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Old May 22, 2011, 11:41 PM   #1
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Just a little processing to make up for a dull day. Please skip quickly ahead so that I can explain these rather frightful images. Since I have never been good at landscapes comments are welcome on how successful these images are.
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Old May 22, 2011, 11:48 PM   #2
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Old May 23, 2011, 2:38 AM   #3
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Stunning colours and scenery ! Amazing contrast.

There seems to be something amiss though - high noise ? Seems to be giving these shots almost a sketch-like feel to them. Can you, anyone, explain this ?

I would PP out the people top left in both #4 & #5.
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Old May 23, 2011, 6:30 AM   #4
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Nice scenery Ira! Pictures appear very grainy on my monitor. I could not view the EXIF but almost looks like very high ISO and a bit over saturated.

I did not visit the south rim of the GC, but visited the north rim instead...a sight to behold!
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Old May 23, 2011, 6:44 AM   #5
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I am in no way an expert on the Grand Canyon-have been there (2) times. First trip was in 1986 and I was shooting my Pentax Super Program-everything seemed to have a haze-I put on my polarized sun glasses and the haze disappeared-so I put my polarizer on my lens. The constant dust particles in the sunshine were creating the haze and disappeared using the polarizer.
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Guilty as charged.. in an attempt to restore some of the contrast I increased the saturation and used USM to boost the contrast as well as the sharpness. I just looked at what I had posted on a good monitor (I should never have trusted the laptop screen) and was shocked at how bad they looked. From now on the NEC monitor will stay connected to my laptop when editing images. I am posting the unprocessed shots as a comparison in order to get more opinions. These have been resized but nothing more.
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BTW Frogfish, I leave the people to show the scale of the canyon.
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Ira,

The orignial images look very soft and also seem very flat (lack of contrast). I'd have that K20D checked for focus and exposure calibration to make sure it is functioning OK.

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Ira,

The orignial images look very soft and also seem very flat (lack of contrast). I'd have that K20D checked for focus and exposure calibration to make sure it is functioning OK.

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Unfortunately it seems it may be the photographer rather than the camera that needs to be calibrated.
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Ira, I agree, the first set seemed a bit over saturated, while the unprocessed second set seems a bit flat. I have had some success removing haze in landscape shots by dialing down the brightness, and slightly increasing the contrast. That might be worth a try.

By the way, regardless of whether they're oversaturated, or grainy, or dull, these are beautiful images depicting a stunning landscape.
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