A Crisis of Confidence?

5 years 10 months ago #429789 by robin graves
Hello, I think I may be having some sort of crisis of confidence regarding getting photos right in camera and post processing. I have been trying to get my photos right but find myself still needing to process a bit. However, after processing I feel the pictures look "overdone" even with minimal adjustments. After looking at these photos so long, I don't know if this is a problem with my perception or if I'm just being overly doubtful. Does anybody have any tips or advice to help me out a bit?



I will add a before and after as well for reference...


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5 years 10 months ago - 5 years 10 months ago #429801 by effron
Actually I think there is a lot of room for more work in the processed copy. You seem to have shot it mid day, and sometimes there's little to be done with that kind of lighting. Try this shot near dawn or sundown...;)

Why so serious?
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5 years 10 months ago #429808 by Joslyn
:agree:   I see you are located in Italy?  There are so many old ruins there.  Can't wait to see a dawn shot from you of this.  


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5 years 10 months ago #429813 by robin graves
Thank you for your reply Effron.

What more do you think it needs? After looking at them for so long I felt the processed ones had taken on an almost yellow and hdr look...

It was around that sort of time unfortunately and I would love to be able to photograph these ruins again at some point but getting there is difficult as they are not usually open to the public at those times of day and they are in a fairly remote spot. I suppose I should find out from the curators of the sites here if there is a way to be there for those early and late shots!


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5 years 10 months ago #429814 by Roger Lang
Morning time with this shot would be amazing.  Looks like you received good advise already  ;) 


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5 years 10 months ago #429815 by robin graves
Hi Joslyn, thanks.

I am located in Mexico at the moment. It is an amazing country for photography absolutely filled with ruined cities in all kinds of settings, wildlife, ecology, it's brilliant!
Hopefully one day I will be able to get that shot for you to see but sadly I am now back in the north, about as far away as you can get from this site which is located near the border with Guatemala...


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5 years 10 months ago #429818 by effron
Take this a a nice documentation photograph. They can't all be award winners and you often have to take what is offered. Since its digital, give the sky some more work or even drop another in and practice matching it with the foreground. I'm glad you shared it, I'll bet its a great place to visit.....;)

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5 years 10 months ago #429820 by Geospiri


took the liberty to play with it ..killed highlights, shifted the histogram to correct zones then warmed it up a bit using camera raw in PS elements.. hope you don't mind, but it shows what can be done in a few minutes


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5 years 10 months ago #429821 by robin graves
Thanks again Effron, I will give that a go.

It really is and I would recommend it to anyone. It was taken at Kohunlich in Quintana Roo. There are lots of ancient sites in the area and I hope to return soon!


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5 years 10 months ago #429822 by KCook

the processed ones had taken on an almost yellow and hdr look..

I know that "HDR" feeling.  Too much DR compensation can lead to a "flat" look.  Simply dial this back until the subject starts to take on a more 3D form again.

Kelly Cook

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5 years 10 months ago #429853 by Joslyn

robin graves wrote: Hi Joslyn, thanks.

I am located in Mexico at the moment. It is an amazing country for photography absolutely filled with ruined cities in all kinds of settings, wildlife, ecology, it's brilliant!
Hopefully one day I will be able to get that shot for you to see but sadly I am now back in the north, about as far away as you can get from this site which is located near the border with Guatemala...



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5 years 10 months ago #429860 by robin graves
Ok, thanks for the advise :)


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5 years 10 months ago #429932 by Happy Snapper

Geospiri wrote:



took the liberty to play with it ..killed highlights, shifted the histogram to correct zones then warmed it up a bit using camera raw in PS elements.. hope you don't mind, but it shows what can be done in a few minutes



I think this spot has so much potential.  Personally I would love to see more details in the rocks and formation and a less blown out sky.  

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