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Old Sep 23, 2010, 12:31 PM   #1
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Hey all, I'm new to photo editing and need some advice.

I took this pic this past weekend from atop the Empire State Building around 5 pm when it was getting hazy but had some play from light shining from the heavens thru the clouds. Please tell me ways of making the city pop without losing the sky. Any critique is welcome! I'll try to post other pics soon in need of more advice.

Thanks all!
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Old Sep 23, 2010, 1:24 PM   #2
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I think this would benefit greatly from Topaz Detail's "micro contrast enhancement" preset. Or if you want to go extreme makeover, Topaz Adjust's "psychedelic" preset then use Topaz DeNoise to remove grain. The latter will turn your sunset into a blazing bright orange and the clouds with deeper shades of blue.

I tried doing the above but the image seems to have been compressed a lot such that jpeg artifacts like checkerboarding is present all throughout. And the buildings being squares and rectangles, Topaz Dejpeg can't seem to make out which is jpeg checkerboarding and which is building so in the process detail from the buildings is lost.

You can download trial versions of Topaz software at topazlabs.com.
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Or the color pop preset if you just want a little more pop in the photo.
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Hi, this is a real quick,"dirty" edit, I did four very quick things, Crop, Burn, Dodge, and Unsharp mask, in PSE. Hundreds of ways to edit this picture, everyone would do it different. Experiment, you can always "undo"..
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Have come up with this. Local contrast and base/tone curve applied, together with some exposure adjustment and velvia to bring colors up. A ND4 gradual filter was applied to minimize over-exposure in the sky. Done in darktable for linux.
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Just a quick edit in Topaz which Im new to. A little bit more dramatic touch of the shot.

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Hey all, I'm new to photo editing and need some advice.

I took this pic this past weekend from atop the Empire State Building around 5 pm when it was getting hazy but had some play from light shining from the heavens thru the clouds. Please tell me ways of making the city pop without losing the sky. Any critique is welcome! I'll try to post other pics soon in need of more advice.

Thanks all!

Nighthawk06si,

My try, but your second is the best, I think

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My turn. Should be working on the hi res.
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Old Sep 23, 2010, 7:48 PM   #9
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my take, but a little tough with a 58KB file
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okay, bynx you are the edit master, looking at all the posted option so far. Yours is the one I like best, followed by hawgwild's.
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