Pelican in St. Petersburg

Pelican in St. Pete

I really haven’t done that much to this image, but it looks almost like some of the work the grad student teaching under Wallace Wilson back in 1980 used to do. I can’t remember his name offhand, but I think his initials were “R.R.”. He would work on photos with a marker to outline regions of similar tone.

My process for this image was “crop”, “levels”, “curves”, “unsharp mask”, “scale”, and a small boost to “hue/saturation”.

Update: By request, the image as it appeared originally. The only thing I’ve done to it is “scale” via GIMP (Sinc/Lanczos). If I recall correctly, the gear was a Nikon D2Xs with a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. It didn’t really need a whole lot of intervention, primarily the cropping to limit the visual elements.

Pelican in St. Pete

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  • carlsonjok

    As a neophyte photographer and photoshopper, it would be interesting to see the original image to get a sense of how you approached your processing. The process you use is pretty much identical to what I was taught when I took a Photoshop class earlier this year at the local vo-tech.

  • OK, I’ve added a scale image of the original to the post.

  • carlsonjok

    Thank you. It is helpful for me to see other peoples approach. I wouldn’t have thought to crop it like that, but it does make it a much better picture.
    My vo-tech instructor said that a good way to learn was to try and figure out how people did what they did.

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