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Old Apr 10, 2010, 5:29 PM   #1
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Hey guys haven't posted on here in a while due to being busy and not taking as many pics as I would like...anyway i got out to take some night shots and had a question for you guys about which shot looks better, and if they are both garbage dont be afraid to tell me I am not too sensitive.





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Old Apr 10, 2010, 6:04 PM   #2
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Well, you present two nice picks but pps are different. I'll keep #2.
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Old Apr 10, 2010, 7:35 PM   #3
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Yep I agree, two is slightly better but honestly not much in it. Nice shot, personally I would try to bring out the detail in the sky a little more.
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Old Apr 10, 2010, 7:38 PM   #4
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Number 2 wins it for me...
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#2 is getting unanimous. This is #2 with a bit of Shadown/Highlight applied. I think this could be a very good shot. If you can pull out some details in the dark areas its a really interesting composition in my opinion.
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Old Apr 10, 2010, 8:06 PM   #6
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#2 is getting unanimous. This is #2 with a bit of Shadown/Highlight applied.
Works for me really adds definition to the tree line as well!
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Old Apr 10, 2010, 9:15 PM   #7
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I used Martin's auto HDR and cloned the pole.

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Old Apr 10, 2010, 9:19 PM   #8
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the edits that bring out the detail plus the crop of #2 works for me. nice lines in this comp.
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Old Apr 10, 2010, 9:36 PM   #9
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Thanks for the replies, two questions, one specifically for Mark:

Do you have suggestions for bring out the detail in the sky more? The settings were 15sec, f/4, ISO200...

and about crop ratio, with the second photo only being cropped from the right side will I run into any issues should I want to get this printed out?

thanks in advance for any replies.

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Without going to special printing sizes the standards are 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, 8 x 12. These sizes can be run through do it yourself kiosk machines. These are found here in local drug stores, Walmarts, and camera shops. Once you go to 11 x 14 and up its considered specialty and you have to leave the file and let them do it and come back in a day or two. The point Im making here is your pic size should be in proportion to the sizes mentioned so you get full use of the pic and nothing is cropped off. For example if you know you want an 8 x 10 inch file then make sure the width and height is in an 8 to 10 ratio. So in Photoshop create a box with sides 8 x 10 ratio. Then you can size the box to fit the longest or widest side of your pic. Then you do the cropping and get no surprises when you go to print.
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