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Old Dec 5, 2007, 12:53 AM   #21
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It has been saidthat the Pentax factorydefaults areintentionally setsothat some postprocessing to taste is expected. If you find that your adjustments you make are consistently in one direction (or you frequently prefer oneframe of the bracketing), you can just make those adjustments to the defaults in the camera and leave them set there (some third-party books have recommendations along this line). More frequently than not I make the same corrections in post processing my images, but I haven't changed settingsbecause I find it easier to make the changes in pp than to have to undo them if they don't suit some images.

That said, for my tastes I don't see any major faults in any of your images, although I don't know how much they might have been adjusted.
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Old Dec 5, 2007, 11:01 PM   #22
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Thanks, bruder and penolta.

I've uploaded the original images here at http://picasaweb.google.com/nhmom50/Newportif anyone wants to see what they looked like before pp. Mostly cropping and levels.

I haven't had much chance to get out since to test bracketing or new default settings on my camera. Maybe tomorrow at lunch. Or, if I can get out the door early enough in the morning for an attempt at the December challenge. Weather permiitting. (No, not cool. COLD! Bitter, bitter cold the last few days.)

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Old Dec 6, 2007, 9:13 AM   #23
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Hi Patty

Just to let you know that you're not the only one who hates horizon to horizon grey. My first outing with my brand new GX-10 was in similar circumstances and I hated the results. But as has been said here, it is amazing what can be done in PP. I am slowly but surely becoming a real fan.

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Old Dec 6, 2007, 1:18 PM   #24
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I've uploaded the original images here at http://picasaweb.google.com/nhmom50/Newportif anyone wants to see what they looked like before pp. Mostly cropping and levels.
They do look duller. The quick fix thathas beenrecommended would be good for dreary days: reset the Image Tone from the Natural defaulf to Bright. This boosts sharpness, contrast, and color saturation, providing a more "punchy" image. Try it and see if you like it. Each of these parameters can also be adjusted individually in- camera (or in pp) to preference. Auto levels in pp may do something along the same lines. Instant fixes often brighten my pictures in pp, but I do not always like the result, so I prefer to have the flexibility to decide after I see the image, as the designers apparently intended.

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Thanks, penolta. I'm hoping it's going to be a little warmer (and not snowing!) to try some of the things everyone's suggested here this weekend.
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