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Old Mar 30, 2006, 11:48 AM   #1
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I have been trying to get a good shot from this location ....

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Old Mar 30, 2006, 11:53 AM   #2
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I love the color of the rocks.
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Old Mar 30, 2006, 11:56 AM   #3
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Thanks again, Ladyhawk. It's a spectacular place. Let me know if you ever head out this way ... I'll trade a tour for some photog lessons
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I like it, but it looks a little washed out to me. I hope you don't mind but I've posted a version below with the levels tightened up a little - just the levels no saturation changes, although you might well think so to look at it!

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Old Mar 30, 2006, 12:39 PM   #5
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great edit! thanks .... I'm still trying to master PS!
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Old Mar 30, 2006, 2:05 PM   #6
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John, at what stage in PP do you do levels? I've been doing it before working on saturation and hue ..... does it matter? is there a sequence that works best?

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Old Mar 30, 2006, 2:31 PM   #7
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The edited version is SWEET!
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Old Mar 31, 2006, 3:34 AM   #8
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Drewaz: My workflow is usually:

1) If the image has too much contrast then duplicate the background layer (Ctrl+J) and apply the shadows and highlights correction. I never move either slider past 20% (the default is 50% for shadows), and try to keep both below 10% if I can. Otherwise the effect can be quite nasty, but may vary depending upon the quality of the pixels your camera produces.

2) Levels come next: I always apply as an adjustment layer, in this image the contrast was surprisingly low, moving the black and white points in towards the centre had a dramatic effect: be careful not to move them so far as to cause clipping though. Moving the centre point to the right can also improve the density and contrast of an image that's a little too pale.

3) In this image I made a graduated selection of the sky, copied to a new layer, and then applied another levels adjustment layer to just the copied sky: darkening the top.

Saturation comes last, I never touch hue, or the brightness/contrast controls unless I have to. If I do adjust the saturation, I've been using a free channel mixer pluggin from http://www.simpelfilter.de/en/ they have a b&w conversion filter that's useful too. Using the saturation control directly tends to rather unsubtle and cause "hot spots" IMO.

HTH, John.
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Old Apr 1, 2006, 12:06 PM   #9
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John,* thanks for the tutorial .....* it's a big learning curve for me!
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Wow! What a wonderful setting. I like the edit job too. Must be nice to wake up to this landscape every morning........thekman.
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