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Old Oct 27, 2003, 8:23 AM   #1
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It was a cloudy day when I took this picture.
shutter speed was 1/1000 sec.
Lens apersture was F/3.5

Do you think I could have done something different to improve the picture? I am thinking maybe I should have slowed the shutter speed and used a tripod. As always, software improvement will be appreciated as well. Thanks in advance.



P.S. It was taken in Elk Horn, Iowa.
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Old Oct 27, 2003, 10:12 AM   #2
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That is, indeed, a tricky shot. I think I would have spot metered on the shake siding or used +1.0 exposure compensation. The bright sky caused your metering system to stop down the lens more than necessary. Is that windmill in Solvang, Ca.?
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It was taken in Elk Horn, Iowa. I visited the Danish Immigrants museum this weekend.

I have not played with exposure yet. Like you said, it must be due to the bright sky that confused the camera. BTW, I am using Canon A70 digital camera.
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Old Oct 27, 2003, 2:43 PM   #5
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If you have Photoshop or another program with a "levels" adjustment, it might be possible to lighten the mid-range values, then tweak both the light and dark values. This might simulate having metered for that roof.

Work on it. The photo is worth it.

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Old Oct 27, 2003, 3:09 PM   #6
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Hi Billcollector.
I used your image for "photo-improvement training"

Here are the results:





I didn't take my time, so it's kinda untidy.
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Old Oct 28, 2003, 3:26 AM   #7
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Nice work Kex ( becare of trees and hidden parts in sky selection : I use the similar command in this cases ).

However , the shot is REALLY GOOD, and if the original colours are not that intersting you always have a wayout to try : the bw version.

First try to corret level and contrast with the automatic corrections :
in this case it worked well and added more depth to the image.
Second remove colour.

Here are two versions :




The second one has some dodge tool brush applications on the midtones of the mill.

I say it again : a GREAT SHOT : the bw reveals shapes and composition ( excellent ).

You can also try a sepia :




In the second one I erased a cropped plant on the left.

The image can also remind you of an old album cover and
playing with a personalized gradient map and with the Palette Knife filter
you can get much MORE :






Sorry, this is not my personal taste, this was only an exercise ( not perfectly accomplished ).
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Thanks sergio.
But you did a really good job, too! I actually like the sepia ones very much, but also the last one looks very interesting!

Mhm, I guess the colours of mine are way too 'vivid'.
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Mhm, I guess the colours of mine are way too 'vivid'.
I don't think so if you are assuming a sunny day. I like the weathering on the windmill a little darker. I was too lazy to find a sky so I just dabbed some blue in.

I like the B&W better with some noise - there is too much white space.



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What a fascinating exercise, each person bringing his own taste and abilities to the table.

Kex: I liked your grain/noise version. I've never figured out why some photos look good with it while others don't, but gut instinct periodically draws me into testing it on a B&W.
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