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I work for MessageLabs [messagelabs.com] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

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Friday June 23, 2006
03:52 PM

Stratford by the River

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That's Stratford Ontario, of course.

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  • OK, now, that's a beautiful shot. At first I thought the smooth look of the river was due to a long exposure, but then I looked at the figures on the left, and realised it couldn't be. I see you've stripped the useful EXIF tags - what sort of post-processing happened on this?
    • First of all you can see the original by removing the _pp from the URL.

      There are a number of layers gone into this:

      1) A graduated layer selection of the top of the picture to darken down an over-bright sky and provide some colour. I think that contributed horribly to the artifacts you see in the image (blue blotches in the trees) and I'm considering removing that layer.

      2) LAB Curves colour enhancement (making the a and b channels steeper) layer

      3) 3 layers selecting the river...

          On the first, I
      • OK, here's [sergeant.org] a version I think I like better. The water blur never looked realistic enough for me.
        • That's a much lighter editing touch, it just highlights what's there instead of trying to create. I do like that one, but on the other hand I think you're going to do well to improve upon the unprocessed image.
          • That's an interesting point, and I almost think you should be more critical (are you being kind?) - if you prefer the unedited version please say so. Sometimes I think I go too far.
            • I like the original better than either post-processed version. The green looks too sweet after processing. The tunnel vision also takes away from the picture noticably, IMHO.

              The only thing I don’t like about the original is that the water looks so dull with that shade of brown. If you could just drain its murkiness a bit you’d have a winner.

              Colour enhancement for the image as a whole might work, but you’d have to go much lighter on it than with the processed versions you posted. They l