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Uploaded: 04/26/04 12:57 AM GMT
All's Quiet (corrected by Piner)
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In Piner's reworking, he got rid of telephone pole and wires. and gave it a sepia tone. All this from a pretty paltry starting shot. It's been a tutorial for me and now I am jazzed about getting some new software if I can get close to these end results and learn to use my computer like I use the frames on my walls. Original image here

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::Piner
04/26/04 4:20 AM GMT
What I did first was to stretch the image, because it looked a bit horizontally squished, then I cropped it back down to 1600x1200.
Next, I gave the whole image a tiny bit of blur to minimize the grain and then I got rid of the pole and wire.
I also gave it a touch of circular blur to give it more "subject focus" and to enhance the feeling of depth, then I changed it to B&W.
Next, I made a new layer on top and filled it with a black & white diamond gradient, set at 50% opacity and 50% fill, to tone down the bright edges but keeping the soldier the same. Last, I added the sepia tone.
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The work of art may have a moral effect, but to demand moral purpose from an artist is to make him ruin his work. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - 1832)
::mayne
04/26/04 5:39 AM GMT
Phew, good editing man. Nice explanation of the procedure involved:-)
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Darryl
+ppigeon
05/02/04 11:55 AM GMT
Hooo. Nicely done. Very good jow, Tom :-)
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"Violence is the last resort of the incompetent" (I. Asimov)
+ppigeon
05/02/04 2:35 PM GMT
Ooops... Very good job, Tom ;-)
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"Violence is the last resort of the incompetent" (I. Asimov)
regmar
06/01/04 5:40 PM GMT
Oh my! That's one hell of an edit! What makes one try these things (like a "diamond gradient")? I see the available effects, but most of them a) look like crap, b) must be combined in some arcane permutation, and c) have percentages that must be applied most of which make it look terrible, but a few of which look magnificent. I really admire those of you who know how to work this stuff.
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All our lives, from the moment we're born no one sees what we do through our eyes. But when you take a picture, all that changes. - Karly Kohler
::dreamer100
06/01/04 9:58 PM GMT
I know, I finally got photoshop, I can barely turn it on and when I try an effect I go way too far. Subtlety has never been my strong point. Piner knows how to get what he's going for in it.
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The country has come to feel the same way when congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer. Will Rogers
+Piner
06/01/04 10:34 PM GMT
Thanks a bunch,Regmar & Dreamer100! :cD
Visualization and just being familiar with an Application ("program" for all you PC users).
My first medium was pencils, and you have to have good visualization skills to get what you want down on paper. Have patience while you learn your way around photoshop, get in the habit of saving your work often and get used to using the "undo" or "step backward" commands because you seldom get the desired effect on the first try. :c)
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The work of art may have a moral effect, but to demand moral purpose from an artist is to make him ruin his work. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - 1832)
obscure_presence
06/13/04 11:09 AM GMT
This is gorgeous. I love how you explain what you've done, it'll be a freat help I'm sure.
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k_cams_dog
07/03/04 7:49 AM GMT
Very well done...
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"Can't sleep, clown will eat me... Can't sleep, clown will eat me... "
poeatree_td
08/05/04 4:07 AM GMT
i like both but i so so like this one gives it a nice crisp historic look
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I'm not afraid of being sick. I'm more afraid of being well. I'm not afraid to put the gun in my hand. I'm just afraid it will hurt like hurt like hell. ~ Jack Off Jill
soulspin
10/17/04 8:54 PM GMT
OK, I like it all 3 times then. ha ha
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Ryan_W
12/12/04 6:24 AM GMT
Great shot and touch ups. Goes to show how much can be done to a photo.
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SilentThoughts
01/05/05 10:56 AM GMT
I think this picture is amazing. It has a very strong atmosphere about it. He looks very lonely and the choice of colour balance is fantastic!
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Let our senses capture everything around us, let our thoughts and creativity express the world that surrounds us.
::bayoubooger
03/11/05 12:58 AM GMT
A song started playing in my head after looking at this, Crosby, Stills and Nash, "Winchester Cathedral"...
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stuffnstuff
05/17/05 1:20 AM GMT
I especially like the motion blur. Great touch!
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omardg
10/28/05 2:06 PM GMT
great!!, this my favorite pic of yours, the composition transport me an another atmosphere. the effect is better that original, one color is correct in this case. saludos from mexico.
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alwayslaxn
02/17/06 7:42 AM GMT
"as i walk through the valley of the shadow of death" ...great picture

corny joke of the day:
Q: what did the man say to his friend when they drove past the cemetary?
A: hey man, people are dyin to get in there!
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relax your mind, let your conscience be free.
::PatAndre
02/24/06 3:14 PM GMT
I can better picture visiting this cemetary at night with a full moon in force and seeing this ghostly abberation patroling among the tombs. He stops, turns his head towards me with those piercing eyes and dares me to disturb any of the slumbering warriors.

Lem'me outa here...(Love the photo)
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jacobroecker
10/04/07 1:46 PM GMT
It'll make a good photo for veteran's day coming up
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.northernbird
02/05/08 8:09 PM GMT
What a stupendous idea and very clear & concise explanations as well. Thnaks for sharing.
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::0930_23
08/08/08 3:43 AM GMT
I downloaded this one before I ever became a member of Caedes. It is one of the reasons I joined almost a year ago. Thanks.

Tick
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I'll meet you at the edge of the sunlight, just behind the shadows. The Ghost
.diaz3508
05/28/09 5:26 PM GMT
Real nice re-work..
The RW is much better than the original, I like the Civil War feeling it has..
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