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    rocketman
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    Phun With PhotoShop !!WARNING WIDE!!

    Ok so here is another pano made with my G9. This shot is the same plaza
    as in the other shot of the Mayan Ruins only taken from the opposite side
    and up higher and is composed of just 2 shots.

    The first is un altered and you can some pesky tourist stand around in the plaza




    Then I decided to remove the poeple from the shot and do a little enhancement
    to color and bring down the highlights some on the stone and darken the
    image somewhat as it was in the middle of a rather dense forest and
    I wanted to try and capture more of the somewhat somber mood I felt
    as I stood there in the deep shade on a structure that was almost holy
    being some 4000 years old.



    I used PhotoShop CS version 8 which I believe cost me around $100,
    its a much less expensive version of the software.
    I used a combination of tools for this, the first thing I did was to use the
    "healing" tool to "airbrush" out the people. This is a very nice feature,
    you simply pick an area near where you want to work, set the brush
    size and density and start to work over the area you want modify, the
    tool will replace the area being worked with a copy of the area you
    choose in the initial pick. As you work the area you can change the "pick"
    point to reflect the changing background around the area you are
    airbrushing out. It took about 45 minutes to remove all 6 people.
    You have to work fairly close in and change the density and size
    of the brush as you go.

    Then I used the levels tools to bring down the highlights some and
    then the highlight/shadow tools to bring out the shadows a tad.
    Finally I used the color replacement tool to deepen the greens and
    browns for the final "somber" effect.

    All in all it took me a little over and hour to make all the changes.

    And ALWAYS remember to make a copy before you start to work on
    such a project. You can also make a new layer to work on rather than
    working right on the main image layer, this the generally accepted way
    to ensure you can back out of any changes without effecting the base layer.


    RM

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    rocketman
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    Quote Originally Posted by SheRidesABeemer View Post
    Yeah, get rid of the tourist! Next project: replace them with your bike.
    Funny thing of course that *I* was a tourist myself that day :grin

    Yah know, I COULD do that! Ha Ha!

    ( wonder how I could get my bike to "sit" on the stairs thou?)

    RM

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    Very nice work.

    Most of my panos aren't stitched, but when they are I'm always in a quandary as to leaving tourists in or out in the overlap areas. Almost invariably, I'll leave them in, in the positions I recall them being in at the time of the photo. Reasons I do that are to give the photo scale, and to date it somewhat (clothes, hairstyles, etc), and to be accurate as far as a sense of journalism goes.

    But perfectly valid arguments can be made for leaving them out, too. Paragraph above isn't meant as condemnation.

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    rocketman
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    Quote Originally Posted by DougGrosjean View Post
    Very nice work.

    Most of my panos aren't stitched, but when they are I'm always in a quandary as to leaving tourists in or out in the overlap areas. Almost invariably, I'll leave them in, in the positions I recall them being in at the time of the photo. Reasons I do that are to give the photo scale, and to date it somewhat (clothes, hairstyles, etc), and to be accurate as far as a sense of journalism goes.

    But perfectly valid arguments can be made for leaving them out, too. Paragraph above isn't meant as condemnation.
    Nor taken to be!

    Yes there are pluses and minuses to both views, I did it here more to show
    some of what can be done with some actually rather simple editing rather than
    sugguest that having people in the shot was "bad". Its fun to play around with
    photos esp. something as "inocent" as removing the people in this one,
    good pratice for those times when you really want to make a photo "pop"
    that might otherwise not.

    RM

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    mrich12000
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketman View Post
    Ok so here is another pano made with my G9. This shot is the same plaza
    as in the other shot of the Mayan Ruins only taken from the opposite side
    and up higher and is composed of just 2 shots.

    The first is un altered and you can some pesky tourist stand around in the plaza




    Then I decided to remove the poeple from the shot and do a little enhancement
    to color and bring down the highlights some on the stone and darken the
    image somewhat as it was in the middle of a rather dense forest and
    I wanted to try and capture more of the somewhat somber mood I felt
    as I stood there in the deep shade on a structure that was almost holy
    being some 4000 years old.


    Here are the pEople inserted again



    I used PhotoShop CS version 8 which I believe cost me around $100,
    its a much less expensive version of the software.
    I used a combination of tools for this, the first thing I did was to use the
    "healing" tool to "airbrush" out the people. This is a very nice feature,
    you simply pick an area near where you want to work, set the brush
    size and density and start to work over the area you want modify, the
    tool will replace the area being worked with a copy of the area you
    choose in the initial pick. As you work the area you can change the "pick"
    point to reflect the changing background around the area you are
    airbrushing out. It took about 45 minutes to remove all 6 people.
    You have to work fairly close in and change the density and size
    of the brush as you go.

    Then I used the levels tools to bring down the highlights some and
    then the highlight/shadow tools to bring out the shadows a tad.
    Finally I used the color replacement tool to deepen the greens and
    browns for the final "somber" effect.

    All in all it took me a little over and hour to make all the changes.

    And ALWAYS remember to make a copy before you start to work on
    such a project. You can also make a new layer to work on rather than
    working right on the main image layer, this the generally accepted way
    to ensure you can back out of any changes without effecting the base layer.


    RM
    Wonderful photos



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    thanks

    Liked the video, parts reminded me of traveling by car from Bengasi to Tripoli
    by car back in 58 along the edge of the Sahara, man talk about desolate....
    sometimes we'd have to stop and wait for the road to be uncovered by
    workers using nothing more than brooms and sweeper drawn by camel
    after a bad sand storm had blown thru.

    The peoples of Peru have always fascinated me as well, and our guide
    in Belize was a mix of Mayan and Spanish decent and when he spoke of
    the history of the palace you could tell from the pride in his voice he was
    reciting more than just some rehearsed words, he was telling us HIS history.
    And indeed looking at the ruins he had every reason to be proud
    of what they had accomplished. I only hope I did it justice in my images.

    Very kool and interesting day.

    RM

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