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Greg Chappell Mar 20, 2013 9:08 PM

Which Way is Up?
E-M5 and 9-18 M. Zuiko at 11mm, this evening on my way home. So nice when a good landscape comes together.....and I actually "see" it.

Along the creek, on the other side, with the 14-150..

boBBrennan Mar 20, 2013 11:13 PM

........unbelievable reflection and the 14-150 continues too, that is a heck of a combination.

zig-123 Mar 21, 2013 4:54 AM

Hi Greg,
The first image is a wall hanger. I love the composition with the 9-18mm adding great depth to it. It's almost 3 dimensional.


SammyKhalifa Mar 21, 2013 8:36 AM

Yeah. Thanks for showing that first one.

James Emory Mar 21, 2013 8:57 AM

I agree with Zig, definitely a great shot.

Greg Chappell Mar 21, 2013 9:04 AM

I used the gradient filter tool in ACR (not available in DxO) to even out the lighting between the two halves of that first subject. As I set the exposure I was not really using the image itself to judge how bight or dark to expose, but watched the histogram instead and was able to keep both extremes from clipping.

In Adobe Camera raw I raised the reflection values using the darks and shadows sliders, slid the highlights slider down to control the brightest areas on top, then used the gradient filter tool to the same effect one might have used a graduated neutral density filter when shooting the scene to bring the sky values down further to something closer to the sky values in the reflection. The DxO Optics 8 processor I have been playing with has nothing similar to the gradient filter tool or ability to make small local adjustments like ACR.

boBBrennan Mar 21, 2013 9:13 PM

I'm lost........ But I know when I really enjoy seeing the results of that kind of magic.

ramcewan Mar 25, 2013 8:30 AM

nice shots greg, the 9-18 sure seems to be a great landscape lens.

I of course am caught up wondering what kind of birds those are roosting in that tree?

Greg Chappell Mar 25, 2013 10:22 AM

I'm not exactly sure to be honest! I did pull out the 75-300 and snapped this image of one of them at 300mm, if you or someone else can make him out well enough to identify..

ramcewan Mar 25, 2013 11:54 AM

looks like a type of cormorant, most likely the double-crested cormorant, non-breeding plumage in winter time puts them in your neck of the woods

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