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  1. #431
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Lotus View Post
    I figured that I would post some of my pics that Ive taken with my Nikon DSLR since I got it for christmas. There a little different though..

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    Dark Lotus, very nice shots you got there. I really like the colours in the shots. My favourite one is the second. I really love that red sky, and the streaks of the car lights make the picture very interesting. Your use of partial black and white is also great.

    I assume you have used post processing on all these shots. What kind of techniques do you use to get the colours like that? Also, do you use a polarizer to get the skys to look like that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rawpaw18 View Post
    Not quite right? Could you offer suggestions to what you think needs fixing?
    I agree it is a great black and white shot. The composition is very nice, with so much depth being created by the dock. The foreground is well exposed, and the black and white works great there. The only thing I like less, is the sky. It is a bit blown out. If this was not the case in the original I think the conversion could use a bit more empahsis on the red channel. Otherwise, I think I would have underexposed a little to get the sky right and then raise the brightness of the foreground using D-lighting.
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  3. #433
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    Thanks for the input D.
    It was light snow and fog. There was no chance to keep the sky from over exposing without giving up dof. There was no color to the sky to start with, it was pretty much white to start with. Oh well, back to the drawing board.
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    Sorry cincy for two in one day, just trying to learn something.
    So technically I screwed up right from the start?
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    - Rich

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    Quote Originally Posted by rawpaw18 View Post
    Thanks for the input D.
    It was light snow and fog. There was no chance to keep the sky from over exposing without giving up dof. There was no color to the sky to start with, it was pretty much white to start with. Oh well, back to the drawing board.
    In that case, I think you got the most out of the situation. There's no point in having a sky that is entirely light grey instead of a sky that is white. I was hoping there was somewhat of a texture in the sky, but given that there is none, I wouldn't have done it any other way.

    EDIT: After playing around with the colour image, I do think that a darker sky does help in bringing making the trees in the background a bit clearer (though, on the other hand the haze also gives it some atmosphere). Here's an conversion I made after first making the sky darker. It was a rushed conversion, so the image quality is not too good.

    Last edited by Prospero; 01-27-2007 at 07:16 AM.
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    // Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 ...// Nikon SB-600
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    // Kiron 105 f/2.8 Macro....// Manfrotto 190XPROB + 488RC4
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    Quote Originally Posted by rawpaw18 View Post
    Sorry cincy for two in one day, just trying to learn something.
    So technically I screwed up right from the start?
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    i wouldn;t say you screwed up, they are very difficult circumstances to take photos of and almost always require post processing. one thing you might want to try is an aperture lock to try and avoid that sky blow out next time, but i doubt if even then its gonna work too well with so many light, bright shades of white and glare etc
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    One of a few photos I took today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prospero View Post
    Dark Lotus, very nice shots you got there. I really like the colours in the shots. My favourite one is the second. I really love that red sky, and the streaks of the car lights make the picture very interesting. Your use of partial black and white is also great.

    I assume you have used post processing on all these shots. What kind of techniques do you use to get the colours like that? Also, do you use a polarizer to get the skys to look like that?
    For post editing I usually just mess with the saturation, brightness/contrast, and exposure in Aperture, then I import it into PS and mess around with the image adjustments until I get what I want. Just go to Image - Adjustments and mess around with things in there. I dont think I used a polarizer on any of those shots.

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    The holy & the virtuous...

    ....or is it just plain old aura?

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