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Share a line with a neighbour, you would have to take turns, or it could end up in odd socks.

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Fantastic texture and vantage point. It's beautiful!
John Prior: Thank you
I could fly down one day and follow you processing your photos! smile
John Prior: Hi Pekka. Let me try and go through the steps with this one smile Initial processing in Lightroom3, I try to get a better balance between shadow and highlights by adjusting exposure using either the gradient masks or paintbrush to more selective areas. Then export to Photoshop CS3 where I used Topaz adjust 'Spicify', this is way OTT at default settings. I usually either fade the filter to around 40-50% or have two layers, the original image on top the adjusted one below and adjust transparency of the top one. Fine tune then making use of curves and copy layers with adjustments masks. I find using adjustment masks a great way of blending different layers. In this one I also 'protected' the washing by selecting it and inverting the selection, hope that helps, but it really is a case of experimentation and trying not to overdo it.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Feb 2011, 09:07
I wonder if it ever drops into the water?
John Prior: Thanks Chris, there go the best sheetssmile
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 10 Feb 2011, 10:37
Knowing me it would all drop off into the water.
John Prior: Thanks Chad, good airgun practise to cut the line smile
A lovely capture. I wonder how they handel their washing on realy windy days?
John Prior: Thank you Laurette, best avoided I would think smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 10 Feb 2011, 11:36
Well spotted
John Prior: Thanks Vintage, one is spoilt for choice in Venice
I bet Canaletto never painted a washing linegrin I love this
John Prior: Thanks Bill, If he ran out of canvas, those sheets could have been tempting smile
I do like the image John, I guess the lines work on some sort of pulley device. Your answer to Pekka is very interesting, I hope you don't mind if I use it as a guide, I usually steer clear of "Spicify" in Topaz.
John Prior: Thanks Brian, of course not. I find fading all the topaz filters feels quicker and better than trying to adjust them with the sliders in the programme, although I have saved a few of my own presets, they never seem to be that useful when you try to reuse them on a new subject.
This turned out brilliantly John. Well done with your processing techniques.
John Prior: Thank you Janet
Great processing John..I can see that the foreground would be in shadow..Well done.
John Prior: Thank you Ron
I hope it doesn't get to windy, easier to retrieve in a garden. Lovely image and processing smile
John Prior: Thanks Linda, very true, it could get expensive here.
  • Krunal
  • India
  • 10 Feb 2011, 18:06
superb capture
John Prior: Thank you Krunal smile
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 10 Feb 2011, 18:18
beautiful scene. the quality of light in this is very nice.
John Prior: Thanks a lot Otto, one is spoilt for choice in Venice.
So typical. I like the perspective and true colours of this picture.
Have a nice day.

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