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Old May 30, 2006, 10:09 PM   #1
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I had to tryand see what the outcome would be.So down to the lake I went.

What do you guys think.Please be gentle as I'm very new at this.

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Old May 30, 2006, 10:15 PM   #2
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This other photo was taken later on.
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Old Jun 1, 2006, 4:47 AM   #3
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I'd darken it down a tad and cloned out the artifact in the sky. It's probably not the sunset that you saw but I like to use the available material to create the effect that I want.
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Changing the perspective sometimes works but I prefer the landscape shot.
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Old Jun 1, 2006, 10:54 AM   #5
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Hi catbells:

I'm new to the Digital Photo world,and have all the desire to learn and become a decent photographer.I like what you did with my photo,if you don't mind me asking what program did you use to edit .Right now I'm using Picasa2 for all my needs.Is the software that Pentax as included with my DL2 any better.

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Using Adope Photoshop CS2 I applied the following:

1. Levels - this allows the histogram to be adjusted, usually to set to top & bottom levels to cover the range from black to white. In this example, the darkness was increased & so was the mid band to darken down & emphasis the colours making them deeper

2. Shadows & Highlights - allow you to bring out the detail in shadows and/or highlights (in this example there was not too much difference)

3. UnSharp Mask - sharpens up the final image

An alternative to step 1 is to make a duplicate of the image, then set the layer to 'Multiply' and adjust the Opacity to produce the desired effect. This is very useful if a shot happens to be badly overexposed.


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Catbells :

Thanks very much for taking the time to explain, much appreciated.

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Yer very much welcome - I'm always discovering new ways to use utilities - I probably only use about 5% of their total functionality.

Forums like this provide a useful way for passing on info.
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very nice pix ... I've only been taking pictures for a couple of years now (& digital for 6 months) but 1 thing that I've learned to appreciate is that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". I like & appreciate all of them! I think the gulls add a certain depth without being too busy. I really like the calmness of the later shot. It really is up to you what you like & if noone else likes it, it still is a good shot! I've taken some that my wife still wonders what I was shooting but it just caught my eye at the right time & I can still appreciate that moment & that's all that matters to me.

Good luck & keep up the good work !

There's just something about a good sunset!

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