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Old Oct 4, 2011, 8:40 PM   #1
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I'm putting a few mood shots together for my basement room. Thought I'd try some of the Oceaside trip. Some you've seen and a couple extra now in B&W.
What do you guys think?
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Old Oct 4, 2011, 8:50 PM   #2
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And three more.
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Old Oct 4, 2011, 9:31 PM   #3
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Personally I like 1,4 and the last one best. Where did you take them?

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Nice selection Scouse. My preference is the first and last: #1 & #7. Definitely moody.
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#1 and #7 are choices! They rock!
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Old Oct 4, 2011, 9:52 PM   #6
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Hi Ken,

Personally, I favor the first and the last. But, if they were mine, I would make a couple of changes:

First Frame

I would make it a panoramic by cropping out the lower third (foreground). The diagonal line running through the foreground is distracting to the overall feel of the image IMHO. I would also clone out the bird? bottle of beer?. Last, I would remove the noise in the sky.

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This is an especially strong image because of the dramatic sky and sun shine streaming in spots. But, the clouds have too much noise and the exposure is too dark IMHO. There is a lot of detail that is lost as a result. By increasing the exposure and removing some of the noise, you can begin to see the birds flying across the water as well as the
sea spray which really adds to the impact of the image. Making those changes makes it a very powerful statement.

That's just what I see.

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Thanks, you guys for taking the time and your comments.

They we're taken in Oceanside Oregon, on the Three Capes Road out west of Tillimook. Just past the cheese factory. There's a couple more shots in my last post.

Zig, thanks for your imput, I've tried your tips for improvement. Got to get myself a denoiser (is that a word? ) program. What's interesting and disappointing they're shot in RAW (ORF) 13.5 meg but with going B&W and sizing it down to 150kb to send it really brought noise out in the sky.

The first. Funny I'd already cropped one effort but I miss the water course. And funnier the "bird, bottle of beer" is actually Sharon taken from our room... Got to get her out for "arts" sake You can see her better in the "Travels with Ken" post

After looking at the last I agree, I've over dramatized it, Here it is 'back' a bit. You can see the pelicans a little better but still the noise. What do you use for noise?
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Hi Ken,

To remove noise, I use the luminance and color noise sliders removal tools found in Adobe's Camera RAW plug-in found in both Photoshop's CS5 and later version of Elements. The tools are fast, easy and allow you a great deal of latitude in adjusting the image.

If you're using a version of Photoshop Element, I would go onto Adobe's website and see if Adobe ACR is available for your version.

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p.s sorry for mistaking Sharon and your revised photographs ( I hope you agree ) are much improved.
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Hmmm,

After seeing the first frame in color, now I'm not so sure. I really prefer the color image. I'd still crop it to a pano. But, I might leave Sharon in the frame because there is a better sense of scale.

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Old Oct 5, 2011, 12:50 PM   #10
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I like the colour more in a lot of the shots but I was looking for those mood shots. The only Adobe program I have is Lightroom, I'll take a look in there and see. I believe there is a noise remover but barely.
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