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Old February 21st, 2012, 11:05 PM
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Help Bringing Out a Net Please

I took this shot of a guy throwing a cast-net, and I really like what I captured, however when I tried my normal Processing technique, I wasn't able to draw out the net and it's beautiful shape, to it's best advantage.
I have affixed a Jpeg with only a tad of adjustment to the levels (SOOC) and another with my normal Processing.
Can anyone direct me to a suiyable tut or method for bringing out the best of such fine detail?
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 11:11 AM
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Hi Ron! The thrown net is really cool! I love the flowing shape. I processed a version using Topaz Adjust and its built-in curves adjustment. Don't know if this helps much unless you have the plug-in. Anyhoo, here is what I got:
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 04:45 PM
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No Pacfam, I don't have the plug in but I might experiment with Grants Tools. Your work has done a good job on the water, but doesn't change the visibility of the net much. I thought there might be a way of separating it a bit, so that it could be high lighted. I admit it is the shape and life of the net that I was trying to capture. and I think I was close. LoL
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 07:40 PM
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I forgot how to use Pixentral I hope this works
I duplicated the Background layer then added a layer mask and used a brush to remove most of the blended layer and left the net. Then used a brush at about 30% and removed a little of the color of the net. Not sure if this is the look you are after.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 09:10 PM
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Getting close Tina I use the first part of your suggestion a bit but have never thought of deleting the bits I don't want. Great Grist for the mill I will work at it and get back.
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Can't offer any suggestions Ron except - what's wrong with it as it is? The wonderful flowing lines and the etherial nature of the net really work for me, It seems alive and reminds me of a jellyfish.
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Old February 28th, 2012, 04:16 PM
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Can't offer any suggestions Ron except - what's wrong with it as it is? The wonderful flowing lines and the etherial nature of the net really work for me, It seems alive and reminds me of a jellyfish.
Nothing wrong Kev, but I am of an Ilk that always wants more, and the fineness of the skein made it a little too indistinct for me. I had a go at Tina B's method but don't have her talent or patience, but I did do some experimenting which showed some improvement when I tried an adjustment filter > Equalize. So I just processed the 3 other shots I had as I did the one here and it seemed to work.
I have posted them as "Freeze Frame on my 2012 Challenge Blog HERE please have a look and see if you like the change, I include these two shots in the post as a starting point but added the 4 Equalized shots. I would be interested in you assesment of what I have achieved.
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Old February 28th, 2012, 09:59 PM
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Use camera raw?

The best I could do to bring out the net was open as with camera raw; boost contrast to +100 and then do recovery also at +100. Bump brightness and/or fill light to taste
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Ron, that fisherman gave you some opportunities, and you were quick to take advantage of them.
You have some great shots. I would be happy with #2 & #3 in the first column.
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