Are these 2 images oversharpened?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by SolracSelbor, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. SolracSelbor macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2007
    I posted these image on the photo of the day thread, however, it seems to me like the images are a bit over sharpened.What do you all think?



    the images didnt look over sharpened in the original size, however, when i down sized them i used an option on photoshop called "bicubic sharper" which is recommended when reducing the image size. Please tell me what you think because I would like to make them better if they need to be.
  2. tMac85 macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2007
    in a great place
    no so much the bottom one, but the top one yes. just a bit.
  3. davidjearly macrumors 68020


    Sep 21, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I think some people would maybe say that the bottom one is oversharpened, but I don't think so.

    I think they are both absolutely stunning and I wouldn't change them.

    In addition, (and sorry if you already know this), unless you have uncompressed RAW versions, you will only lose more quality be editing a jpeg over and over.

    But, seriously, I love them both.
  4. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    I would say yes, a bit oversharpened, but I'm hardly a pro.
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I'd say yes to both, for very specific issues. On the first one, the place where the oversharpening is most visible is in the foliage of the trees. The leaves look unnatural because they're been sharpened too much. For the second one, where you run into trouble is around the bodies of the children -- you can see a distortion "wave" wrapping around the children on the left, in particular.

    (They're excellent shots ... I like them both a lot.)
  6. leumluath macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2005
    I'd say yes, but it's an effect... a "look." It combines well with the very saturated colors. The colors aren't realistic, and neither is the sharpening, but they work well together on two very nice photos.
  7. saltyzoo macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2007
    Yes, but.

    The but is in reference to the second image. I think the over sharpening on the second provides a good effect, I think it looks good.

    The same could be true for the first depending on the look you are going for.

    In other words, you haven't ruined the images with over sharpening, IMO. It comes down to what you want to get out of the images.
  8. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2007
    Bristol, England
    Depends what you are going for. If for realism, then yes, but I think it looks good, especially the first one. It's very stylised. It almost doesn't look real, like a CG rendered scene or something. Very cool.
  9. SolracSelbor thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2007
    im trying to keep the images sharpness equal to the original size
  10. saltyzoo macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2007
    Well, we can't compare something we haven't seen. ;)
  11. SolracSelbor thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2007
    ya sorry. Im gonna try reducing the sharpness and post them up a bit later. Im in class right now :D
  12. Martin C macrumors 6502a

    Martin C

    Nov 5, 2006
    New York City
    The top one seems a bit over sharpened on the leaves. The bottom seems a little oversaturated.
  13. SolracSelbor thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2007
    Thanks Martin

    I purposely saturate the colors that way in order to give the photo an unrealistic effect.

    Anyways, here is the 1st photo once again reduced from 3758x2532 to 900x678 using Bicubic Sharper on photoshop CS3


    And here is the same photo reduced from 3758x2532 to 900x678 using the standard Bicubic option on photoshop CS3


    Give me your opinions on which is better
  14. TatsuTerror macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2008
  15. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I need to see bigger images before I can say anything. I can't believe people can tell from these images. Maybe I need glasses. :eek:
  16. terriyaki macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2005
  17. sonor macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2008
    London, UK
    Yes - you should apply output sharpening right at the end after processing and resizing - though you may have previously applied some minimal input sharpening to the original image and then maybe some selective/creative sharpening while editing.

    Your output sharpening settings will be different for low resolution web images than you'd use for prints.
  18. photochimper macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2008
    The first one is over a little but the second one is great. Really nice work BTW.
  19. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    I feel that the top one may need a little bit, but the bottom one is fine.

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