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Offline dougdirt

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New Phlearn technique test.... thoughts?
« on: April 29, 2014, 11:23:00 AM »
So Aaron at Phlearn posted this video yesterday:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFmkT09lJIo

So I decided to give it a little test, with some slight alterations. What do you think?
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Edited version - Simply for the effect, not so much the colors and such. Also, ignore the slight issue with the wall. I am can fix that with a clone stamp and just noticed the issue. Lazy and don't want to fix it right now lol
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Re: New Phlearn technique test.... thoughts?
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2014, 11:26:40 AM »
Much better. The skin tone are not so orange, the contrast isn't as strong and the saturation is more pleasing to the eye.

I didn't notice if you put a radial blur ?
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Re: New Phlearn technique test.... thoughts?
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2014, 11:37:20 AM »
<sigh> I like the first one better; perhaps this shows my lack of style awareness. It has more impact. It might look overcooked larger, or printed out, like a model with too much makeup. The fringing effects I also find distracting, like the white line around his cap, and the dark line around his pants/trousers  but that could be a real effect of a wide aperture.

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Re: New Phlearn technique test.... thoughts?
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2014, 11:59:21 AM »
With the exception of skin tone, I like #1 better.
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Re: New Phlearn technique test.... thoughts?
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2014, 12:33:00 PM »
With the exception of skin tone, I like #1 better.

I agree.  I can see why you'd want to think about softening/desaturating the crowd in the background, but it's such a random pattern of colors that I don't really find it distracting.

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Re: New Phlearn technique test.... thoughts?
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2014, 02:28:05 PM »
Another vote for #1 here.

#2 just seems to be out of kilter somehow, the background just grabs my attention.

Sorry.
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Re: New Phlearn technique test.... thoughts?
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2014, 03:23:15 PM »
Another vote for #1 here.

#2 just seems to be out of kilter somehow, the background just grabs my attention.

Sorry.

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I was looking for opinions. I wasn't sure how I felt about it, which is why I asked others for their thoughts.

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Re: New Phlearn technique test.... thoughts?
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2014, 03:34:12 PM »
Another vote for #1 here.

#2 just seems to be out of kilter somehow, the background just grabs my attention.

Sorry.

The crowd on the right side ?
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Re: New Phlearn technique test.... thoughts?
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2014, 11:42:41 PM »
Another vote for #1 here.

#2 just seems to be out of kilter somehow, the background just grabs my attention.

Sorry.

The crowd on the right side ?

Yes, don't know why.
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Re: New Phlearn technique test.... thoughts?
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2014, 01:05:53 AM »
After looking at this technique, I think that it has the potential to work well in certain circumstances...

In the video you posted, I felt it worked well in all areas where there was no hard delineation between light areas and dark areas but not where there was stark contrast (eg the back top side of the bed). I think this is because in those areas of stark contrast you can far more easily see the juddery steps of each layered image and that draws attention to itself as opposed to only the focus point...

In this case, to me at least, I think it draws attention to some of the lighter bits in the crowd that start getting repeated (hands/heads and suchlike)

I think a simple blur (of its many varieties) then mask through the player would probably work better in this case - but that is just my opinion...
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Re: New Phlearn technique test.... thoughts?
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2014, 08:32:12 PM »
Just another gimmick for page views.

In some certain cases it could be of benefit, but as you've seen here, people pay much more attention to the color than the blur direction of the background.

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Re: New Phlearn technique test.... thoughts?
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2014, 09:07:35 PM »
You're basic, 1074!  :P

As someone who runs a website, I am all for generating page views (assuming it's something of actual substance, of course)!

I liked Aaron's version much more than mine. As you said, it does work with some pictures much better than others (just like everything else in photography). Unfortunately, most of my pictures are baseball pictures so I just tried it on the most recent one I had opened.

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Re: New Phlearn technique test.... thoughts?
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2014, 09:24:59 PM »
You're basic, 1074!  :P

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