using Photoshop overlay by nelsone ()
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It was a dark day for my last flight from Seattle to Portland, but there was Mt. Saint Helens, sticking up above the lower deck of clouds. Now, what to do with the flat, zero-contrast images shown at the bottom?
The captures were less than a second apart, so the parallax is minimal. The images are placed in different layers, and then the "difference" function is used to help align them. The whole image will turn black after the top layer has been turned and slid around to match the bottom perfectly. Then all you do is switch from "difference" function to "overlay," and voilà! The top image shows the result: twice the contrast, twice the saturation, and no added speckle.
And IMO it was worth it: that blasted mountaintop sticking through the white cushion grabbed my eye in flight, and I'm glad to be able to share it with y'all.
Image Comments (5)
auntietk () 4:18AM | Wed, 15 July 2009
Gosh - what a spectacular difference! I'm astonished at the detail of the finished product. Nicely done!
lemonjim () 10:03AM | Wed, 15 July 2009
Sure helps! I had come up with a similar method - duplicate a layer, High Pass filter (250), and overlay with a single image - wonder if it would also work here.
MrsLubner () 11:36AM | Wed, 15 July 2009
The information is really fantastic and well explained. Thanks for the tips and I'm sure I'll be looking at this further. As for this photo, excellent work!