Thoughts on post processing

1 month 3 days ago #655389 by Vancopime
Just upgraded to Lightroom and still learning. What do you think of this simpleton's post processing?


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1 month 2 days ago #655465 by KCook
Very stylish. Style is always a personal thing, you will be your most demanding critic.

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1 month 2 days ago #655466 by Jared-Weaver
I'd say your 2nd image is the strongest overall. But let's go over all three, here's what I'm noticing:

Overall your images are quite dark in the foreground. Either add a radial filter or use the shadows slider. A little bit on the dehaze slider would also draw out more detail in the background. 

I like your 3rd image as well but the foreground is overpowering the bridge in the background. Cropping would help balance the image more between the striking rocks and the bridge. 

This is Twin Falls for sure. That's the Perrine Memorial Bridge! Are you a local or passing through? I'm in Meridian. 


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1 month 1 day ago #655517 by Vancopime
Thanks for the critique, I'll make some adjustments. I am from Twin Falls area originally but was just visiting family at the time. I have a sunrise image of the Perrine as well, it looks more stylized than it actually is, taken at early sunrise with a longer shutter speed without wind. I'm pretty happy how it turned out!


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1 month 1 day ago #655616 by KCook

Vancopime wrote: Thanks for the critique, I'll make some adjustments. I am from Twin Falls area originally but was just visiting family at the time. I have a sunrise image of the Perrine as well, it looks more stylized than it actually is, taken at early sunrise with a longer shutter speed without wind. I'm pretty happy how it turned out!

Now that one is just plain dark!

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1 month 20 hours ago #655634 by Vancopime
I disagree Kelly. To say it is just plain dark is wrong and the histogram proves it. In fact the image is much brighter than the ambient light in which it was taken. 


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1 month 19 hours ago #655642 by garyrhook
You may, of course, disagree all you wish. But that doesn't make Kelly incorrect.

Your histogram supports the premise that the image is dark, as most of the data is blow the mid-point. However, I would characterize it as flat, lacking contrast and vibrancy. It definitely needs work to bring it to life.

N.B. "dark" isn't a bad thing. But there are elements that make a good image which are lacking here.

I'll add here that of the 3 initial images, the 2nd one has the strongest composition, but it's also the most flat. And therefore, less eye-catching. The sky in the third is nice, but the foreground, as pointed out, dominates the image to no advantage.

I think with some work both of those could be quite nice.


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1 month 17 hours ago - 1 month 17 hours ago #655646 by Vancopime
OK thanks so much for the feed back. I made a few adjustments. Perhaps my originals (meaning the RAW files) may have been a bit under exposed and I was trying to avoid an over-processed look. How do these two look?


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4 weeks 2 days ago #655809 by KCook

Vancopime wrote: OK thanks so much for the feed back. I made a few adjustments. Perhaps my originals (meaning the RAW files) may have been a bit under exposed and I was trying to avoid an over-processed look. How do these two look?

I do like these foregrounds better.  The skies are still a little flat.

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