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The Salt River by TrentLarsonphoto The Salt River by TrentLarsonphoto
It's been almost two months since i've gone hiking. Partly because it's sooooo hot (110 everyday) and partly because the last time I went hiking, I almost stepped on a rattlesnake. This was taken in the Lower Salt River, just downstream from Saguaro Lake, north of Phoenix, AZ.
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Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Action scripts don't work so well in Elements, so these pages that people keep linking to may not work, no matter the version. There are some things you can try. What everyone is trying to say: barring action scripts, you will need to manually sharpen prior to saving for web. See something like this for a brief guide on how to do that. Whenever you resize, you make the image soft and applying subtle sharpening makes it crisp again.

Love the scene though. Beautiful weather and gorgeous light. In all my years in AZ I've never actually made it down to the Salt River. Beautiful spot! Looks very inviting, knowing how warm it is down there. I like the warm colors in the atmosphere and reflected in the water.
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TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Thank you very much for the kind words and taking the time to help me out. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to respond, but i've been really busy. As for the action scripts; I looked at that site and different places, and couldn't find anything that worked. I guess i'll just have to wait until I have the money to buy the real photoshop.
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
nice trent could just do with being sharper....if you want a really good action for resizing for web check out alex37s actions here [link]
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TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Thanks for the link, but it didn't work. I tried to save it for the web, and I think it looks a little better, but i'm sure it could still be better.
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
go to alexs [link] old journals you'll find it there you wont look back
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slickwilly182 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Yup, it's still there, [link]
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Great shot, I was thinking of heading that way to do some shooting. Love the colors throughout the image. I do agree however it is just a tad soft. You can save it for web as a jpeg which I find usually keeps everything in tact, though you will lose the exif data from the image.
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TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Thanks. It's definately worth it to go out there, and it's right below a parking lot! I tried saving it for the web, and I put it on here, so hopefully it did something.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
I was out there last week tubing across it, but I would like to get some shots in this summer. It looks a bit sharper, but it looks like there is a color cast above the rocks. Was this HDR by any chance?
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TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
I ended up just re-doing the whole thing. I still can't get it as sharp as I want, but oh well. I've never tubed the salt...is it fun?
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
There's always another evening to get it done too! ha...Tubing the river is pretty fun with hints of pain and torture. Its like a floating frat party. Too many drunk people however and it really makes you realize how much you can appreciate something without people there. You get tired of them very quick. It's also surprisingly not as polluted as you would think with beer cans and such.
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TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
I've heard it's just a bunch of drinking. Where does it start and end? I should just do it for the experience. I tubed down the Delaware when I was younger. It was pretty cool.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Basically yes that's all it is ha. It starts just past saguaro lake right where you took your shot of the bulldogs and ends about 5-8 miles from there along the river. It is very scenic and you are guaranteed to see wildlife. There are wild horses along the river and the bird life is abundant. Other than that its a very scenic float trip. Some of it is very shallow though and can take a toll on your back and behind.
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slickwilly182 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I saw my first rattlesnake in the wild last month! :) Southern Alberta.

Hmm even this version looks a little fuzzy though Trent. How are you saving your files for web viewing? I noticed the file size is really big compared to the image size... that could be the problem. My file size and image size are always the same size.
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TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
Did he see you first, or did you see him first? I was seen first, and I've never been so scared in my life. Otherwise, I would have been happy to see one.

I shoot RAW and then convert to jpeg. I do the photoshop thing and save it in jpeg. I didn't know there was a way to save for web viewing. What should I do?
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slickwilly182 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
He saw a family and their dog first haha. They alerted me after they spotted it because they had seen me taking photos of flowers and bugs.

What I do is shoot RAW, make minor adjustments in Capture NX 2, then save the file as a Tiff. Load it into Photoshop CS3 for any final adjustments/tweaking. Then I convert the profile to sRGB, and use Alex Nail's Web Resize and I always make the longest dimension 800px (unless it is a panorama)

Here is a link on information about it, and the action can be downloaded here as well. He has a side by side comparison and to me it looks like your photos look like his "unsharpened" one.
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slickwilly182 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
And I forgot to post the link haha.

[link]
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TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
I tried using that but it doesn't work. It probably doesn't help that i'm poor and only have photoshop elements though.....
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slickwilly182 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Maybe there are free trials of Photoshop CS3 still kicking around?
I am not sure if this action works on CS5...
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