Old 10-31-2005, 04:13 PM   #26
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Try this one for sharpening:

Select Image -> Mode -> Lab Color.
Select Channels Window -> Lightness channel [Ctrl+1]
Select View -> Actual Pixels.
Select Filter -> Sharpen -> Unsharp Mask.
In the Unsharp Mask dialogue, set Amount (200?) (your choice), Radius 0.3 and
Threshold 0. Hit OK.
Select Image -> Mode -> RGB Color.
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Old 11-01-2005, 11:48 PM   #27
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I came across this photo in the gallery tonight, to me it's obviously been PS manipulated. Don't get me wrong I totally dig the photo, but I thought this was against the guidelines.


http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=123209
Well, now that I finally have found my way into the forums, let me give you the definitive answer on socalrailfan's original question/concern.

This image has not been altered from what was there to begin with. It is one very contrasty exposure to begin with and one very poor scan on my part however, and here's why:

This scan was done in a very non-traditional manner because my slide scanner is currently inoperative and I didn't want to take the time to have it done down at the lab. So, I placed my original slide on a small viewing lightbox and using a tripod with the head reversed re-photographed the image with my Sony Mavica CD400 in macro mode. This gave me an image of 2272x1704 which in this case included part of the slide mount.

I then cropped and resized it down to 1024x768 and applied one level of sharpening using Paint Shop Pro. It is true that the highlights are slightly overexposed here. The steam effects and the numerals 4501 on the tender are not true in color. The numbers are in fact a strong yellow on the slide.

Had I spent a bit of time with the image editor I probably could have made it appear truer, but I didn't. Otherwise, what you see is what was there that evening.

And no, I was not offended in the least by any of the posts here. In fact I enjoyed the discussion. Now, if only I had known this thread had been started to begin with I would have responded much sooner. As it was, I just stumbled onto the forums this evening and then I discovered that you have to re-register to post here.

Whatever, I hope you all enjoyed the photo. It's one of my favorites.
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Old 11-02-2005, 02:41 AM   #28
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Thanks for the explanation Classiclights. Thanks for not taking my post the wrong way, no harm was intended. I might have to contact you to get a 8x10 printable size for me to print up. Great photo once again.
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