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Posted in The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on June 30, 2013

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The other day this blog published a feature, Jury. There was a collection of photographs, taken at the Brookhaven Bolt 5k, May 18, 2013. The pictures have a look. This post is about how to get that look. If you see something that you already know, then skim past that part.

Image a is the original. It is reduced to 720 pixels wide. This is the size of the columns, and the width that pictures are processed to at Chamblee54. The original is 3264×2448. The camera is a Nikon COOLPIX L26, It was taken at 8:15 am. This is towards the start of the race. All the participants are running at this point. After a few minutes, you start to have people walking, some with strollers.

The actions taken to get this look use basic functions of GIMP. Most of these tools have keyboard shortcuts at Chamblee54, which is a great convenience. The keyboard shortcut, used in the original version of the program, will be used here, to tell you how to get to these tools.

Image b is the cropped original. The section to be used is cropped to the golden rectangle, or 161:100. This section is reduced to 720×447. Open the Rectangle (R) tool. In the options menu, go to Fixed. Enter 161:100. Check the box next to the word Fixed. Draw a rectangle around the section that you want to select. Open Crop to Selection (alt+I, C). To reduce the selection (from roughly 1200×750), hit Scale Image, (alt+I, S). In the Width field, enter 720. Click on Scale (alt+S.) Hit 1 to bring the image to 100%. You might have to increase the size of the window to see the entire image. You do this by placing the mouse on the corner of the window, and dragging the corner away from the window.

Image c is the first step in the formula. You apply a Gaussian Blur (alt+R, B, G). In the Horizontal field, enter 22. Click OK.

Image d is the key to getting this look. Open Fade Gaussian Blur(alt+E, F). Click on the triangle next to Mode, and a menu will drop down. Choose Darken only. Click Fade (alt+F.) This is a good look already, and you might want to call this complete. For the purposes of today’s demonstration, we will work on this image a bit more.

The next two steps involve the levels. This is basically the lightness and darkness. Image e is the picture after you use the Levels tool (alt+C, L). Go to where it says All Channels, and hit Auto. Click OK.

Image f involves the use of the Curves tool. This tool allows you to make part of the picture lighter, and part of it darker. Open Curves (alt+C, C). The picture below image f shows the Curves tool. The image on the left is the Curves tool when you open it. The image on the right is the Curves tool as it was adjusted for this image. The left side of the slanted line controls the dark parts of the image, and the right side controls the light parts. In this image, the dark parts were made lighter, and the light parts were made an equal amount darker. Click OK.

Image g is where the colors are saturated. Open Hue-Saturation(alt+C, S). In the Adjust Selected Color section, (leave it on Master), slide Saturation to the right as far as you need to. Saturating the colors will sometimes turn white people’s skin into an unappealing red shade. To offset this, go to the field beside the Hue slider, and enter 6. Click OK.

Image h is the final version of this picture. Open Color Balance (alt+C, B). For this image, in Select Range to Adjust, choose Shadows. In the Adjust Color Levels, under Cyan-Red enter 10, under Magenta-Green 0, and Yellow-Blue -20. Click OK. Open Save As (ctrl+shift+S), give it a name, click OK. You are finished.

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