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01-05-2016, 08:16 PM - 1 Like   #31
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Now for some fun - Here are three of my test photos enhanced just a little and it is not an HDR photo enhancing. The contrast is so good on the Pentax 20-40mm Lens that I do not need to do HDR enhancing.

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01-05-2016, 11:12 PM   #32
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Very nice images. The enhancement was needed but I think you could wind it back just a tad. Perhaps reduce the saturation a little? Otherwise awesome - I like #1 - can you try a slight crop and take off a little of the left side leaving the stranded tree in the middle of the image?
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I agree - a small reduction in saturation or vibrance (primarily in the green) and you're there. They look very good indeed.

EDIT: I hope you don't mind, but I downloaded your original of #1 and did some quick adjustments in Lightroom: Whites (-5), Clarity (+12), Vibrance (+10), Tone Curve / Shadows (-5), Luminance (Yellow: -31, Green: -44, Blue: -11), Rotate (+1.6 to the right). Then a slight Crop to the left and bottom, and Spot Removal to get rid of the piece of white litter and what looked like a birds nest in one of the trees...

EDIT 2: In hindsight, I might have overdone the rotation a little... +1.1 looks a bit better, but I won't post it again This, as you say, is all fun. You can go mad tweaking an image!
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No, I couldn't resist Here's one more quick edit. Settings as above, but I tweaked Luminance and Saturation of Blue to -27 and +11 respectively, Rotate +1.1, then cropped to a different aspect. Just an interpretation though, it's no better than your original - merely a different take on it In fact, what it gains by emphasising the length of the bridge, it loses by chopping away some of the wonderful cloud reflections in the water...

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I agree - a small reduction in saturation or vibrance (primarily in the green) and you're there. They look very good indeed.

EDIT: I hope you don't mind, but I downloaded your original of #1 and did some quick adjustments in Lightroom: Whites (-5), Clarity (+12), Vibrance (+10), Tone Curve / Shadows (-5), Luminance (Yellow: -31, Green: -44, Blue: -11), Rotate (+1.6 to the right). Then a slight Crop to the left and bottom, and Spot Removal to get rid of the piece of white litter and what looked like a birds nest in one of the trees...

EDIT 2: In hindsight, I might have overdone the rotation a little... +1.1 looks a bit better, but I won't post it again This, as you say, is all fun. You can go mad tweaking an image!
Cool!

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No, I couldn't resist Here's one more quick edit. Settings as above, but I tweaked Luminance and Saturation of Blue to -27 and +11 respectively, Rotate +1.1, then cropped to a different aspect. Just an interpretation though, it's no better than your original - merely a different take on it In fact, what it gains by emphasising the length of the bridge, it loses by chopping away some of the wonderful cloud reflections in the water...
Like it!
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Keep in mind when people criticize you use of colour and saturation, that there are people who make real good money selling those types of images. The fact that a few folks here don't appreciate that style doesn't make it less desirable. So even if you do decide to scale things back a bit, work to keep detail, but don't bail on your vision.

I'm always amused by those claiming this or that is overdone or whatever. My advice to those making that type of comment, is "do a gallery tour sometime, see what people are getting for those images." I'm kind of jealous of those that work to the "overdone " standard. There are a lot of consumers who appreciate their work. A lot of them own their own galleries...what's not to like about that?
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Keep in mind when people criticize you use of colour and saturation, that there are people who make real good money selling those types of images. The fact that a few folks here don't appreciate that style doesn't make it less desirable. So even if you do decide to scale things back a bit, work to keep detail, but don't bail on your vision.

I'm always amused by those claiming this or that is overdone or whatever. My advice to those making that type of comment, is "do a gallery tour sometime, see what people are getting for those images." I'm kind of jealous of those that work to the "overdone " standard. There are a lot of consumers who appreciate their work. A lot of them own their own galleries...what's not to like about that?
@mhsp - I agree with Norm, and I certainly my comments didn't come across as criticism - they weren't intended that way. As I mentioned in my last post, my edit was just a personal interpretation & preference based on your original image; not a suggestion that my version is better in any way
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Keep in mind when people criticize you use of colour and saturation, that there are people who make real good money selling those types of images. The fact that a few folks here don't appreciate that style doesn't make it less desirable. So even if you do decide to scale things back a bit, work to keep detail, but don't bail on your vision.

I'm always amused by those claiming this or that is overdone or whatever. My advice to those making that type of comment, is "do a gallery tour sometime, see what people are getting for those images." I'm kind of jealous of those that work to the "overdone " standard. There are a lot of consumers who appreciate their work. A lot of them own their own galleries...what's not to like about that?
I will always be true to what looks good to me and at the same time consider what others say. Sometimes what is said opens a door for me and if it doesn't I am glad to have had the opportunity to consider another view. Thanks normhead

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@mhsp - I agree with Norm, and I certainly my comments didn't come across as criticism - they weren't intended that way. As I mentioned in my last post, my edit was just a personal interpretation & preference based on your original image; not a suggestion that my version is better in any way
No worry BigMackCam, I like to consider the views and ideas of others as I compare them to my own and I always learn something even if it is to continue as I have been or change, either way it is a win, win situation.

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Keep in mind when people criticize you use of colour and saturation, that there are people who make real good money selling those types of images. The fact that a few folks here don't appreciate that style doesn't make it less desirable. So even if you do decide to scale things back a bit, work to keep detail, but don't bail on your vision.

I'm always amused by those claiming this or that is overdone or whatever. My advice to those making that type of comment, is "do a gallery tour sometime, see what people are getting for those images." I'm kind of jealous of those that work to the "overdone " standard. There are a lot of consumers who appreciate their work. A lot of them own their own galleries...what's not to like about that?
Sorry norm I'm a little puzzled by your comments. I think people have only provide their opinions here on the images. Nothing else. The OP can take or leave those opinions. 'Criticisms' have been constructive I would have thought and the OP has taken it that way. Well done mishap!
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Well done mishap!
Ha ha. I love it
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yeah - shocker.

DOH - love the auto correct. I admit defeat - the computer is better than me!

Sorry mhsp - you might get a bit of this.
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Well I hope everyone will understand why I am moving on from this thread. Thanks again for the help, I appreciate the effort to contribute to my better understand of this lens and camera and I hope everyone has a good new year.
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