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Old Jul 20, 2011, 6:23 AM   #1
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at Dumaresq Dam outside Armidale. The Dam was once part of the old water supply system, but is now a recreational area. The Sunday afternoon light was fey and the trees made impressionist reflections on the still waters.

#1 Looking upstream toward the north-east


#2 Cormorant Air cleared for take off


#3 Tall trees reflected


#4 Looking south-west toward the dam wall


#5 Behind the wall


Nothing exciting just a quiet, peaceful stroll on a Sunday afternoon.

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G'day Bernice

Well done - a good expose of the Aussie bush
You mention that "The Sunday afternoon light was fey" ... maybe a bit of a tweak with Levels might do something

Here's a sample


If you're not sure about Levels, give a shout & i'll put up a qwik tutorial
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Lovely series Bernice. Looks like a great spot for a Sunday stoll.
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 9:33 PM   #4
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Phil & banksy - thanks for the comments.

Middle of the winter, grass freeze-dried and low, less chance of stepping on a snake — yes banksy it is a nice place for an afternoon stroll.

SHOUT: Phil, I'll take you up on that offer. I could use some inside info about levels - just so long as it's not a Photoshop tutorial. I don't have it and use Thorstein Lemke's Graphic Converter for my pp'ing. I find that if I can figure out the science behind the process I'm better.

Appreciate your help.

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G'day Bernice

Sorry about the delay in responding to you ~ I've been way out west in outback Queensland, about 500km north-west of Cloncurry with very poor phone or internet coverage ... the Telstra modem died and even if it had worked, signal strength was about 1/10

Okay ... you say 'yes' to some info "so long as it's not a photoshop tutorial" ~ and that's a bit hard for me as I've never heard of the TLGC. 'sorry'
However, if TLGC has some means of playing with the histogram you may have the means of tweaking your image a bit

So, at the moment, all I can do is show you histogram tweaking Levels & using photoshop elements

1- here's your image with the histogram shown alongside. Notice how the histogram is located more to the right side - indicating a bit of overexposure ... I'm guessing about 1/2 to 2/3 an EV in camera exposure


2- with the "LHS marker" of the histogram moved across till it kisses the LHS of the histogram and clicked 'ok', the image will be 'stretched' out to full-width and the blacks will return to be blacks [not dark greys]


3- here's the 2 images LHS = tweaked & RHS = original


So, I'll have to leave you to have a go with your pp software, and hope you can get it to behave for you.

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Thank you for these Phil. Yes, I have that histogram and I use it similarly to your shots above. However I have come to realise that my old lampshade iMac (circa 2001) gives me much darker colours than this 20" iMac (2007) I use here at work, so I back off a bit and don't bring the left and right slides all the way in to the bulk of the histogram. Hopefully I'll have a more modern (secondhand) computer in the next few weeks and will be able to get a better idea of what to do.

Thanks for taking the trouble to put this explanation together. It shows me that I am on the right track and where to go next. (BTW Thorstein Lemke's Graphic Converter is a Mac only application.)

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