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POTM Possible 1st POTM Entry(s)

Discussion in 'Photography, Art & Design' started by HellRazor, 13 Apr 2008.

  1. HellRazor

    HellRazor What's a Dremel?

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    Hello everyone,
    I've watched with some interest for sometime in the photo of the month contest, I think its about time I get my feet wet! I've seen so much good advice given on here, I would like any that can be supplied to me. These were taken top a hillside overlooking the City at sunrise. These were both taken on my Canon XTi using the (crappy) 18-55m lens.

    This one is untouched other than cropping in Photoshop

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    The second has the addition of a 20% heavy yellow filter, and then an additional 25% orange filter. Brightness and contrasts adjustments as well.
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  2. Smilodon

    Smilodon The Antagonist

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    I like the second one. It seems so be something strange with the glow around the sun, though.
     
  3. Da Dego

    Da Dego Brett Thomas

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    I am quite a fan of #2, I think that's a shot to be proud of. I'd like to see an unedited version to understand the flare above/around the sun, as Smilodon pointed out. That's quite distracting and it makes the sun look like a mushroom cloud from a nuclear bomb. :) If it could be fixed, it would really help the picture.

    Also, I'd try some lightening of the city-scape below, if not a touch of flat-out HDR. There's some great potential in this shot if you were shooting RAW, but a bit more post-process could help a lot.
     
  4. HellRazor

    HellRazor What's a Dremel?

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    As requested, this is the un-touched photo. Thank you for the advice, I think I'm going to continue playing with Photoshop/DxO-5. I just wish I had a different lens kit with me but overall it didn't turn out to bad.
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  5. OleJ

    OleJ Me!

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    Ooh! The unaltered version is even better! Great shot! :) I know I say this in every thread and perhaps my brain is off... but: is the horizon straight?
    The person in the foreground really makes the shot if you ask me.
     
  6. HellRazor

    HellRazor What's a Dremel?

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    Interestingly enough the camera is on a tri-pod (as level as possible on the side of the mountain). I had no one else with me, so I set the camera on a timer with the settings I wanted, focused the "area" I wanted, and ran and sat in front of it. My biggest issue with the un-edited version is there is just to much sky, but perhaps thats just me?
     
  7. Matticus

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    Now I am not much of a photographer, but I know what I like.

    I really like your photo, and I definatly do not think there is too much sky, I think because of the gradient of colours it isnt just blank spaces, it still adds to the photo.
     
  8. HellRazor

    HellRazor What's a Dremel?

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    Edited JUST for you Da Dego! Now it really looks like a Nuke just went off :duh:
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  9. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit No longer the other Brett.

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    I have to say out of the two it's the first one I prefer, though I do like both.
     
  10. Shadowed_fury

    Shadowed_fury Minimodder

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    I'm thinking the same as Yoda, both are good, but 1st is muchos better imo.
     
  11. Da Dego

    Da Dego Brett Thomas

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    Wow...I wasn't expecting the pre-processed version to be...THAT. Play with the levels a touch, maybe enhance the saturation in the blue spectrum a hair. Sharpen edges. Done.

    This is a gorgeous picture in and of itself. Leave the color filters alone, in my opinion. ;) Though I do see why the halo exists now. ;) You get a cookie if you can edit it to not have that and still do your color filters.
     
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