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Norm in Fujino
09-19-2005, 10:34 PM
This is an experiment. I went out last night and got some shots of the last night of the harvest moon. It was cloudy and the moon only peeked out briefly before entering the clouds again, and per usual, the contrasts were too wide to get any good single shot out of them; worse, I had been shooting at ISO1600 earlier and forgot to change back, so just about everything went wrong. I'd never done this before, but I decided to try blending two exposures as a test and so dug out the Luminous Landscape article (http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/digital-blending.shtml
) about it. I tried a Painted Mask first, but given the contrasts, the feathery tree limbs in the foreground were impossible to paint around, so I tried the Layer Mask technique. I raised the curve on the light tree layer and cleaned it up in NeatImage, and it at least came out looking like a photograph, tho still pretty weird, especially in the colors. In part I think it's a result of the clouds, and part due to use of ISO1600 and long exposure, so I'm going to have to try again some time at ISO100. The technique is surprisingly easy.

http://www2.gol.com/users/nhavens/resource/P9192587BM_fa.jpg

Oly E-300, ZD50-200 (200mm, f6.3, 5s + 1/2s shots blended; NR was ON for the 5s exposure)

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tim11
09-19-2005, 11:25 PM
Pardon my geographic knowledge (or lack of it), but where is Fujino?
Interesting photo.

Norm in Fujino
09-19-2005, 11:36 PM
Pardon my geographic knowledge (or lack of it), but where is Fujino? Interesting photo.

Tim, it's about one-hour west of Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo.

nwpoland
09-20-2005, 12:10 AM
Luminous Landscape article (http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/digital-blending.shtml
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Just wanted to say thanks for that link...a ton of good info on digital processing that I will definitely begin using all the time. For instance I've never read anywhere about his style of high-pass sharpening. Makes sense and doesn't mess with the original image layer.

The only thing I wonder about that is how he describes two sharpening methods: the high-pass filter and sharpening in Lab mode. Just curious if there's a rule when to use one or the other. :confused:

Also, I dig that view of the moon...it almost looks like a picture of the sun through some serious thick ND filter.

Norm in Fujino
09-20-2005, 12:16 AM
Just wanted to say thanks for that link...a ton of good info on digital processing that I will definitely begin using all the time. For instance I've never read anywhere about his style of high-pass sharpening. Makes sense and doesn't mess with the original image layer.

The only thing I wonder about that is how he describes two sharpening methods: the high-pass filter and sharpening in Lab mode. Just curious if there's a rule when to use one or the other. :confused:


Good question. I'm still puzzled about sharpening modes, too. It's on my list of "things to learn." :o

ReF
09-20-2005, 02:08 AM
Just wanted to say thanks for that link...a ton of good info on digital processing that I will definitely begin using all the time. For instance I've never read anywhere about his style of high-pass sharpening. Makes sense and doesn't mess with the original image layer.

The only thing I wonder about that is how he describes two sharpening methods: the high-pass filter and sharpening in Lab mode. Just curious if there's a rule when to use one or the other. :confused:

Also, I dig that view of the moon...it almost looks like a picture of the sun through some serious thick ND filter.

i think i've read that article but didn't fully understand the sharpening technique. do you have the link to the sharpening articles?

tim11
09-20-2005, 03:59 AM
Tim, it's about one-hour west of Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo.
Thanks Norm. It turned out that not my (lack of) geographic knowledge that failed me. It was stupidity. Next to your name, there is something in black & white that reads Location: Japan.

nwpoland
09-20-2005, 12:03 PM
i think i've read that article but didn't fully understand the sharpening technique. do you have the link to the sharpening articles?

http://luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/index.shtml

Just look for the sharpening tutorial (as well as the "instant photoshop" tutorial). He speaks of two different kinds of sharpening techniques.

D Thompson
09-20-2005, 02:52 PM
I used a similiar technique in the Photoshop Befor & After thread.
http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showpost.php?p=71519&postcount=10

Norm in Fujino
09-20-2005, 11:01 PM
I used a similiar technique in the Photoshop Befor & After thread.
http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showpost.php?p=71519&postcount=10

Thanks for adding that note; I'm going to try your method as well.