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Old Dec 7, 2013, 9:27 AM   #11
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Wonderful image ramcewan. Would you mind if I took a shot at it?
sure go for it!

I ran the LR JPG through the community addition of NoiseWare and I ended up with something I am pretty pleased with;


Aruba Sunset 4 by ramcewan, on Flickr
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Old Dec 7, 2013, 9:35 AM   #12
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Amazing difference from your original file before LR.
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Old Dec 7, 2013, 11:32 AM   #13
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I Know some will consider this over the top or too dramatic (and it probably is) but it does illustrate some of what LR5 is capable of if you're willing to experiment.

Thanks for the project ramcewan. It was fun.
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Beautiful shot and PP rancewan, the version chiPersie did it looks great as well.
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Old Dec 9, 2013, 3:24 PM   #15
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Beautiful shot and PP rancewan, the version chiPersie did it looks great as well.
Thanks MarceloLI- I'm sure ramcewan's rendition is more accurate. My version is more to show folks considering moving to LR that although it is not a full blown editor (like PaintShop Pro or PhotoShop) it does provide a fair amount of latitude for those wishing to push it. The big thing it's missing is layers. If that functionality is important it's best to look at an alternative or use LR in conjunction with your favorite editor.
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thanks for the looks and the comments Marcelo and your version chiPersei!

At the suggestion of Ozzie Traveler who commented on my final version in the landscape forum I re-cropped the image to make it more of a panorama, I also threw in some other tweaks and came up with this;


Aruba Sunrise Crop by ramcewan, on Flickr

I like it and I am like I said sold on lightroom. It may not have layers but I'm not feeling like I need them so much right now and if I do I can probably jump over to GIMP.

I think most of what I have done with layers before, such as isolating the sky or foreground, can be accomplished with LR using the gradient filter.

Here's an example where I added a gradient filter and tweaked saturation and color from the upper left on down.


Aruba sunset pier by ramcewan, on Flickr
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Great job Ramcewan, love the last sea scape.
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[QUOTE=ramcewan;1363451] Here's an example where I added a gradient filter and tweaked saturation and color from the upper left on down. [QUOTE]

Nicely done. I love the gradient tool. Wonderful image BTW.
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If you carefully expose files with the cameras fitted with the better 16MP sensors to where you maybe clip just a little bit of highlights, with LR or ACR in Photoshop you can just about do as well, maybe even more natural looking than combining multiple exposures into HDR images with tools like the gradient filter and the adjustment brush, that allows you to tweek small portions of an image just like you would have done with layers in the past. Recover clipped highlights with the highlights slider and open shadows with a combination of three sliders as needed (blacks and shadows from the basic window and the shadow tone curve).

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Old Dec 10, 2013, 8:36 AM   #20
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If you do get it, I'd recommend getting started on the organizing of your catalog, tags, etc., before jumping into anything else too deeply. I know it sounds like tedious dumb homework (it is), but you'll not want to go back and "fix" things later. Heh, trust me.

I'd also say to get one of the guides as there are many features that you won't notice by just playing with it or reading the help files. I'm no expert but those guides helped to get started.

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