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This is my 1st entry for Abbie's edit challenge #19. Since I have more than one entry, I'll call this one Abbie's Edit Challenge 19a. I added a sign that reads, "Please Keep Off The Grass", and a thought bubble for the pigeon on the fence that reads, "Hmmm... Please Keep Off The Grass ? I'm still on the fence about it. I guess this was a bad day to quit using Pot !" (lots of "flower pots in the picture).
This is my 2nd entry for Abbie's edit challenge #19. Since I have more than one entry, I'll call this one Abbie's Edit Challenge 19b. I added a 2nd pigeon on the opposite side of the image facing the one on the left (including the flower pots). I added a banner sign between the two pigeons which they are holding up by a string in their beaks. It's a landscaping sign... BW'S LANDSCPING - "A cut above the rest" - Commercial and Residential - 781-555-0123.
QUESTION for Mike S: I thought you were against upsizing images. I noticed that your effort here was a bit larger than the original, and yet it looks fairly decent. Are you now okay with upping a bit and then countering with effects? I've done that, and it seems to work, as long as I don't go too big. Just wondering what your philosophy might be now.
i'm not against upsizing at all, the site is. but if you know what your doing, and what to look for, then it will print fine. i don't use effects. and there can only be so much of a jump. making 4500 into 5900 is ok for many images. but 2000 into 5900 and it would be a mess. i've upscaled a lot of images if i think i can get away with it.
my philosophy never changed, if you can get away with it, and you don't have too much lost detail, and it doesn't block up and it doesn't look blurry then its ok. but for most people on this site, they will take a 1000px image and make it into a 10,000px image and it will look nasty up close. all so they can print the largest sizes and that's a no no. they are better off not doing that at all.
i don't like enlarging anything with fine detail, because that will make it look worse. so like writing on a bottle, would look bad, or fine wires. but grass and birds, that works fine here. works better on a tif or an image that is already a little bit soft, i never sharpened this one, totally forgot actually, whipped it out in an hour or so. if its already sharp, enlarging it will make it look really bad. it needs to start soft, then sharpen with a deconvolution sharpener. that will keep the contrast lines down.
Thanks, Mike S, for the clarification. Pretty much my philosophy, basically. If it's not too much, then SOMETIMES I upsize, but generally I make every effort to avoid it. Bottom line -- if it looks crappy, then don't do it. It depends on the image. Sometimes, I've upped just a tad, and it looked crappy, because the original image could not handle it. Other times, I have probably pushed the limits, and the image still was okay, because the original was such good quality.
It's a judgement call, but I like the general rule, "Don't do it." -- It's probably best not to. Depends on what you're doing creatively.
An old man in tattered jeans falls asleep on the front steps after finishing off a bottle of whiskey. Jack the cat joins him in a snooze as a pigeon sits snugly on a branch in the flower bush. Someday he will get around to cutting the grass....someday.
Created for Edit This 19 contest.