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Discussion in 'Appraisal Gallery' started by CircleOfConfusion, Jan 27, 2006.

  1. CircleOfConfusion

    CircleOfConfusion Well-Known Member

    Ok, got round to scanning some of my 35mm stuff, although its just scans of the 6x4's so the quality isnt great and they look a bit soft compared to the originals :(
    Just wanted to know what you guys think, I really like the peir shot, just wished I was quicker and got the lonely figure when they were closer :mad:

    Bangor peir

    snaking stone wall

    my atempt at a macro shot
  2. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    I like them. Technically they're a bit flat and lacking contrast and could do with some unsharp masking applied to them but asthetically................nice!

  3. pompeysnapper

    pompeysnapper Well-Known Member

    nice shots, the pier is my favourite.

    what kind of animal does the eye belong to?
  4. CircleOfConfusion

    CircleOfConfusion Well-Known Member

    It belongs to felix my cat, who's often the star of many photos when its too missrible to go outside :)
    I have to admit they do look a bit soft and lacking contrast but I hope thats due to the poor quality of my scanner and not me (I really need to get photoshop too :()
  5. petebarker

    petebarker Member

    i recognised Bangor peir. i think that thats your best photo out of the three posted hear. ime not a fan of macro work so i cant really pass jugment on your cats eye. and i think that the photo of the stone wall would have been greatly improved if you had have focused on the part of the wall nearist to the bottom of the frame.

    overall though nice pictures.

    pete :D
  6. CircleOfConfusion

    CircleOfConfusion Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the feedback, I think you're right about the stone wall, can't think why I didn't make sure it was in focus looking at your gallery I see you're only down the road, I've only taken my camera there once and managed to get these:

    llundudno couple (904x424 - 107 K)
    llundudno sea front (904x463 - 151 K)
    the weather was a bit missreable but I'm fairly pleased with them.

    (sorry they're linked but they looked far too small at 600)
  7. AGW

    AGW Well-Known Member

    Hi there...

    Not a size issue...but focus. Whats your work flow, somewhere along the line you probably need to apply a bit of unsharp mask.

  8. CircleOfConfusion

    CircleOfConfusion Well-Known Member

    I hate to sound dumb but whats an unsharp mask :D is it just a general sharpening of the image?
    At the moment these are just scans of 6x4 prints on a fairly old flatbed scanner, then resized/croped in microsoft photo editor :eek: I will be investing in a film scanner and a copy of photoshop some time in the future but at the moment budget constraints mean its the best I can do :(
  9. Ian_A

    Ian_A Well-Known Member

    There's some software called 'Easy Thumbnails' available for free from http://www.fookes.com/ezthumbs/index.php that will allow you to re-size your scans to exact dimensions (don't be misled by the 'Thumbnails' bit) and it also has a few basic controls including sharpening.

    You get a preview of the final-sized image, and it will process individual images, or many at a time. You can set 'image quality' too, so generating files to the 600 pixel/ less than 100K limits for this forum is, er, a snap!

    There's an item on 'unsharp masks' at http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/understanding-series/understanding-usm.shtml, I can't recall if Microsoft Photo Editor has this option though.
  10. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    You could also peruse our very own forum moderator Chris's (SIUYA) comprehensive tutorial and link to a free sharpening tool here in our gallery:

    Chris (SIUYA) explains all here!

  11. CircleOfConfusion

    CircleOfConfusion Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the tips, the easy thumbs program certainley makes resizing a lot quicker and a lot less guess work, tried the sharp control program too which seems fairly striaght forward, although its very hard to tell how much is too much sometimes. Was looking at the website for the GIMP program, is it any good? does anyone use this instead of photoshop?
  12. petebarker

    petebarker Member

    hey thanks for looking at my gallery.

    also ime liking the two llandudno shots. personaly i think that dull weather can sometimes enhance black and white shots. out of the two i like the one with the two pepole on the jetty best.

    pete :D
  13. Ian_A

    Ian_A Well-Known Member

    It's a good alternative to Photoshop if you're on a tight budget, as it's free. It doesn't have all the features that Photoshop does, but it's quite a capable bit of software.

    Can't say I like the 'look and feel' of it much, it was really designed for the Linux (hair shirt) brigade ... ;)
  14. 0

    0 Guest

    Someone's produced a PS-like frontend to it, I believe. If I come across the link I'll post it (but don't hold your breath!).
  15. 0

    0 Guest

    Well, anyone who doesn't use a Mac or Windoze on a PC doesn't have the choice.
  16. CircleOfConfusion

    CircleOfConfusion Well-Known Member

    doesn't sound too bad then, I just got the idea from the website that it was more about 3D maping and graphics "stuff" and not some much about photos :D I think I'll have to give it a go anyway, especialy as its free, but then of course you can get photoshop for free....
  17. Chris Cool

    Chris Cool Retired

  18. 0

    0 Guest

    Re: PS front-end for Gimp

    That's the one, Chris, well spotted.
  19. AJUK

    AJUK Well-Known Member

    Re: PS front-end for Gimp

    Did you use Hyperfocal distance on the second one?
  20. Lounge Lizard

    Lounge Lizard Well-Known Member

    Re: PS front-end for Gimp

    No, just Hypam fixer.

    [Clever comment inserted]

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