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Jul 17, 2013 15:55 |  #1

I've been debating myself and getting nowhere. I need some honest (and blunt!) advice. What do you all think? And, specifically, is there too much processing?

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Jul 17, 2013 15:59 |  #2

It doesn't seem to be over-processed to me. I was expecting garrish colors or HDR artifacts when I saw the title but I think you have a pleasing image.




  
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Jul 17, 2013 19:39 |  #3

Thanks, nice to know it's not bad. It looks unnatural to me. That's why I'm getting the impression there was too much processing. I had to do a LOT with the colors to get it to this point so I was having a hard time seeing it objectively. Those orange sulfer lights are a killer!


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Jul 17, 2013 19:51 |  #4

gonzogolf wrote in post #16129132 (external link)
It doesn't seem to be over-processed to me. I was expecting garrish colors or HDR artifacts when I saw the title but I think you have a pleasing image.

Same here. It looks good to me.

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Thanks, nice to know it's not bad. It looks unnatural to me. That's why I'm getting the impression there was too much processing. I had to do a LOT with the colors to get it to this point so I was having a hard time seeing it objectively. Those orange sulfer lights are a killer!

Yeah I get why you think that... A lot of nightscapes have that feel to them though since everything is lighter than how you would see it with the naked eye. But it's certainly not "overcooked"


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Jul 17, 2013 19:55 |  #5

I agree with the others: nice job, and not overcooked at all. It's not how the naked eye would see it, but night shots rarely are.


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Jul 17, 2013 20:07 |  #6

i think the tones are perfect. certainly not overcooked.


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Jul 18, 2013 10:23 |  #7

Well it there seems to be a consensus that I'm being too critical :-) Thanks for the feedback everyone.


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Jul 18, 2013 11:26 |  #8

I like it. Not over done at all. Great comp and colors.


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Jul 18, 2013 11:34 |  #9

Looks great! I'm curious about what processing you did have to do for the shot and what were the tricky bits. I'm always looking to learn some tricks/tips when it comes to processing images :)




  
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Jul 18, 2013 14:00 |  #10

Looks great. Care to share some tips with the less fortunate (talent wise) ? :) ie. What techniques did you use to make this?


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Jul 18, 2013 14:39 |  #11

Just wanted to chime in with some more praise. I really think this is nice. If anything, I wish that maybe you were 1 step closer to avoid the break/turn in the railing, but I'm just being picky, and it may not look better composed that way anyways.

For a long exposure skyline, I don't feel like it's over-processed whatsoever. Really nice.


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Jul 18, 2013 23:32 as a reply to  @ jothdu's post |  #12

I guess the best way to describe what I did is to start with the original. Below is the image pretty much SOOC. Of course converting from RAW to jpg introduces its own edits. I edited this image completely in Lightroom 5.

Here are the steps I took:

1. Change color temp from 3350 to ~2800
2. Lower the saturation for blue (halved), orange and yellow (each about 1/4 original)
3. small increases in contrast and clarity to bring out the texture and motion of the fog
4. export to photoshop to remove star trails
5. back into LR5 and created a mask of the sky. I ramped up the blue saturation for this mask
6. Couple of more tweaks to remove even more yellow and orange

That's pretty much it


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Jul 19, 2013 12:33 |  #13

Thanks for sharing :)


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Jul 20, 2013 16:56 |  #14

I'd hang the PP'ed image on my wall. Very well done IMO


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Jul 20, 2013 22:06 |  #15

I see where you feel the image is over cooked with the original made available. But night photography is about accentuating less obvious elements and lessening the impact of of the obvious that does nothing according to your vision of the shot.

You processing seems perfect to me. I agree with mannetti21.


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