View Full Version : gasoline in a puddle

03-17-2008, 12:02 AM
this is a bit of editing. What do you think needs to be done to it? Is it a lost cause picture? Thanks!!


03-17-2008, 12:19 AM
I really like the pattern that the gasoline has caused on the water and i think you do to and that's why it may have caught your attention. But then I look at the cigarette butts and i am distracted. I think I would have tried to remove a few of them gently...not sure...it may have killed the pattern.
If it was an 'essay' on pollution, maybe it's apt.

Either way I'd boost the contast here big time and sharpen quite a bit as well. Can i take a stab at it?

Just as a related point to others...If the intent is indeed the quest to isolate or draw attention to a shape for artistic purposes, then we must also pay close attention to anything else in the frame that is a potential distraction. Personally I'll move things around physically or recompose if possible.

Hope that helps,


03-17-2008, 12:21 AM
yeah you can try but I ask that you give me step by step instructions. Please. I use PS3
Those are actually sticks. Not cigarette butts. None of us smoke. LOL. But I do see how that can be distracting. This is the first time I have ever done something like this. LOL

03-17-2008, 12:41 AM
Ok - I totally forget what PS3 has so i went as simple as possible.
You may not even like this rendition, that's your call, it's very personal.

Image - adjust - levels - and these are the values i put in the boxes. Input Levels 91 .82 236
Then sharpen - unsharp mask and these are the values I input.
amount 100%
Radius 1.0

You can simply use the sliders to test out the sharpness you want.

That's all i did. Then i saved it as a medium quality jpeg.

Hope that helps

03-17-2008, 12:43 AM
that looks cool. I will have to play tomorrow. Thanks

03-17-2008, 12:45 AM
No prob.
You could still play a lot more trying to change hues which will also give different effects. Enjoy!

04-16-2008, 02:05 PM
i played around a bit with hp image and paint shop pro - i think this is a fun shot, that could turn into a cool desktop background or something! :)