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If you've been following our Photoshop Tennis page on Facebook you will have already seen this image. It was shot in Dubai earlier this year, and as you can see if you take a look at the original, the post-processing was extensive but straightforward: it was straightened, after which I used different 18 masked curves (one for each pane of glass), another for the frame, and then a couple of other adjustments to alter the colour balance.

In other news: I'm heading back to the UK tomorrow, to shoot a wedding on Saturday (with my good mate Craig) and to deliver a 1-2-1 training session next Tuesday. I'm also hoping to find some time to head down to the beach in search of clouds, waves, and washed up stuff. I'm really looking forward to it :)

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10.22am on 1/3/10
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3x2 + travel [Dubai, UAE] + abstract + show the original
comment by Nicki at 11:15 AM (GMT) on 7 September, 2010

Clear, sharp, brilliant! I think a tutorial/critique slot which explains some techniques of sharpen, replace and saturate a capture would be complete your great "lineup".

comment by djib at 12:00 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2010

Then end result really is amazing compared to the original.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 02:05 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2010

Cool processing with cool results. Love the mosaic of colors!
Jealous of your trip... have a great time!

comment by Chris Yakimov at 02:14 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2010

Nice - I think it's been a while since you've posted washed up stuff. :) I love the colours in this, and I'm shocked at how true the straightening is - hope you don't mind me asking, but is this something you could have done in CS2 or 3, or is this thanks to CS5?

comment by jesse at 02:27 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2010

stunning! one of my favorites yet.

comment by chesuidayeur at 04:50 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2010

Baffling. The comparison with the original makes me wonder what marvels my worst shots may contain ... I'm going to work harder for sure !
Great work ! I love it.

comment by Aly at 09:53 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2010

Amazing photoshop skills. The colors look amazing. Almost looks abstract, especially compared to the original.

comment by ramon at 11:42 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2010

Cool. Seems like a soap bubble windows building.

comment by yu at 01:56 AM (GMT) on 8 September, 2010

what transformation!

comment by djn1 at 04:12 AM (GMT) on 8 September, 2010

Thanks everyone.

Nicki: that's a good suggestion.

Chris: I just used the Skew option within the Transform tool for this one (Edit -> Transform) so any version of Photoshop would do.

chesuidayeur: it's definitely worth spending time thinking through how to transform a less than ideal image. A lot won't work, but some are definitely worth a second look.

comment by LightningPaul at 09:31 AM (GMT) on 8 September, 2010

Looks very nice.

comment by Terence A at 06:23 AM (GMT) on 10 September, 2010

Fantastic result , but did you actualy visulise the end effect when you took the image?

comment by djn1 at 08:13 PM (GMT) on 10 September, 2010

Thanks everyone.

Terence: no, not as such, but I knew that I'd be able to adjust the contrast and bring out the detail. The geometry and toning emerged during the post-production.

comment by Makai at 03:04 PM (GMT) on 13 September, 2010

Everything about it is great. Love the contrast and the work you did straightening out the lines.




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