Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
pickinupafew

A little help please...

Recommended Posts

Wow, some very nice stuff being posted here lately.

Life and job have thrown an awful lot of stuff my way the last 6 weeks. I haven't been able to visit this forum very often, but when I needed a mental break this is the first placed I would drop into.... thanks for posting all of your great images.

Now for the request... A while back, Steve posted a very nice tutorial on blending layers in Photoshop to achieve an extended dynamic range. I can't seem to locate this post. If anyone has a link to that particular post, I would really appreciate if he/she could pass it on.

Thank you so much!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Its possible it got lost in the forum upgrades. I did a search and couldn't find it but Steve will be back this week and no doubt can post his procedure again.

I can give you two of my methods which are really quite simple. In the first If I want to lighten something I duplicate the photo so it is its own layer, and choose "screen" under the layer mode. I then create a layer mask of that layer and with a wide soft brush paint back in the dark areas I want to keep.

In Photoshop "screen" lightens and "multiply" darkens, so if you have a light sky to darken for instance select "multiply" as the layer mode. You can also adjust the opacity to give you the tone you want.

If you shot multiple photos at different exposures you can also use this method.

I do use two or three shots together in a sort of poor mans HDR to darken a sky or lighten a foreground. It is not great for detailed situations but in the case of skys and foregrounds it works well. For these sunset or sunrise shots I usually take an exposure for the sky and one for the foreground and blend the two together to get the dynamic range I want.

Here are two throw away shots that should illustrate what I mean followed by the final result. Takes about 1 minute to do this.

1. Open both or more photos in PS. I usually take the light shot and using the move tool along with the shift key drag the dark photo on top of the light. Using the shift key until dropping will perfectly position them together.

2. Take the top layer and add a layer mask to it. Make sure that the foreground colors palete on the left is set to black and white and the selected color is black. Now using a broad brush, making sure you have the mask active, paint to reveal the layer underneath. Change brush sizes, the opacity of the brush and switch to white to undo what you have done.

This works well with sky and foreground that has reasonable lines to work with, the pier shot may not be the best to use. HDR in this case may be a better option.

#1 Sky is good, the rest is underexposed.

195297639-L.jpg

#2 Overexposed sky, foreground looks good.

195297589-L.jpg

#3 Result. Remember I did this in less than a minute. You could do some tweaking to certain areas. Just switch between black and white, size of brush, opacity of brush, opacity of layer. Many adjustments you can make. Pardon the dirty sensor. The restaurant on the left I used about 40% opacity because revealing the light under neath made it to bright. The building under the ferris wheel would benefit from the same treatment, just to lazy to work it.

195297531-L.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I too would like to read that tutorial.

So, which version of PS are you using to make this work? I am currently using Photomatix to process 3 or more images into one. But with late night photos, the dark areas retain a lot of noise.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for taking the time DBL for the detailed process. Very helpful!!

Definitely works well. I'm putting it into my bag o' processing tricks.

Still wouldn't mind seeing Steve's tutorial as well.

Thanks again for the very informative process Dbl.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's here.

The images have been deleted because I'm no longer using photobucket but that's not really a problem when following the steps.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

And here is one I just learned today, unreal what you pickup even after using Photoshop for a while. Have you ever used "Apply Image"? If you have a shot that you want to recover the lights or highlights, such as a sky that is blown out try this procedure. EXTREMELY fast and easy with pretty good results.

Lets use the shot above, with the sky too light.

195297589-L.jpg

Open the image and create an adjustment layer with levels. Take your black slider and move it to the right until your sky looks darker and suited to your taste. Say OK, you are now left with a silhouette shot.

Now go under "Image" and choose "Apply Image", accept the default parameters and say OK.

Violla, it creates its own mask!!

296325512_YqjCD-L.jpg

Really fast easy way to fix skies! Give it a try you will like it. Bet you didn't even know the tool existed! I didn't!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • some people are bad apples that give the sport a bad name, I as a snowmobiler have respect for driveways. FYI driveway approaches are on the public right of way, you may not block them, or place anything that can injure someone. trail groomers actually do you a favor by knocking down the bank, to keep it level. unless your groomer was not well trained, they will not groom over your driveway.
    • If code allows post frame for residential construction then by design you don't need a block foundation. 
    • Perfect that awnsers my question. Why spend $250 when I could spend $150 on a new lazer bit and cuts faster, it’s more durable but still about same weight and a chipper but. Really a no brainer. What are you seeing for drilling time with that 8 inch lazer?
    • From my experience one of my only complaints with the Kdrill is how slow it drills. It more than gets the job done but my laser 8” is faster.
    • So I’ve always fished 8 inch holes but really why? Most Anything can fit through a 6 inch hole anyway. I was thinking maybe for next season of getting a 6 or 8 inch I drill and putting it on my 1.5hp solo. Right now it’s about 24lb which is light but with the k drill it would be lighter yet. My question is would I be getting any more speed out of a k drill vs regular SM chipper bit? And then I can invest in a nice Milwaukee fuel and there we go.
    • Hi there, new here. Found this place because of this older topic.  We are planning a pole barn home on a slab. This is the 1st one in our township and the inspector seems unsure about the requirements for the slab "foundation" and insulation. When we started last year the old inspector said if the poles are through the frost level (42") you can just lay down a flat 4" slab. The new inspector seems to think it needs a foundation. Not finding much info online for this specific build. Plan as of right now. 4" radon pea gravel and barrier, 4" rock, 2" foam, heat tubes, steel mesh with 4" concrete over that. Someone here know the county (Isanti) spec for something like this? Township overrules county.  Thanks.   https://talk.newagtalk.com/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=376864&DisplayType=nested
    • BB gun?  Hows that for a 1st post?   
    • Ahh. Thanks for your story PRO-V. That’s what I’m trying to avoid. Plus it’s about 400 feet of hose to get to the banks...
    • A couple years ago I just got done plowing my driveway with the wheeler. Along comes an adult snowmobiler with his kid following behind. Guy crosses driveway and stops on top of opposite bank. Then he guns his machine sending all the snow back in the driveway. This is not a trail, just random ditch riders. Well I was outside and saw him do it. I jumped in my truck and cut him off at a road crossing 2 blocks away. I jumped out and royally chewed his azz and told him what a bad example he was setting for the kid. I think he got the message. For awhile after that I sprayed water on the banks to freeze them. No respect, they wouldn't want you doing that to their driveway. 
  • MWO