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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Notice of re-do of Frodo Screencap Series, "Under the Tree Root"....

Posted on 2006.03.18 at 16:22
I just wanted to note this for friends saving Frodo screencaps:

I redid the series screencaps showing Frodo swooning in fear under the tree root, when the Black Rider is near. I found a much better function in the new photo program I got for Christmas for making the screencaps from this dark scene much more visible.

Here's a frame from that series:

Link to the original entry with the re-done caps:


~ Mechtild


Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-03-18 22:44 (UTC) (Link)
Oh my!

Thank you! I have just added this series to my memories.

*does happy dance on the library table*
mechtild at 2006-03-19 00:09 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it's a wonderful adjustment, isn't it, Este? I tried and tried on my old program to lighten the images more, but if I did it a little too much, the images would become washed-out and anaemic. This program does a beautiful job of illuminating dark scenes. I used it for the "Frodo enquires of Mr. Butterbur" caps I just did. The dark caps are fine on the big screen in a theatre, but they are difficult to see well if viewed on a normal TV or a computer monitor.
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mechtild at 2006-03-19 00:04 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, they really came out gorgeously, didn't they? I'll bet the original footage looked like this, which they later darkened in post-production to make it look more ominous and moody.
shirebound at 2006-03-19 00:08 (UTC) (Link)
If I remember correctly, it's this exact shot where I fell in love with movie-Frodo. Guh.
mechtild at 2006-03-19 00:14 (UTC) (Link)
It's the throat, Shirebound. We talked about it here several months ago in this LJ. Taerie, who is an artist and a horse fancier pointed it out. No matter how beautiful film Frodo is, no matter how superficially fragile-looking, he never looks less than fully male. Why? She pointed it out on stallions when compared to geldings. It's the neck. Ungelded males have very powerful necks. It happens in cats, too. Toms have very thick neck areas, which neutered male cats never develop.

I thought that was a fascinating observation, which I will never forget.
sayhello at 2006-03-19 01:31 (UTC) (Link)
So what is this lovely photo program you're using? It *does* seem to do a lovely job!

mechtild at 2006-03-19 02:25 (UTC) (Link)
I have started working with "Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006 Editor."

I simply opened the image to work on, and choose "Exposure and Lighting" from the "Touchup" menu. After fiddling around with the manual adjustments, I reset and tried clicking, "Contrast Auto Fix". It worked GREAT for these really dark screencaps. I had been hand-tweaking all of my screencaps on my older program, the "auto-fix" on it not very helpful. But the Auto Fix on this Microsoft program worked the best on these really dark images.

I didn't use, "Exposure Auto Fix," however, on the same Menu for these. It made the images too pale, compared to their original conditions.
wendylady1 at 2006-03-19 06:23 (UTC) (Link)
When I view this picture on my friend's page, his eyes match exactly the aquamarine of my own journal background colour...are they their normal blue colour in your original pic ?

The ability of blue eyes to change to match their surroundings always astounds and delights me...and they can do it much more efficiently than brown eyes...
This also means that I have a very large aquamarine section in my own wardrobe...'tis my favourite colour at the moment !!
mechtild at 2006-03-19 13:13 (UTC) (Link)
I only changed the contrast level, Wendy, not the colour values. Whatever were the colour values in the film footage (which lightened) are what is showing. I've noticed EW's eyes look different colours in his various shoots. I don't know if that is totally natural, though. Photographers could be overlaying their final work with different tones and shadings, just to get a certain mood. If they warm up a sweater shot, say, they might add enough yellow to make his eyes greenish. I've seen some in which I thought his eyes were hazel. But in most LotR and non-LotR shots they look remarkably blue.
wendylady1 at 2006-03-19 14:07 (UTC) (Link)
Come on over and have a look...


I think it is just a trick of the light and the background...whatever, it is a lovely colour !! In this page, his eyes look much bluer...
mechtild at 2006-03-19 14:16 (UTC) (Link)
Are you saying the background of your journal page makes his eyes much bluer?
bagma at 2006-03-19 17:35 (UTC) (Link)
They are wonderful. Thank you for you work!
And the frame you put in this post... words fail me! He has such a beautiful neck! And the eyes, of course! The lashes! The mouth!... Gah!

Erm! Sorry... I tend towards incoherence if I stare at him for too long.:)
mechtild at 2006-03-19 19:47 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, that throat. I already swooned over it in a comment above. That neck of film-Frodo's did more than any other body part to make him perceived by fans as utterly hot and sexy. It's a very, very male neck, which adds a sort of masculine voluptuousness to his extreme beauty.
pearlette at 2006-03-19 23:33 (UTC) (Link)

That's all I have to say.

Just ... guh.
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