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  #88 Black and white
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If these walls could talk       ©2010 andrew.cooper71
Panasonic DMC-LX3       34th place, 0 points
1/250s, f2.8, ISO 80, 41mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Removed a stop light from top corner. Adjusted shadows and highlights.       Extra Info: None
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Jade O.
Sep 14, 2010
    andrew. I'm not so sure a lower resolution originating image is required. Often you want to crop and then the extra resolution helps immensely. I think just playing with GIMP resizing and sharpening should work almost 100% of the time. Occasionally, in a really large file, I also use little tricks like contrast before resizing. The test is always that the resized image should look almost as sharp as the original. It took me a long time and many entries to figure out you can almost always make that the case using the techniques I've mentioned here. But one further point. A .jpg image is not lossless. Every time you save a .jpg you run the risk of degrading the image slightly - though usually so slightly you don't notice. Your original in theory can never be as detailed as your downsized version for that reason (and not just because the file size is smaller). For that reason, it is helpful to do all your PP at one sitting, even if you save along the way in case you need to recover from where you were. One other point, I upload to the forum directly from my saved file/hard drive. If you transfer your image to a storage facility like flickr or photobucket and then upload to Panachallenge from there, you may also lose image quality.

Sep 14, 2010
    Thanks for the help..... this picture looked a lot sharper and more effective in my eye in its original size.
perhaps when shooting for these challenges I should minimize the camera setting so it does not take such a high resolution shot to begin with.

Jade O.
Sep 14, 2010
    I should have added that to the resizing tips in GIMP; definitely helps to resharpen after downsizing. Another trick I use is to adjust contrast minutely BEFORE downsizing. Adjusting contrast if done slightly may show very little or not at all in the image, but sometimes, it can really reduce the size of the image before you downsize therefore you need to downsize less and preserve sharpness more.

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Sep 13, 2010
    Thank you wangi I will give that a try. Appreciate the help.

Sep 13, 2010
    Andrew - after resizing go to Filters / Enhance / Sharpen... and experiment - try around 22.


Sep 13, 2010
    I hear you on the sharpness.... I have to find a different way to scale down my pictures. I have been resizing on GIMP and I am not sure if I am doing something wrong but the image quality suffers a great deal.

Sep 13, 2010
    I hardly recognized this place without the red doors! I find the lacks of sharpness distracting. Certainly a more interesting view than the usual one.

Sep 11, 2010
    I think the building and the shadows on it have possibilities that you could exploit. Not quite there with this one though. The softness is a problem.

Jade O.
Sep 10, 2010
    I think the high contrast light was the right choice but feel the subject interest divided between the signs and the building behind them. I would have concentrated more on the stairs and shadows.
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