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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:00 pm 
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I know this sort of processing doesn't appeal to everyone, and that's OK. But I thought a fun restaurant like this deserves a little Topaz Adjust 4.

This is Jimmy Buffet's 3rd restaurant in Myrtle Beach. Margaritaville and Cheeseburger in Paradise preceded the ocean front Landshark Grille which opened in May. Of course, they also have a store for LandShark merchandise! (And I have some LandShark beer in our refrigerator if y'all come visit us before it disappears!)

There were 10 of us for dinner on Sept. 10th. Fun times were had by all, and the waiter was amazing!

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OK...20 views, and no responses. (??) I know there are members here who don't like heavily processed images, and that's OK. Tell me you hate it. I can live with that. Tell me anything you want. But please...don't ignore me. I can process these photos again and make them look like postcards...would that be better?

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Hi Patrish. I think guests can look but not comment. I'm also one for quickly flicking through threads at work but don't have time to comment until i get home. I like the photos but not the processing (sorry). Some people hide poor photos behind processing in the hope of making good images... but i think these are great and would stand out much better in more traditional style. You've caught the waiter using all his balancing skills there... i don't think i could do that when i was a waiter!

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>...I'm also one for quickly flicking through threads at work but don't have time to comment...
I hadn't thought about that aspect...makes sense. So does the fact that may of us are in different time zones.

I haven't posted as much in the Digital Art as I could, because I've learned that many members here prefer the more traditional look. As I said above, that's okay. I still appreciate comments, and I don't want anyone thinking it might hurt my feelings if they don't like it. It won't.

Thanks or your honesty, Peter.

>...using all his balancing skills there.
LOL! I missed his arrival (with a couple more dinners on his arm) because I was fumbling with the camera, still in the bag. I was planning a group shot...not this unexpected photo op.

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not sure how but I totally missed this thread. sorry. I like both shots but agree that the processing could be dialed back a bit. what a great waiter though. I am impressed.

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You know my feelings about digital art :) What a great capture - hard to believe he had more dinners. Think ya done good even though fumbling with the camera (why does that not sound like you?) I get a kick out of coincidence - am going to a Jimmy Buffet tribute tonight :)


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Sorry Patrish, I did take a look at these without leaving a comment, but it's just because I sometimes need a bit more time to ruminate on an image before I can figure out my thoughts on it (I often flick through all the new pictures I haven't seen to try to catch up, then return to them when I have a bit more time)

I like digital art, but I don't think this treatment particularly appeals to me (kind of like faux-hdr with some extra graininess thrown in). I think the photos are great though. I particularly like the waiter portrait. Those burgers (?) look like sail boats, which is very appropriate for an ocean side cafe.

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I looked before and wanted to comment later. Mentioned this before, no option to mark topic unread here so when I'm not in mood to comment, have trouble finding the thread again.

You know I am a fan of the Topaz look, even heavy. #2 works fine for me, and I like it.

I would like #1 just fine, but it just doesn't look right and I don't mean because it's been Topazed (or whatever you used). I like the grunge look. It's really hard to pull of with people but it can work. This one for whatever reason comes off with more a a poor IQ look. Not sure what is causing it. Possible causes insufficient IQ to begin with from the S95 (unlikely), the shadows were adaptively adjusted too far, or the image perhaps wasn't in great shape before fiddling with in Topaz. Just some ideas, hard to put a finger on it exactly.

Wouldn't be so forthcoming usually but coming from a fellow fan of adaptive exposure control or whatever we want to call it, didn't think you'd mind to much.

Otherwise, love the shot. His look, the balance and comp, foreground, background, etc. And I think I'd like it heavily processed if I didn't see the excess whatever it is I am seeing.

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Bambi, thanks for looking. I know, sometimes I get carried away with the Topaz filter. It's those voices in my head.....

Larry, hope you enjoyed the Jimmy Buffett Tribute. Did you get some pictures? Let's see 'em!

Quote Timmy:
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Quote Timmy:
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:) Thank you!

Greg, as always, I appreciate the thoughtfulness you always express in your critiques. It took me a couple seconds
to realize you were not questioning my IQ or the waiter's IQ, but the Image Quality. LOL! Thanks so much for taking
the time to comment, Greg!

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Whew, I'm surely glad you got back to this. Thought I'd overstepped my bounds and managed to offend you, Patrish.

Glad such isn't the case. Whew, again.

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Oh, Greg! I'm sure you will never offend me, but if you ever do, you would hear from me straight away. I'm not one to sulk in silence, so don't worry. HOWEVER...if you start questioning my IQ, you might be in real trouble. :lol: :lol:

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