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Another plane pic

Aug 3, 2014, 12:18 (This post was last modified: Aug 3, 2014 12:49 by ofnuts.)
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Another plane pic
This time, a Ju-52 (general transport in the Luftwaffe).

So we start with this:

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This time I had a steady hand, and the picture is near perfectly horizontal (.25° tilt, much better than my usual rather noticeable 1.5° tilt to the left). So I'll skip the straightening up step. Image is cropped to the final aspect ratio, I just make sure that the plane is perfectly centered.

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Then I spend 3 hours making a cut-out path around the plane (940 points..). Some work, but a good investment. While doing, you see your picture at close range and learn plenty of things about it...

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Aug 3, 2014, 12:24 (This post was last modified: Aug 6, 2014 16:50 by ofnuts.)
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RE: Another plane pic
Now it's time for a good cleanup. All these civilians visiting the plane don't make it look very menacing. So, taking advantage of the symmetry of the picture, I duplicate the image layer and flip it horizontally. Now I can clone plenty of things from the left of the picture to the right.

More cloning of bushes and grass to get rid of the last bits of people. Another bit of cloning with a softer and more transparent brush to smooth transitions, and lo, a Ju-52 just waiting for its stick of paratroopers...

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Aug 3, 2014, 12:34
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RE: Another plane pic
One problem I have with this picture is the washed out sky. No way to fix it with curves. I need a better sky. I sift thru the pictures I took the same day, and find one with a nicely exposed sky (I was shooting a plane with a gray paint Smile), shot in the same orientation, 20 minutes earlier.... One problem, the Ju-52 picture need 1440 vertical pixels of sky and on that picture I only have 1100 pixels. Quick mental computation, the Ju-52 pic is still at 4200 pixels, if I reduce it to 3200 pixels, it's still 2x the intended final size, and the sky can be smaller.

After scaling down, grafting the sky is easy. The lower limit of the sky is the plane everywhere, so I do a big rectangle selection from the top of the picture to the wings (included) from which I subtract the plane outline. From the other photo I selected a 3200x1200 rectangle (that includes a bit of that other plane but it will be hidden). Copy, paste, and here the Ju-52 with a better sky.

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Aug 3, 2014, 12:38
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RE: Another plane pic
The easy steps...

With Curves, add some drama to the sky.

Using the path selection, add some saturation to the plane.

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Aug 3, 2014, 12:44 (This post was last modified: Aug 3, 2014 12:52 by ofnuts.)
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RE: Another plane pic
And then.... I see the flaw... the cut of the propellers against the sky has a white contour that make it look very artificial. I have to soften that somehow. This is where the path can also be used.

1) selection using the path
2) soft brush, 50% opacity, black
3) View/Snap to active path
4) just follow the outline of the props, the path keeping the brush on track, and the selection making only the inside half of the brush do its job.

Still not perfect, but less noticeable.

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Aug 3, 2014, 12:46
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RE: Another plane pic
Final steps:

- Scale down to final size
- Using the path selection, sharpen the plane (Unsharp mask).

Done.

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Aug 3, 2014, 13:01
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RE: Another plane pic
That is a good outcome. A tinge of the Dave Hill effect maybe.

Many many years ago saw one of those on display at Dusseldorf Airport.

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Aug 3, 2014, 13:18
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RE: Another plane pic
A very sturdy plane, many of them survived the war. The Swiss army was still operating three of them in the 90s in its paratrooper training (they fly at a very low speed).

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Aug 3, 2014, 17:09
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RE: Another plane pic
Nice work, very detailed. I guess the amount of points on the path is why the ribs on the wings stand out so well?

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Aug 3, 2014, 17:54 (This post was last modified: Aug 3, 2014 17:57 by ofnuts.)
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(Aug 3, 2014 17:09)caz Wrote:  Nice work, very detailed. I guess the amount of points on the path is why the ribs on the wings stand out so well?
Following the ribbing of the wings in the section near the fuselage is indeed one reason for the high number of points. At the initial resolution, the ribs are about 20 pixels apart and 5 pixels deep, you can't really ignore them Smile Further out the path becomes a straight line.

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Aug 4, 2014, 14:31 (This post was last modified: Aug 4, 2014 14:32 by iForStyle007.)
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RE: Another plane pic
Very nice clone-mirror work of the tourist out and replacement of the sky is great!

I couldn't help but notice this though xD
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Chalk it up to Pareidolia >_<


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