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Old Aug 27, 2006, 2:58 PM   #1
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Old Aug 27, 2006, 7:42 PM   #2
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This is interesting, I like it and it looks sureal... But, I think somethings missing, I know you have that power line, but if it was closer, I wouldn't mind. Good shot though.
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Old Aug 28, 2006, 12:39 AM   #3
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A nice shot. Composition is great. Unfortunatly the image appears flat as there is no realy vast dynamic range. Image tend to hang in the mids.

As metioned by Serg a sureal approach would look cool



still a fantastic shot

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Old Aug 29, 2006, 11:11 AM   #4
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The tiny portion of framingat the bottom is somewhat distracting because it seems as though it's competing for attention with the clouds. Somehow there has to be more bottomvisibility in this area to make this picture work. The bottom framing upsets this much needed balance; not by much, but enough that it needs to beraised a bit to compliment the clouds.

Further, the tree in the lower right hand corner would have given the picture more balance had it been moved a little to the left in the picture and up some. This way it could have complimented the tower on the lower left.

The photographer's intent was to give the clouds more importance and in this area it worked but, in my opinion, raise the bottom framing a bit and notice the difference.
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Old Aug 29, 2006, 2:59 PM   #5
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Its a nice shot, but as ken said a little flat, hope you don't mindif Ihave a little go at it.
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I hope its ok by you.
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Old Aug 29, 2006, 3:31 PM   #7
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alex james wrote:
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I hope its ok by you.

Woow alex, this is what i ws talking about. The warm tones have added significant impact to the shot. Fantastic work and great end product

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Old Aug 29, 2006, 3:32 PM   #8
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IF you prefer not to go sureal here is an edit for a natural look:

This is what I did:

1) I changed the levels to expand the dynamic range
2) Ran the image thru a customized S-Curve
3) Did some local contrast enchancement via USM
4) Did some saturation adjustments

This took about 3 minutes to do.

here is the result I came up with to give you an idea on how to improve the image in another way:

BTW, alex, I like your edit. It is very dramatic.


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Thats better nelmr, the clouds are showing through much more, thanks for letting me use your photo. and thank you ken.
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Old Aug 30, 2006, 7:00 AM   #10
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Thanks for the comments and the improvement on the photo.

I only use Elements 4 (Photoshop CS is just a distant dream) and an uncalibrated LCD monitor, and I am all too aware that the picture looks different on each monitor.

Post processing for me is still a "learning in progress" and I wonder if it is worth to invest in a monitor calibrating kit such as the Monaco EZ or similar products.

Thanks people.

Edit: I was just able to see Alex James' version, which ismore what the evening was at the time the photo was taken. Reproduced the golden glow perfectly, as I remember. How was it done?

Thanks.



Edit 2:

In fact, this shot was taken within minutes of the first one, the sun is settting behind the bushes:








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