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Old Jun 23, 2010, 3:21 PM   #1
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Default Midnight Sun -- Lake Palokka, Jyväskylä, Finland

I am very new to "digital" photography... and even more new to digital post-processing... That being said... how can I make this photo better. It was taken close to 11:00 in the evening. Sorry for the noise.

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Old Jun 23, 2010, 8:36 PM   #2
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In my opinion the foreground is too dark. I did a few touches to the photo:
-lightened the trees/grass/boat
-color corrections (muted some colors, added saturation to others.)
-select contrast touch-ups
-tree trunks are in black and white
-smoothed out the foreground just a bit
-leveled the horizon

The content is beautiful, and i really like the cropping. good overall photo, just a few post processing things...


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Old Jun 23, 2010, 9:22 PM   #3
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You can:

1. Level the horizon.
2. Use a Neutral Density filter.
3. Use the auto HDR 3 exposures you have in your Pentax K7.
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Thanks guys! Appreciate your help!!!

This photo was taken at nearly 11:00 p.m., there wasn't much light in my foreground. I did level the photograph... that is done and sorted.

Never thought about a ND filter, I would need one for the camera... that sounds like a great idea... but I might need a tripod for such a shot.

Here is the straightened version of the photo... other refinements, well I need to keep learning how to use PSE8

Thanks guys for your very kind help and advice.

All the best.

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Did you try using Martin Sykes HDR program? It's free and you can probably find a link on here for it. It has a lot of potential.
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LOL!!! I just did, and then I got your message... It is a great programme, but in this case, it didn't help! But thanks! All the best.

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