Re: A Toast to Greece: Results
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I took each image and loaded it as a stack. I compared each in normal, color and luminosity mode to the par image at the bottom.
I found the par image to still have too much blue cast, and perhaps that is why I found many more entries to improve or be equal to par in color blend mode. Just a few improved, or did not worsen, the par image in luminosity blend mode.
Color mode equal or better:
901 (at 50% opacity)
907 improved less yellow on the right
908 slightly cooler/bluer
915 (mine, I will say more)
930* very slightly bluer
Luminosity mode equal or better
902 slightly darkens but a good blend
916* right side a little darkish
My color correction was hampered by the fact there were mixed casts. I couldn’t find any good channel masks to help, so after I neutralized my highlight and shadow, I had to use gradient masks to get essentially four different pieces to the neutral not bad color puzzle. I went around once to fix the table cloth and a second time with the faces, decreasing blue to get enough yellow to be at least equal to magenta. It sounds like John Lund and Gerald Bakker used gradients in a somewhat similar fashion.
I did some work on the noise, but as I scrolled through all the entries, the noise didn’t affect my appreciation of the image one way or the other.
Somewhere in my workflow I did blend the green channel into the red with a layer luminosity blend, but it doesn’t look like it as I look at my downloaded image. Repeating that step makes my entry better looking I think. I tried the same technique on 927 and 930 with better results I think.
Overall my favorites were 930, 925 and 907. I liked my own 915 best for the hues but I was missing some contrast and weight balance.
To John’s diversity comment, its interesting that 6 images were mentioned favorably, but only once so far, and 6 were mentioned multiple times.