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Another item that I was discussing in an earlier post was using SPP to obtain a hyper sharp, unreal look.
This is accomplished by pushing the exposure slider to -2.0 and the X3 fill light slider to +2.0. Now, this is obviously overkill for the entire image. If one however does two RAW conversions, it is then of course possible to blend in the effect where desired. If you have heard of the photographer Dave Hill, he creates images that have a very contrasty, cartoon-like or illustrated look. He is very skilled at this and obviously spends a great deal of time in post production. People have been trying to emulate this look by using a plug-in called LucisArt. I find the look this effect gives similar to what I am able to do in SPP using the above mentioned sliders.
I'll post some examples from work, below. Again, in no way a good shot but I am doing this to demonstrate my point.
First, the straight RAW file:
SDIM0679 2 by cjrpostma, on Flickr
Second, exposure -2.0 and fill +2.0:
SDIM0679 3 by cjrpostma, on Flickr
Third, a quick blend of the above two:
SDIM0679 by cjrpostma, on Flickr
All done in SPP minus the blending, of course.