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Wolfman

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Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« on: August 13, 2019, 04:55:59 pm »

Cruising the southwest last summer shooting landscapes I explored this canyon during monsoon season.
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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2019, 05:50:53 pm »

Very nice.
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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2019, 06:10:53 pm »

A good shot betrayed by HDR treatment.

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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2019, 10:44:35 pm »

When you say betrayed by HDR treatment are you referring to multiple exposure blending? If so it's not what I did. It's one single exposure worked on in camera raw and photoshop. By HDR treatment are you referring to opening up the shadow area as much as I did? Either way, I like it and yes , maybe I should have made it look more realistic as far as dynamic range but I wanted to show the foreground in more detail.

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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2019, 11:13:40 pm »

When you say betrayed by HDR treatment are you referring to multiple exposure blending? If so it's not what I did. It's one single exposure worked on in camera raw and photoshop. By HDR treatment are you referring to opening up the shadow area as much as I did? Either way, I like it and yes , maybe I should have made it look more realistic as far as dynamic range but I wanted to show the foreground in more detail.

However you arrived to it, it has that dreaded HDR look. Shadows opened too much, highlights killed to a muddy gray. Good thing you have raw. Salvation from an HDR Hell is just a few clicks away ;)

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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2019, 11:43:53 pm »

I like it Wolfman! The post-processing path is very subjective; if you like it, keep doing it!!
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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2019, 02:00:42 am »

Thanks Smoothjazz. I admit that I opened the shadows more than usual and toned down the highlights in the sky in the left side  so you could see more details in the clouds in that section.

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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2019, 03:42:48 am »

Great scene, but to my taste it looks too bland, with the tonal range suffering a bit.

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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2019, 07:06:46 am »

Great scene, but to my taste it looks too bland, with the tonal range suffering a bit.

Same for me.

Keep more shadows and contrast and it'll be good.

Thierry
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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2019, 07:36:58 am »

Same for me.

Keep more shadows and contrast and it'll be good.

Thierry

Same here too. I'd like more contrast (but it's an easy fix and keep in mind that it's only a personal preference).
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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2019, 07:51:40 am »

Great scene, but to my taste it looks too bland, with the tonal range suffering a bit.

Agreed.

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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2019, 04:25:01 pm »

Ok gentelmen......I went back to the original raw and did a quick re-processing and backed off opening the darker foreground as much as I did previously.
Kept the saturation down a little more. The foreground in the original raw is naturally flat with no real deep shadows except in the rock crevasses.

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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2019, 04:39:12 pm »

Much better.

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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2019, 04:43:15 pm »

One more for good measure.

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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2019, 05:07:21 pm »

One more for good measure.

Yes.

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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2019, 06:00:41 pm »

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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2019, 10:58:09 pm »

the 3rd image looks great.
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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2019, 02:49:16 am »

the 3rd image looks great.

Yes. Very strong, and naturalistic.

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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2019, 03:42:57 am »

Getting there!

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Re: Rays Of Light In The Southwest
« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2019, 07:02:02 am »

Yes, back on Earth. I prefer the "natural" version…
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