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Nov 26, 2007 11:21 |  #1

I'm pretty new to the photography scene, so I've been sticking close to home. I went out yesterday and shot 30 images of this scene (a couple every 5 mins) as the sun was going down.

The weather on the weekend was pretty nice, so I didn't get any really dramatic lighting. This was the best of the bunch.

Any suggestions (besides wait for better light)?

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Nov 26, 2007 13:06 |  #2

Took a quick stab at it... basically just toned down the blueness and added a bit of contrast and saturation. Looked good to me, but who knows! lol


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Nov 26, 2007 13:19 |  #3

LeuceDeuce wrote in post #4387616 (external link)
I'm pretty new to the photography scene, so I've been sticking close to home. I went out yesterday and shot 30 images of this scene (a couple every 5 mins) as the sun was going down.

The weather on the weekend was pretty nice, so I didn't get any really dramatic lighting. This was the best of the bunch.

Any suggestions (besides wait for better light)?

Cheers!

-Deuce

No - looks to me like you did the best you could, and the buildings stand out quite nice.

nhbeast certainly got a different effect by lightening it, but I would not say that it is better than yours.

What would make sense in the future would be to create a Custom White Balance for each shot (using a standard 18% Gray Card) before you take it, and see if you can't get the color correct right at the outset.


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Nov 26, 2007 14:20 |  #4

I agree with Bob.
I feel that you captured exactly what you saw.
In the future also try a shot or two with a CPL and see what you think.


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Nov 26, 2007 14:44 as a reply to  @ dlw3's post |  #5

Thank you so much for the feedback.

I'll definately take the custom white balance next time, as well as alternate shots with the cp! The gear doesn't do anything if I don't take it out of my bag. Thank you for the reminders.

Since the shots were taken over a 40 min period, should I take a white balance every time I take a series of images (every 5 mins or so)?

As for the blue cast... that image looks as cold as my hands felt :)


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Nov 26, 2007 15:45 |  #6

LeuceDeuce wrote in post #4388712 (external link)
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Since the shots were taken over a 40 min period, should I take a white balance every time I take a series of images (every 5 mins or so)?

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Absolutely! The sun's rays will appear to change color very rapidly the closer it gets to the horizon. This is due to the fact that those rays are passing through a longer and longer path of near earth atmosphere, which generally is more and more orange. Therefore, the color temp of the scene will appear to change quite rapidly.

Also note that using a CWB may be "correct", but that does not mean that it is necessarily the best rendition aesthetically.


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Nov 26, 2007 18:33 |  #7

Keep an eye out for cloudier days too... will increase the interest factor dramatically. Cheers, Tony


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