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Discussion in 'Photography, Art & Design' started by lcdguy, 7 Apr 2008.

  1. lcdguy

    lcdguy Active Member

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    The other day i took this shot from my balcony. Unfortunately my building blocks the sun so i am only getting the reflected light off the clouds. But here it is.

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    Post processing done was some tweaks to the saturation and obviously cropping all done in paint.net.

    Exif Data

    Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    Shutter Speed: 1/200 Sec
    Lens Aperture: F/8
    Focal Length: 68mm
    ISO Speed: ISO-100
     
  2. Smilodon

    Smilodon The Antagonist

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    Beautiful picture! :thumb:

    Not quite sure i I like the houses in the front, though. Maybe you cold cut them away, or simply paint them black?

    (Just a suggestion. I have no idea what I'm talking about ;) )
     
  3. lcdguy

    lcdguy Active Member

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    Something like this then ?

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    Thanks for the comments.
     
  4. Da Dego

    Da Dego Brett Thomas

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    I quite like the crop...it helps. :)
     
  5. tk421

    tk421 Idiot.

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    hrmm ... better.

    i would have left like 10% more at the bottom and gradient to black ... would have given it a more substantial base and left another layer of treetops ...
     
  6. lcdguy

    lcdguy Active Member

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    I will try doing the recrop but i am not sue if i can do the black gradient thing as i don't have photoshop. But if you know of a way to do it in paint.net i am all ears.
     
  7. OleJ

    OleJ Me!

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    How about trying out the gimp or some other free image editor?
    Anywho: Nice picture. Much prefer it uncropped as I think the foreground matters a lot in the composition. Perhaps you could lighten the foreground a bit or otherwise try the dark gradient as mentioned but having the dark to weigh in the bottom is crucial for composition imho.
     
  8. lcdguy

    lcdguy Active Member

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    looks like i am being forced to isntall my copy of PSE 3.0 :D ah well.
     
  9. Ben

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    Can you burn/dodge in paint.net?

    If so you could burn in the building and a bit of the snow and get something like this (hope you dont mind):
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  10. lcdguy

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    not a problem, and no paint.net has no burna dn dodge feature but PSE 3 does and i own a copy of that i just don't like installing it.
     
  11. lcdguy

    lcdguy Active Member

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    Ok so i installed photoshop elements 3 which has dodge and burn as well as gradients. I have never used these tools before so here is the results.

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    Also we had an amazing sunset so i snapped some pics here they are. Let me know what you think. I think they are pretty but that's just me.

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    Let me know what you think. If anyone wants these cropped version in their full size i have copies i could put up for download.
     
  12. Smilodon

    Smilodon The Antagonist

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    I really like the first and the last ones. :)

    The third one have a nice effect with the sun, but I'm unsure if I like it or not.
     
  13. FragileSocks

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    I agree, the last one is one of the best.
     
  14. tk421

    tk421 Idiot.

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    oooooo

    can i get a copy of the last one @ 2560x1024? need a new wallpaper for work :)

    as for the original - like the saturation on the sky, however i think you might have over-done the foreground a bit ... i was thinking a bit more along the lines of Ben's take on it. you need the sky AND the foreground to be interesting to create the dramatic contrast.
     
  15. lcdguy

    lcdguy Active Member

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    Last edited: 8 Apr 2008
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    tk421 Idiot.

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    danke :)
     
  17. OleJ

    OleJ Me!

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    the first and last ones of the 2nd crop are very good candidates. :thumb:
     
  18. CraZy

    CraZy Cöstom úser tætel

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    I really like the 1 crop, good stuff :)
     
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