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Alnwick 12th Century Castle at Sunset  

Duke
 Duke
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It's been a while since I've been behind a lens thanks to work. It was great to get the camera out. I this image is processed from a single image which was then triple exposed and layered using InstaMask exclusively in Raya Pro. It was as please processing as it was to be taking the picture. I was delighted that the ducks paid me a visit. I hope you like mt first effort for a while, there's more to come. 

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Topic starter Posted : 10/08/2020 9:25 am
Maria
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Welcome to the forum Duke. 

The scene is very pretty and inviting, I really like the ducks!  It's a bit dark, however, but it's ok with me since I usually like dark scenes, but what bothers me a bit, is the severe fringe (CA) around the edges of the castle and the top of the trees against the sky.  Raya Pro has a neat feature to remove that, and it's found in the RP5 Actions and Filters panel, named Clean CA.  It does a very good job.

Maria

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Posted : 11/08/2020 4:36 am
Duke
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@mariad Thank you, I was just so happy to get my Camera out again. And even more excited to share it. I've now gone back into the image and made some further adjustments thanks to your advice. I've sharpened some details, removed some colour noise, straightened up the castle and the tree, brightened up the image using a curves layer and finally, Cleaned CA using RP Filters & Finish and Instamask Edge Mask. What do you think?

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Topic starter Posted : 11/08/2020 7:41 am
Maria
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Posted by: @duke

@mariad Thank you, I was just so happy to get my Camera out again. And even more excited to share it. I've now gone back into the image and made some further adjustments thanks to your advice. I've sharpened some details, removed some colour noise, straightened up the castle and the tree, brightened up the image using a curves layer and finally, Cleaned CA using RP Filters & Finish and Instamask Edge Mask. What do you think?

That's so much better Duke, wow, great job!  I'm also pleasantly surprised to see that you correct local perspective issues the same way I do it.  I didn't think there is anyone else out there doing the same thing I do.  🙂

Looking forward to see more of your images.

Maria

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Posted : 11/08/2020 4:53 pm
Grant Swinbourne
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I much prefer the second edit to the first.  Would be interested in how you solved your local perspective issue.  I use a combination of Transform functions including Perspective, Scale and Warp, depending on the severity and position/importance in the frame.

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Posted : 12/08/2020 4:14 am
Maria
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Posted by: @grant-swinbourne

I much prefer the second edit to the first.  Would be interested in how you solved your local perspective issue.  I use a combination of Transform functions including Perspective, Scale and Warp, depending on the severity and position/importance in the frame.

I don't know what Duke did, but what I do is to simply select the area that has the perspective issue using any of the selection tools, then right click and select "Layer via copy".  This will create a new layer with the selection (in this case the castle and tree).  Then I use any of the distortion options from the Menu>>Edit>>Transform (skew, warp, perspective, rotate etc, whatever works best) on the new layer.  Then I add a mask to the new layer and mask as much as possible to conceal the edges. Sometimes I may have to resize a bit the new layer to fit in the original frame.  This works really well when you have a very localized distortion issue, such as the window of a building, or a structure in a corner of the image such as the castle in this image, or a tree, etc. and you don't want to do a lot of cropping to the entire image for just a little area.  

Maria

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Posted : 12/08/2020 5:26 am
Grant Swinbourne
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I've used this technique in the past for those sorts of situations.  Depends a bit on how the out of perspective the overall image is of course.

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Posted : 12/08/2020 6:53 am
Taff
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Posted by: @mariad
Posted by: @grant-swinbourne

I much prefer the second edit to the first.  Would be interested in how you solved your local perspective issue.  I use a combination of Transform functions including Perspective, Scale and Warp, depending on the severity and position/importance in the frame.

I don't know what Duke did, but what I do is to simply select the area that has the perspective issue using any of the selection tools, then right click and select "Layer via copy".  This will create a new layer with the selection (in this case the castle and tree).  Then I use any of the distortion options from the Menu>>Edit>>Transform (skew, warp, perspective, rotate etc, whatever works best) on the new layer.  Then I add a mask to the new layer and mask as much as possible to conceal the edges. Sometimes I may have to resize a bit the new layer to fit in the original frame.  This works really well when you have a very localized distortion issue, such as the window of a building, or a structure in a corner of the image such as the castle in this image, or a tree, etc. and you don't want to do a lot of cropping to the entire image for just a little area.  

That's really useful to know. many thanks!

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Posted : 12/08/2020 7:01 am
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Duke
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Hi folks,

As Maria suggested. I locally selected the area of the castle ensuring I had a good size border. Right clicked on my selection to create a new layer via copy. Then I clicked on one of the transform controls then right-clicked on the selection and used the 'Distort' function. Primarily I straightened up the castle, then I tried to line up as much as I could with Distort. There were two markers in particular that I paid particular attention to whilst lining up my distorted layer. 

First I looked at the tree line on the horizon and making sure it was as close to the original as possible.

Lastly, on the opposite corner of the layer. When I used my Selection Tool I sliced through the body of a sheep (not on purpose). However, that inadvertently gave me an excellent reference point to re-align my distorted layer.

To finish I didn't mask the layer as I wanted the bulk of the selection to not be affected. Instead, I followed the perimeter of the layer and manually feathered the edges where I needed to, using a small eraser tool with a 10-20% opacity with 0% hardness. There wasn't much feathering needed as the section aligned pretty well. The area that did need feathering most was simply the colour change in the sky. 

Overall I nice and easy solution. 

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Topic starter Posted : 12/08/2020 7:30 am
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