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Old Nov 10, 2010, 8:50 AM   #1
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Hey guys, just found this forum last night. And it got me stuck here until 3am. So I thought that I'd become a member and gaine some experience thru all of you guys.

Right now I'm out traveling, and been overseas for more than 5 months now. Mostly I've spent that time in Australia. And I'm gonna be here for about 1 more month. After that N.Z, Thailand & Bali. Enough of me now

So the first pic I will post here is from Australia. Just shot this photo on my way back "home" from a small trip with some friends. Saw this beautiful view from my car, and had to go back and find a nice spot to take this photo from. My friends and gf thought I was a wierdo cause they couldn't see what I saw.

So what do you guys think?
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Old Nov 10, 2010, 8:57 AM   #2
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Istvan....That is a gorgeous looking place...The composition is really nice, however, it's quite dark...Suggest a bit of lightening, but careful not to burn out the colors...And welcome to Steves...
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Thank you John. Oh it's a bit dark? Hmm, I'm sitting on a Macbook and a Sony Vaio laptop. The pics always look good here with the lightening, but I know that these laptops have very bright screens, maybe to bright.

What do you other guys think, is it to dark?
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Thank you John. Oh it's a bit dark? Hmm, I'm sitting on a Macbook and a Sony Vaio laptop. The pics always look good here with the lightening, but I know that these laptops have very bright screens, maybe to bright.

What do you other guys think, is it to dark?
Just a touch but it's a very good image...

Laptops and LCD monitors come from the factory set too bright... They do
that so that people will say, "Oh wow...! That's so nice and bright...!" But
for photography especially, you will need to calibrate your monitor...

I use a hardware monitor calibraton tool called a Spyder3Pro...

http://www.imaging-resource.com/ARTS.../CALIBRATE.HTM

There are also some utilities available online that can help with calibration
that you could use right now but, IMHO, the best are the hardware type...

Here's an online calibrator... I've never used it but you could check it out...

http://www.colorwizzard.com/lcdtest/index.html

If you don't like that one here's the results of a google search where you
can find more to try...

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&s...AAAKoEBU_QqpMG

Hope that helps and welcome to the forum...!
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Old Nov 10, 2010, 9:58 AM   #5
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Oops, I just remembered you've got an Apple...

Here's a google search for an online Apple monitor calibrator... Maybe you
can find an appropriate one there...

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&s...AAAKoEBU_QfUty
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Old Nov 10, 2010, 10:17 AM   #6
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To my eye, it isn't so much dark as out of balance. It would have benefitted from a GND oriented diagonally across the field of view. But, as it stands, it is easy to see why you took the photo.
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Old Nov 10, 2010, 11:06 AM   #7
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Looks like a great photo OP.
On my calibrated monitor is does seem a bit on the dark side.
For this particular photo with no clear reflection I would have gottne lower and shot more across the water then down on it and had the tree line to the right about 1/3 up from the bottom of the frame. Again thats just me.
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One of the tough lessons I had to learn was that I can't produce an excellent picture any time I want to - the lighting has to be right, which includes the time of day as well as cloud cover. Come to think of it, another tough lesson I had to learn was that I can't produce an excellent picture.

In this shot we're looking into the sun. Coupled with strong reflection off the water we're left with a lot of the scene underexposed. HDR treatment could possibly salvage the shot.

If possible, revisit the location during the golden hour. Particularly if this puts the sun behind you.
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Considering you were shooting nearly into the sun, I think you got as good an exposure as could be done without using a GND filter. I tend to use bracketing, and then recombine for High Dynamic Range. Another method is to use HDR software to bring up some of the shadow details.
This is a well composed shot. Nice image. I never get bored with scenery like this. Tell your friends they are to young to be jaded.
Here is a quick reprocess using Auto HDR, a program written by one of our board members, Martin Sykes.

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Istvan, I like your picture, but as was said, it just needed some dynamic range enhancement, and Brian's edit is very nice.
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