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Jack Nickelless Feb 14, 2004 12:10 AM


selvin Feb 14, 2004 12:45 AM

Nicely done.

Klaus DK Feb 14, 2004 10:17 AM

Nice Jack - it (almost) looks like a panorama stiched shot.

You catched the dramatic sky very nice. The foreground is perhaps too dark, but this can be very difficult to overcome in some cases.

Jack Nickelless Feb 14, 2004 11:24 AM

Thank you Selvin, and thanks to you also Klaus. As you detected, it is not a true stiched photo, but that is the look I was going for. The foreground was lighter, but was too noisy to suit me. If I used too much noise reduction to get rid of it, the clouds didn't look as good, so by darkening it, the clouds stood out better, which I thought was the most important aspect of the shot. I just couldn't seem to get everything looking right at the same time, so I sacrificed the foreground. I agree with you though. It is too dark. Thanks for the expert critique.

Klaus DK Feb 14, 2004 6:28 PM

Don't get me wrong Jack - it's a good shot! Pano or not!

bcoultry Feb 14, 2004 6:38 PM

This is a wonderful shot. As for the too-dark foreground, maybe you should play with Quick Mask. It makes selecting an area like you have here easier than using the Magic Wand or the Lasso. Once you've selected the foreground, you might be able to bring back some of its detail, though there's a little worry about those sunbeams. It's possible they could end up being lightened too much where they hit the foreground. Still, it's worth a try.

bcoultry Feb 14, 2004 6:48 PM

I just downloaded your photo to see what I could. Don't bother trying my suggestion because you can't selectively lighten the foreground without destroying the sunbeams on it. Besides, like you said, the clouds are the real point of the photo, and darkening them the way you did gave them beautiful drama.

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