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Three boats on the K & A, Bradford on Avon (1574)
17.4.07 Chris Spracklen

Three boats on the K & A, Bradford on Avon (1574)

Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

Please view at 'original' size to see all the detail!

I did a lot of 'work' on this to turn it into a more painterly image…

• First, I ran it through Photoshop with NeatImage to get rid of any digital noise, then I saved three different 'exposures' as TIFF files…

• I then combined the three 'exposures' in Photomatix Pro to give a more balanced overall exposure…

• Next, I took it back into Photoshop and cloned out a lamp post and two T.V. aeriels, darkened the sky a little, and levelled the overall image…

• Then I used the shadow/highlight tool to lighten the deep shadows and the curves palette to slightly darken the whites, before boosting the overall contrast levels…

• Next, I duplicated the layer and applied a 'glowing edge' filter (with values of 20, 1, & 7), to the top layer, sharpening the edges with an 'unsharp mask' action of 100% at .7 of a pixel…

• Then I used a 'soft light' blend mode to allow the colour and detail to show through, before merging the layers.

• After that, I dodged and burned a bit to bring out some of the key features of the photo and enhance the detail…

• And finally, before cropping to a letterbox format, I applied a light canvas texture to finish the painterly effect!

I hope you like it. I shall probably have it properly printed at around 30 inches wide, then frame it and hang it on my wall!!

Nikon D80 ,Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED AF-S DX

other sizes: small medium large original
skhin25-Jun-2007 15:40
Great picture and technique.
Guest 21-Apr-2007 19:15
Lovely shot, great colours.
Enny21-Apr-2007 17:44
it's a very colorful image, well done.
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