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Old Oct 22, 2003, 11:28 PM   #1
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Default The view disappeared!

On most days we can see the Olympic Mountains across the Juan de Fuca Strait from Victoria.

But this morning we couldn't see more than about three streets away.

There are some thick, black, ugly power Power wires crossing the view, about 2/3 of the way down, but I think I've managed to remove most traces of them.

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Old Oct 23, 2003, 1:17 AM   #2
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Default Cool Image

Try bumping up the contrast a little!
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Old Oct 23, 2003, 4:53 AM   #3
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Not bad... not much to see tho
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Old Oct 23, 2003, 1:19 PM   #4
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Default More contrast?

Kalypso - My camera's always set on the lowest 'sharpening' level because I've read that sharpening in the computer does a better job. The posted picture has Photoshop Unsharp Mask (about level 100) applied to it.

I've just tried upping the contrast, as you suggest, but it lost the softness of the light and colors in the real scene. So I tried applying more Unsharp Mask to it. This was a bit ticklish - an extra 100 level Unsharp Mask seemed to me to detract from the effect: but an extra 50 level seems (in my eyes) to be O.K.

Mistajon - I agree, there isn't much to see! But maybe it's kind of soothing?
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Old Oct 24, 2003, 11:13 AM   #5
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I always shoot with my contrast and sharpening set at minimum. As a result everything needs some help as it comes from the camera. Shooting with minimum contrast maximizes your exposure latitude and sharpening should be done last in processing.

I’m guessing Kalypso meant to use something sophisticated like levels or curves to bump up the contrast. The Brightness/Contrast control is a dull tool. Contrast moves your white and black points the same amount towards or away from each other and brightness moves everything the same amount to the right or left. You seldom want to do either. Photoshop help says of Brightness/Contrast: “…is not recommended for high-end output”.

I agree that almost anything you try ruins the soft mood of the photo.
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