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Sep 23, 2013 11:10 |  #1

C&C please...Time of day dictated some of the subjects/framing (no sunset/sunrise here). I'm most interested in whether these feel/look oversaturated or ok.

Spent a few hours around Newport Beach yesterday:

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Sep 23, 2013 15:45 |  #2

beautiful vibrant colors and good post processing.




  
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Sep 23, 2013 20:11 |  #3

The angle of the second photo is interesting, what were you on? a parasail or something?


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Sep 23, 2013 23:23 |  #4

Nope. Standing on the pier.

No critique so far?


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Sep 24, 2013 11:05 |  #5

Not much feedback, you guys! I'd really like to hear some.


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Sep 24, 2013 12:13 |  #6

I'd clone the guy out of 3848, but other then that I like them...




  
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Sep 24, 2013 12:14 |  #7

I was wondering if anyone was gonna point out the guy. I personally like him in there. Gives the shot a whole "man running away from the vastness of the ocean" vibe and a sense of scale. But I agree, he's not the best representation of what I wanted there.


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Sep 24, 2013 12:22 |  #8

I like #1 better than #2. In the second there really isn't a subject to focus on. The skies were kind of boring and there weren't enough people to have people on the beach. Maybe a little more clarity to kill the haze leading up to the mountains. But I like the wave shots. Agree with cloning out the dude as he just isn't that interesting in that pose.


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Sep 24, 2013 15:26 as a reply to  @ sirquack's post |  #9

I'm surprised someone hasn't said over-saturated, not because I think they are, but there is always someone who will say that unless the shot is B&W.

The level of saturation is good IMO. Seriously, scenes like that in reality are really quite saturated and you shouldn't de-saturate just because of some internet forum obsession with over-saturation.

In the first one although the sea and leaves are quite saturated, the beach is so-so and they are contrasted by the not over-saturated sky and buildings.

The others look realistic to me.

OTOH, I did just see a way over-saturated shot.


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Sep 24, 2013 16:15 |  #10

#1 is my least favorite of the bunch. I feel like it looks more like one of those souvenir shop postcards of California (not in a good way).

I'm not too concerned about whether the internet thinks I'm oversaturating or not :)
Mostly, the request for feedback is because I am new to this, and haven't yet figured out how to process my landscape shots and have been trying different things.
I don't want my landscapes to look "fake". Some people like that. I personally prefer a more realistic view, while at the same time, realizing that realistic often means a bit more flat, colorwise (Specially in midday sun). So it's an exercise in finding that right balance of adding just enough color to still be realistic, but not look as flat. I think that's where I was coming from with these photos and this request for critique. Did I overdo it? Dial it back a hair? Or is it fine.
Sounds like the consensus is that maybe I can dial it back just a hair.


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Sep 24, 2013 22:29 as a reply to  @ Puckman's post |  #11

Some definition to clouds and the hills a bit, and cropped on bottom just a tad.

I like your #1 the best, I would crop top and bottom some, and add more definition to clouds..

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Sep 25, 2013 00:12 as a reply to  @ Bianchi's post |  #12

I think if you shoot too much of the shoreline, it can look too cluttered and if you shoot towards the water too much, it can look uninteresting. You might try splitting the difference and shoot more straight down the beach with water on one side and only the more cluttered shoreline further away.

Here's a quick edit where I opened up the shadows on your second image to show more of the midtone details. I also played with the colors a little.


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Sep 25, 2013 11:08 |  #13

Thanks navydoc and bianchi for the edits. Interesting.
Mind you, i'm new to the PP game and only currently use Lightroom (no Photoshop).
I'm curious how you both went about doing what you did. Specifically the "opening up the shadows" portion navydoc mentions there. How do you bring out the midtones without overdoing the PP overall?

Same question for bianchi. What did you do to "add definition to the clouds and hills"?

Thanks.


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Sep 25, 2013 12:16 as a reply to  @ Puckman's post |  #14

If you have Lightroom 4 +, you will have a shadows and highlights slider. Just move the shadows slider to the right a bit and that will make the shadowed areas lighter. Just be careful not to overdo it because a lot of noise can be introduced into those lightened areas.

For my edits, I use CS6 which has a raw converter with the same sliders as Lightroom. I also use two of my favorite plugins, Nik Color Efex Pro 4 and Topaz.


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Sep 25, 2013 12:27 |  #15

Ah ok. So this was just some LR shadow/highlight adjustment? I do use that. I assumed you had done something different. Thanks!


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