PHOTO: Oriental Woman Smoking

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Khosrownia
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Posted Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:57PM

Hello,


I am still trying to get some useful files for my portfolio. I think this one has potential. Note that I used Gaussian Blur to mask out the designer name on the buttons. I am interested in your opinion about the work and about the blurring of the buttons.


 


Thanks as always.


 


Farzad
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Posted Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:27PM
Looks ok should pass inspection
Khosrownia
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Posted Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:03PM
Thanks.
slobo
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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:04AM
looks a little soft focus to me. It would work better if there was visible smoke.
donald_gruener
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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:07PM
The editing/blurring looks OK on the dropbox page but if you actually download and view the full size file, to my eye it's a bit too obvious. We generally don't want to be able to perceive that something has been obscured - it should look natural. But at 100% there are distinctly blurred areas which jump out from the rest of the image.

The light is cool and flat, I'd suggest punching it up a bit with better contrast and a warmer balance.

I didn't even realize she was smoking until I tried to understand slobo's comment, and then noticed the thread title. The cigarette is almost invisible in her fingers. As a photo that is about a woman smoking, this would have certainly been stronger had the cigarette been at a more noticeable angle.

I see no issue with focus, her eyes and lips are plenty sharp at 100%.
Khosrownia
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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:15PM

I agree there needs to be a more stronger smoking presence. And I do have a few more shots of her doing the same thing. On this one there were more button issues and I wanted to know if I am skillful enough with masking the designer information. I will work more on that.


I will also take care of the lighting issues.


Thanks everyone.


Farzad
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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:37PM
A lot of times, getting rid of logos may take a multi-pronged approach. Just selecting the area and applying a blur is rarely going to be adequate. I always start with cloning if at all possible, and sometimes that's all it takes. Sometimes I follow cloning with a touch of blurring if I'm unable to make the cloning look natural enough, and then adding the slightest hint of noise back into the blurred area so it doesn't jump out as smoother than the rest of the image, then ever-so-slightly blurring the noise (like, 0.3 pixel blur) so that the noise doesn't look too starkly artificial... Again, it all depends on the image, and what kind of source material there is elsewhere in the image to clone or copy over the logo. There's no single technique that always works for everything, just have to take each one as it comes.
Khosrownia
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Posted Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:30AM
Thanks, Donald. I found playing with Hue kind of works on some of these buttons. I am still working on them and have tried cloning.

(Edited on 2013-01-15 07:31:19 by Khosrownia)
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