TO MUCH COLOR? CONTRAST? or WHAT? Whatca think??

10 years 2 weeks ago #135660 by J. Hansen


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10 years 2 weeks ago #135671 by John Landolfi
If you ask, you already klnow the answer. Seems over the top to me. If I saw this scene from the edge of the stream , I'd quickly check what meds I'd been taking.:)


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10 years 2 weeks ago #135686 by J. Hansen

Here is the original photo straight from the camera no enhancements. Better???


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10 years 2 weeks ago #135691 by Pixelchix
Better but it needs straightening. Pretty area


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10 years 2 weeks ago #135692 by J. Hansen
Straightening how?????


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10 years 2 weeks ago - 10 years 2 weeks ago #135738 by John Landolfi
I'm not sure it needs starightening- tne tree trunk in the center seems perfectly vertical. I think the problem is how you framed the shot: it looks tilted. because of the shore lines pointing the eye off to the left, and off the subject, which is not clearly defined. something you might think about when framing the image. The scene has a lot of contrast. What camera are you using? Is it set to something like "Vivid Color", or "strong contrast"? I would try to lighten the tree trunk area a bit, and slightly tone down the brightness of the water reflection, using layers with masks to apply the corrections. Generally, things are easier if you try to anticipate such problems when you look at a potential image.
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10 years 2 weeks ago #135976 by J. Hansen





I currently am using a canon SI2 PowerShot 5mp, 12 optical zoom. It is on the factory setting, used auto when I took the picture. A true P & S person!!! Did some cropping to try and get a focal point. Liked the original just cause it had so much going on. The phrase to much of a good thing kind of fits I guess. Don't know if what I did made any difference but here they are. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!!


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10 years 2 weeks ago #135986 by John Landolfi
All good tries, no1 perhaps themost successful. The trees leaning over the water make an interesting subject, but you haven't captured enough to make an interesting image. The angled water eflection would still be a problem. I'm not sure I know enough about your camera to offer useful advice, but I would avoid using Auto mode. You need to think of contrast and Depth of Field when you shoot, and that means you have to start making some settings choices. Start by choosing Aperture Priority,and a particular shot you find interesting. Experiment with various apertures to get a feel for depth of field in that shot. Note the aperture that gives you the result you want, and note the shutter speed the camera selected for it. Then switch to manual, and see what effect changing the shutter speed alone will have on the image (eg, under exposing will give more contrast and more saturated colors, but may produce some movement blurring). At the very least, try some of the pre-programmed scene modes available, to get a feel of greater contrl of your image. Keep shooting, and keep posting!:)


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10 years 2 weeks ago #136020 by Pixelchix
You are right John. It fooled my eye. I really like your redo on the second set. I want to go fishing there!:)


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10 years 2 weeks ago #136021 by John Landolfi

Pixelchix wrote: You are right John. It fooled my eye. I really like your redo on the second set. I want to go fishing there!:)


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10 years 2 weeks ago #136024 by Baydream
Good job, folks. Just checked the forum and saw this one. The photo has a very broad variety of areas with different light values - a tough capture. To get the most, a post processor with layers and a lot of work will be needed.
Good eye for a beautiful scene though.

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10 years 2 weeks ago #136128 by J. Hansen
Well poop! I guess this means I have to really learn some stuff about my camera and how to use it well. No more skating along hoping that the picture will turn out with out any effort on my part!! I like this site it makes me think about what I am shooting and how to make it better and their are lots of brains to pick for advice!! Thanks for helping!!!


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