Suby & Sins House

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The Red Martian

Suby in the House

Update 07:00hrs: My lovely wife at about 00:30hrs decides she would like to participate in this exercise and so she sits at the PC for about 15 minutes and comes up with this her own version of this edit. Please do have a looh at  http://suby.shutterchance.com/photoblog/5084.htm

Update 2: All images that have been involved in this exercise should shortly be tagged under "Challenge1"

A HUGE THANK YOU for those who have taken part in this little exercise.

Apologies to those Shutterchancers who may have been interested in taking part and whom I did not send an invite on to. I tried to send the image & invite to as many people as I could.

You can view the original file WE all started with here http://suby.shutterchance.com/photoblog/5052.htm

Here is my own take on this shot. As I said in my mails to you guys, be as creative as you can with this shot. Make it jump out to the viewer.  Enhance the shot. I really did take my time getting the end result on the shot above. I looked at the image for the last day till I was blue in the face, thinking, "what in the hell can you do from the ordinary?

Apologies to all the PURIST out there. The aim of this exercise is to help further our processing skills.  So please if you think the original image was best left alone, PLEASE LOOK AWAY NOW :)

I have to admit something though, I process my images in a sort of round about way, I always find the shortest easiest way to achieve my goal. Below is processing done (as far as I remember) :)

Post Processing: As if I can remember :) Always working with a layer

Me thinks I have confused myself to :)

Words and photography by Suby

"Ars longa, vita brevis"

The Red Martian

Suby in the House

Update 07:00hrs: My lovely wife at about 00:30hrs decides she would like to participate in this exercise and so she sits at the PC for about 15 minutes and comes up with this her own version of this edit. Please do have a looh at  http://suby.shutterchance.com/photoblog/5084.htm

Update 2: All images that have been involved in this exercise should shortly be tagged under "Challenge1"

A HUGE THANK YOU for those who have taken part in this little exercise.

Apologies to those Shutterchancers who may have been interested in taking part and whom I did not send an invite on to. I tried to send the image & invite to as many people as I could.

You can view the original file WE all started with here http://suby.shutterchance.com/photoblog/5052.htm

Here is my own take on this shot. As I said in my mails to you guys, be as creative as you can with this shot. Make it jump out to the viewer.  Enhance the shot. I really did take my time getting the end result on the shot above. I looked at the image for the last day till I was blue in the face, thinking, "what in the hell can you do from the ordinary?

Apologies to all the PURIST out there. The aim of this exercise is to help further our processing skills.  So please if you think the original image was best left alone, PLEASE LOOK AWAY NOW :)

I have to admit something though, I process my images in a sort of round about way, I always find the shortest easiest way to achieve my goal. Below is processing done (as far as I remember) :)

Post Processing: As if I can remember :) Always working with a layer
  • Desaturate the background by about 15%.
  • Sharpening on the main figure, addition of a little contrast to main figure, addition of contrast to background using new adjustment layer curve tool.
  • Enhance per channel contrast with curve tool and adjust the red, green & blue channels as desired.
  • Flatten image, create layer, add radial blur, adjust opacity as required. Layer mask, reveal all and use brush tool to show part of the background layer required.
  •  Flatten image, Create layer again, go to filter, pixelate then crystallise then once again, Layer mask, reveal all and use brush tool to show part of the background layer required & PRESTO job done. Confused yet?

Me thinks I have confused myself to :)

Words and photography by Suby

"Ars longa, vita brevis"

comments (31)

  • timmybomb
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • 16 Jun 2006, 00:53
I'm impressed Suby. I was just commenting to someone earlier today that you are the Photoshop master. You seemed to have confirmed that belief with this image.

One of the things you dare to mess with that I have never tried is dealing with an image on a 'per channel' basis. I'm thinking about buying a book that is just about channels. It looks like your mastery of channels is one of the reasons that you stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Out of curiousity, how did you choose this particular image? I had a look at the original; it was rather underwhelming. I'm impressed that you were able to be inspired with such creativity by this photo. Cheerio!
Suby & Sinem: Awww, me blushing here smile The Photoshop CS2 Channels Book by
Scott Kelby is a dream, invest in it and be amazed smile

I chose the image to be edited c ause I knew it would be such a challenge to everyone(myself included0 to try to make something out of it. Why use an image that the simplest of photoshoping would resolve, would sort of defeat the aim of learning about photoshop smile I see you have raised a hot debate on your blog today regarding photoshoping of images, Good on you.

Have a lovely day and once again, my thanks for your lovely comments
Subster, you amaze me. you have have definitely taken the ordinary and made it extraordinary. Well done.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks for the comments Matt smile Suby
  • Alicia
  • USA
  • 16 Jun 2006, 01:22
That's some crazy hair! He must be quite a character.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Alicia, I think he is smile
Suby
  • rayts
  • Philippines
  • 16 Jun 2006, 01:51
this is something that i may not be able to master. you did great. you add greater focus to your subject which completely help the eyes with an immediate focus towards his direction. a nice dramatic effect which can never be achieved with the original, i think.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks for the comments. Yoou have a lovely weekend and look forward to more stonking posts from you.
Suby
suby,
i really dig what you have done to this shot. i particularly like the way that you were able to draw the attention of the shot to the dude. i really would love to have half the knowledge of photoshop that you exhibit. well done man.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Nicole, a lot of burning the candles at night is what it takes, Still not where I would like to be in my photoshop skills, Still have soo much to learn but thanks for the comments smile
Suby
  • timmybomb
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • 16 Jun 2006, 04:38
Hey Suby, I forgot something. Who else was part of this photo processing challenge? I'd love to see other people's take on the image. Any way you could post their addresses in the future, or are there too many to list?
Suby & Sinem: Thanks for the comment, You can look at aother edits at the following adresses:
http://pixelthis.shutterchance.com/photoblog/5077.htm
http://steve.shutterchance.com/
http://chunter.shutterchance.com/
http://petra.shutterchance.com/
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 16 Jun 2006, 04:55
It's a cool take on the shot, but the processing is all Greek to me. Layer masks, desaturating just the backsground??? How??? And don't tell me magnetic lassoo, cause that thing just goes off all over the place no matter what settings I use, unless it's a black box on a white background. Of all the tools, magnetic lassoo is the most frustrating for me. If you don't get it right...you have to start all over.

Sorry, for the photoshop vent.
Suby & Sinem: Hey please do feel free to vent anytime(I enjoy reading them) smile The magmetic lasso, although I try to avoid using it I taught myself through perseverance how to use the darn tool, I do understand the frustration, just keep at it and one day you will have cracked it smile

You know that is one question I have always wanted to ask, ANYONE, is there any way of correcting errors when using the darn magnetic lasso without having to start all OVER AGAIN? Please let me know smile

I use layer masking and brush tool to reveal whats underneath. Easier on me blood pressure smile
Have a lovely weekend lauris.
Suby
very cool. dramatic.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Wale, do have a love ly weekend.
Suby
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Jun 2006, 06:21
Good morning Suby, Great great great what you did!! I will comment later today because i have to go to work and i didn't see the others yet..
Petra
Need to be readed.
  • chunter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jun 2006, 08:14
Yep, followed all that, and learned a trick or two, namely Layer Mask/Reveal All/Brush Tool. Must try that out, thanks.

You forgot to clone out the light growing on the young man's head! And you didn't reveal how you achieved the natty little shredded-edge border, which I rather like.

I'd like to have seen the young man jump out a bit more, though. The shadow around his neck and the back of his head blends in with the background shadow making the whole of that area a bit dark. Nonetheless, very impressive. The Subster rocks!
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Colin, I actually just decided to leave in that glow around his head, don't know why it just seem to work for me.

how I acchieved the shredded edge border? BY PURE LUCK smile I had done the radial blur and just a lain border on this version when I decided to go back to the image and add pixelate and PRESTO. I told you I go about my editing in a roundabout way smile I was lucky this time smile
Suby
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 16 Jun 2006, 09:34
Mines up! Its late I know lol.

Yours looks like a comic. Impressive
Suby & Sinem: Yeah it does, like a graphics comic cover, I thought of that when I was processing it. Thanks
Suby
  • Barbara
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jun 2006, 09:46
Sorry Prof...I did try, having got the picture after 8pm yesterday night, but it wasn't happening. I like both yours and Sinem's but for me Steve's the winner..because he actually worked in the football theme which you had alluded to in the description of the picture.
Suby & Sinem: Hey I thought Colin's was the winer? smile I do agree with you her very cleverly worked into the shot the theme. Well done to him.

Suby
  • Barbara
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jun 2006, 09:48
Couldn't these all be tagged? Isn't this the theme for the week?
Suby & Sinem: Umm good idea, didn't think of that smile Like Duhh!!! Suby
No it is not really a theme for the week, was just an idea I throw out to the guys. I have asked if people want this to be a reoccuring theme every 2 weeks, so far I have been getting positive responses so do watch this space.
Suby
  • Steve
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jun 2006, 09:54
Very inventive and well executed. I have the same points as Colin's last couple of paragraphs though. I also think that maybe you could have 1) blurred the edge of the girl's arm where it obscures his trousers and 2) tinted the 3 highlight areas, particularly the van, so they aren't distracting.

In my capacity as self-appointed, non-elected, autocratic judge, I award you the second-place rosette. Jolly well done! You were pipped by Colin.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Steve, I do agree Colins shot does have a "maybe" slight edge over mine, Mine is more about the darkside (you know I love dark) and his is more bright, sunny and all things good, Darn the movies for giving that wrong concept that good always wins smile
I accept the 2nd place rosette with all humbleness.

I thought about doing the things you suggested in your comment, but decided to leave it well alone, sort of adds to the image(for me), Okay maybe the van idea I should have done smile

Suby
Note to self: MUST WIN 1ST PLACE ROSETTE AT NEXT THEME/EXERCISE.
Hey suby this is great...A wonderful idea too, im sure everyone agrees..Apologies for not taking part this time, it'll happen next time, dont you worry...hehe grin seems like everyones blurred out the ladies and got the guy to stick right out..
Suby & Sinem: It's cool, I know I did not give most people enough notice,oh well, next time(hope there will be one) I will.

Seems we all where thinking the dame, it was rather difficult to work with the ladies otherwise, hence the challenge. I am glad how this has turned out. i have learned a lot from the other edits done and the techniques used. I really do wish other visitors to Shutterchance and Shutterchance members have been able to pick up one or tricks here.
Suby
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Jun 2006, 10:46
nice artistic shot.

Have a great weekend!
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Chantal, you have a lovely weekend to. When is your blog coming back online?

Suby
  • micki
  • 16 Jun 2006, 11:42
Excellent work, Suby! I'd be interested in knowing what some of the others did, because I doubt anyone could outdo you here.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Micki, but it seem I have apparently been outdone sad Check the apperent winner's blog (me jealous) at http://chunter.shutterchance.com/ also have a look at others who have participated at
http://pixelthis.shutterchance.com/photoblog/5077.htm
http://steve.shutterchance.com/
http://petra.shutterchance.com/
http://alakija.shutterchance.com/photoblog/5088.htm

Do have a lovely weekend.

Suby
Nice one there. I saw the original, and this is way cooler than that one. Great job.....
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Mike, glad you think it's cool. Do have a lovely weekend
  • Sinem
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jun 2006, 12:31
And I tohught you loved me sad
You forgot to send Micki my link!
Suby & Sinem: Ooops, you know I loooove you. Suby in the dog house tonight smile

Love you Wifey
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 16 Jun 2006, 14:33
AND mine smile
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 16 Jun 2006, 19:48
After seeing all the versions,thinking,eating dinner,rethinking,I think I like this one the best.Very well executed, very vivid and lively, unique.
GREAT GREAT WORK!!!
  • faustina
  • United States
  • 16 Jun 2006, 21:26
interesting processing suby. Is there a list somewhere of everyone who took a stab at it? It would be interesting to compare them all side by side. I really like what you did with this.
  • browninq
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jun 2006, 21:30
Hi Suby,
your shot is tight. Always find Layer Mask difficult to use but you seem to have a good grasp of it. well done
You definitely transformed this image Suby. This is no longer enhancement oh!
However the guy is popping out of the image too much for me. Probably a more subtle blending with the rest of the image might have been better.
Hey Suby,

you have done a great job in transforming the original image!
well done

P.S thanks for the email about the challenge smile
it was alot of fun !
  • shaped
  • Switzerland
  • 17 Jun 2006, 01:47
great feeling of movement. cool post processing!
  • Kris
  • Belgium
  • 18 Jun 2006, 08:34
Amazing processing! I love it!!
cool motion effect...and great selection of colors...also i like the composition heresmile)
  • chinny
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jun 2006, 10:39
i really love this pic!!!! i love it!
Suby & Sinem: Aww, thanks, that was the aim, for people to like this.
Suby
  • MrC
  • Kingdom of Kernow
  • 9 Jul 2006, 11:48
great great work with the post processing stuff!! you've turned a shite shot into an excellent shot, a piece of art no less!
wink

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