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Old May 5, 2010, 5:01 AM   #1
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At the Armidale Bicentenary Arboretum

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I think this is a case where the golden hour worked against you. The colors, overall, seem weak. The color of the pond does not stand out on my monitor like I think you wanted it to. My monitor is calibrated fairly well. It took several months of tweaking to get it right. It might also be a saturation problem. The photo may be under saturated.

I like the composition a lot but the colors bother me.

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I think this is a case where the golden hour worked against you. The colors, overall, seem weak. The color of the pond does not stand out on my monitor like I think you wanted it to. My monitor is calibrated fairly well. It took several months of tweaking to get it right. It might also be a saturation problem. The photo may be under saturated.

I like the composition a lot but the colors bother me.

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Thanks Cal. How do I tell what the problem actually is? I've noticed from time to time that shots look subdued or understated (your 'under saturation'?). To try to rectify this I've set the camera image colour to 'vivid' (default was 'natural'), the sharpness to 2 (out of 5) and the contrast to 1 (out of 5), but have left saturation at '0'. However, the exif data often tells me in these cases that saturation is 'high'. Do you have any suggestions?

The exif data also gives the time taken as 9:35 am. However, it would have been 8:35 'real time' (daylight saving was still in force). That's more than two hours after sunrise.

I've also just noticed that the colours seem to be different not only on my home vs work monitors (which I expect, my home computer being quite old and my work computer of much newer and higher technology) but also on which web browser I use, Firefox being better than Safari. (IE is not available for Macs.)

Your, or anyone else's, suggestions will be most gratefully accepted.

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The problem could be the wide dynamic range. This might be a good candidate for HDR application. I have never used that technique but the latest version of Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X3 has HDR and I am anxious to try it. I think the shadows are working against you.

Bynx is the expert on HDR. Bynx, do you think HDR would rescue this shot?

I think this is a case where you might save the original and then start playing with different effects in your editor.

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I think this is a case where the golden hour worked against you. The colors, overall, seem weak. The color of the pond does not stand out on my monitor like I think you wanted it to. My monitor is calibrated fairly well. It took several months of tweaking to get it right. It might also be a saturation problem. The photo may be under saturated.

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The other thing that frustrates me Cal is that it depends on the angle of my screen how good/bad, dark/light, clear/fuzzy my pics appear to be. What is the optimum angle that the screen should sit at?

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Further note: Cal could you look at the panorama I made from a different view of the pond at At the Arboretum and see how your monitor shows the colours.

Thank you for helping out.

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Agreed, the viewing angle makes a difference. I am using a large 24" wide screen monitor and it is impossible to see all of it a the same angle. I have the screen tilted at what seems to be the optimum angle for viewing. (e.g. close to the same brightness top to bottom although the top is somewhat darker at this angle).

OK! Forget everything I said. If I stand up, the photo looks great.

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