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Jul 21, 2013 14:12 |  #1

Any CC will be appreciated. The sky seems blown out and I wasnt able to better it with any atempt that I tried. What do you think? I'm open to hear anything you have to offer Thanks in advance.

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Jul 21, 2013 14:39 |  #2

Very nice subject and composition. Where were you standing/flying? It looks back lit. Could you get to the other side in order to get full sun? That would help with the sky.

For a full daylight shot, ISO 400 is a little high. Any reason you used f/8.0? See how you feel about a little more contrast. That comes down to personal taste, however. Lots of folks are picky about the sky being blown out. I don't usually see this as a problem unless the sky is the subject. Truth to tell, if I see a glorious blue sky with puffy white clouds I think it can make the shot too busy and distract from the subject.

It's great shot. Print it big and put it on a wall.


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Jul 21, 2013 19:02 |  #3

Did you shot this RAW? If you did, You adjust the sky and also bring some pop onto the castle and foreground


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Jul 21, 2013 21:28 as a reply to  @ pelooyen's post |  #4

Yeah, I shot it RAW but I didn't have any success toning down the sky




  
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Jul 21, 2013 21:54 |  #5

Nice composition (and subject... :) ) - yes, the sky is a bit bright and would think that in reducing the highlights you might get some definition in. Anlther option is to use the GND filter in ACR or "paint" the sky down with the adjustment brush. Then a bit more contrast in the scene and you got a brilliant shot.


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Jul 21, 2013 22:00 |  #6

I gave it a try with ACR on the jpg file - but as you haven't switched on "image editing OK" I cannot show you the result.


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Jul 21, 2013 22:57 as a reply to  @ vk2gwk's post |  #7

Image editing corrected, sorry




  
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Jul 22, 2013 00:19 |  #8

This is what I managed on the JPG - you can do better on RAW. I "painted" the sky with the adjustment brush - exposure 3/4 stop down, did an over all reduction on the highlights about halfway the slide, boosted the shadows with 25% - added some "Blacks" (minimal) and pushed the whites also minimal - Gave it over all more contrast and finally added +5 on saturation. (and I did not delete the dust mark in the clouds - upper centre left... :) )


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Jul 22, 2013 00:33 |  #9

Here is my tweak - added a gradient overlay with contrast, as well as some level and saturation adjustments


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Jul 22, 2013 07:52 |  #10

Selected the castle, and then inverted. Pulled down the blues and cyan's. Next did some dodging and burning and finished off with some selective sharpening...


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Jul 22, 2013 09:39 |  #11

nice shot. you can try using a faux polarizing filter technique in lightroom to help with the sky. increase blue saturation, decrease luminance. You can also try a graduated filter to help with the exposure.


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Jul 22, 2013 11:51 as a reply to  @ drumsfield's post |  #12

I like how the land fades away towards the horizon so I didn't want to strengthen the sky too much. I concentrated on opening the shadows of the trees and colors of the castle. I used CS6 for my edit.


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Jul 28, 2013 14:15 as a reply to  @ navydoc's post |  #13

in lightroom process the shot first for high lights and then for shadows . then take the two
processed images in photoshop and use masking to get the sky of one image and foreground of the second image.
the edit is on compressed jepg file so it looks weird . if you do it on raw file it would look natural .Details in high lights
in this particular case appears to be recoverable. only suggestion is if you want good high quality shots. get
a tripod and cable release and exposer bracket the shots . use low iso of 100.


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