I don’t normally do colour street stuff but this was just perfect for the job. St Patricks day, 2009 on the streets of Wexford, Ireland. The reason I’m processing this one is because of a new sharpening technique that I picked up from Ciaran Whyte. It’s called Octave sharpening where you copy the image 4 times as layers and change them to luminosity. You sharpen the first image to 500%, 0.5 radius and leave opacity of the layer at 100%, The second is 500%, 1 radius and 50% opacity of the layer. The third is 500%, 2 radius and 25% radius and the last being 500%, 4 radius and 12% opacity of the layer. The threshold in all of these layers sharpening is zero. You will have to play with the opacity and strength of these so I would suggest creating smart objects of each layer first. Then ultimately make an action from it as it does take a little time.
The top two images I had taken on a lovely early morning in Rosslare Strand, Co. Wexford last March. Quite pleased with myself I was! The second image above was the first time that I used the polariser to lose the reflection on the water to see the home-made slipway in all its glory. I posted both of these on our Camera Club forum and the feedback was positive…but the calls were “I’d like to see the old rustbucket in next to the slipway”.
So an hour of my life later and PS combined with a Trust graphics tablet I played God and moved the boat from one area 250 yards from whence it came to where you see it in the last image. Nothing special about the move other than a lot of fine detailed masking to remove the old background from the boat and place it in over the original green boat.
Sadly the response by one was “I’d like to see a green boat next to the slip”. There ain’t no pleasing some…