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Old Apr 5, 2006, 4:14 PM   #1
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hope ya all like em, sorry for typo in title should be "recent" if a mod could change it please !

first one was from this morning going to work



this next one was from a couple of days ago while out taking dog for a walk

i call it "spooky tree" like something out of a horror movie

both are unedited expcept for resizing for the forum



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Old Apr 6, 2006, 10:11 AM   #2
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hi Gary!

I DO like trees (call me a tree hugger if you want! :blah

The 2 photos you sent were quite good. The 1st one shows some lovely shadows, and I guess frost on ground. Interesting. Just a shame the sky is blown out (basically white) ... it's a candidate for the technique of shooting 2 different exposures (one underexposed for the sky) and layering them... to balance highlights, etc. There is post / thread detailing this somehow (and links to websites explaining this) but I can't find it now...

I've yet to try yet alone master that technique anyhow.

The 2nd photo indeed IS of a spookey tree / scarey sky combination. Very much scarey movie material or a cover of a thriller book.

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Old Apr 6, 2006, 10:27 AM   #3
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I really like #2.
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Old Apr 6, 2006, 11:05 AM   #4
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i have the shot with exposure for sky but didnt have much luck with them both together, tried it with different combinations of what was background layer and what mode the overlaying layer was but couldnt get it anywhere near what i wanted, and yeah it is frost on the floor
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Nice pictures. I like the shadows on the first and the colors and mood of the second. If working with layers, you might try the following technique when taking pictures where a bright sunny sky covers 1/3 or more of the image:

1. Point the camera to theforeground and take a reading.

2. Usually,landscapephotos look goodwhen the sky is 1 stop lighter than the midtone. So, if the foreground reading is f/30, take a picture of the foreground at f/30 and another of the sky at f/60 (1 stop lighter). Then layer the two with PS.
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Old Apr 7, 2006, 3:43 PM   #6
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I like the first picture ,those shadows on the groundfrost are cool (pardon the pun)

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Did you shoot in Raw format, you may get a little better post processing results with the blown out sky??, dial the exposure back a few stops,you have better control of dynamic range when using raw

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Old Apr 8, 2006, 4:32 AM   #7
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no i didnt shoot it in raw....just jpeg but i did shoot 2 shoots, found a bit of a guide and did this quick edit in photoshop today, just to see what the result would be like



then with a little bit more editing got this result........which is better, still needs a bit more work


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Thats much better , good job.If you haven`t already I`d try shooting in Raw format,

Raw shooter essentials is a good Raweditor and FREE!!

http://www.pixmantec.com/products/ra...essentials.asp

I shoot Raw all the time now.You have much more control over the final output of the shot.

these may be of use

http://luminous-landscape.com/tutori...xposures.shtml

I`ve been usingthe histogram when shooting Raw and dialing the exposure compensationfor theexpose to the right technique.You get a lot more detail in shots and can control the exposure in pp more than with JPEG files

http://luminous-landscape.com/tutori...se-right.shtml

I`ve been experimenting for over a week and just about got the hang of compensating the exposure.Using this method I get betterresults than using Jpeg

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that,s so much better , and now see that u can get that green spot away as well

good job
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Yeah, Tommysdad has explained exactly what I wanted to explain, and you, Reanimator have done what I was wanting to try....

that Luminous Landscape link is what I couldn't find at the time.

Well done, great edits. It would be easy (in a pinch) to clone out that green lens flare.

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