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Nov 07, 2012 00:24 |  #1

I used Lightroom to process this image. I'm a total newbie in both photography and image editing.

Is this acceptable or not even close?

Here's straight out of camera:

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and here's the LR edit:
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Nov 07, 2012 01:55 |  #2

just level it


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Nov 07, 2012 01:56 |  #3

Look pretty acceptable to me - I like it. Not sure I see a lot of change with the edit but it didn't need much. Nice time of night for the sky, looks steady, buildings slanting a bit. Very nicely done.


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Nov 07, 2012 02:02 as a reply to  @ Titus213's post |  #4

Looks good to me...Nice cityscape.


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Nov 07, 2012 03:21 |  #5

I like it, I personally would've stuck with the darker look of the original.
The palm tree thats popping out of the left of the frame kind of bugs me, but I'm not sure how it would look if that was cloned out.

Looks good over all.


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Nov 07, 2012 10:38 |  #6

Thank you all for the C&C. Now that you've mentioned it, the buildings look kinda tilt to the right. Did I get that right? If I want to level it, should I rotate it counterclockwise?

I thought the original was a bit underexposed so I edited it. Here's what I adjusted: exposure, highlight/shadow clipping, lens correction, sharpening, clarity and lot of other things that I can't remember. I'm not even sure if I need to adjust those. I'm just a newbie going crazy with LR controls :-) The result is a bit brighter picture with more clarity (at least in my opinion). If you compare the two, the Citi (Citibank) light on top of the building (next to the tallest one) is much more readable after the edit. The original looks overexposed.




  
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Nov 07, 2012 10:41 as a reply to  @ morph2_7's post |  #7

If I see correctly, the buildings are distorted because of your perspective, tilting the camera at an angle from the ground (the buildings on the left lean towards the right and vice versa). You can't fix that with cropping, but rather with distorting in PP (in this case, vertical destortion should be used).

Someone correct me if I'm wrong.


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Nov 07, 2012 10:47 |  #8

Dr_BigHead wrote in post #15218055 (external link)
If I see correctly, the buildings are distorted because of your perspective, tilting the camera at an angle from the ground (the buildings on the left lean towards the right and vice versa). You can't fix that with cropping, but rather with distorting in PP (in this case, vertical destortion should be used).

Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

Quite correct...It's called "converging verticals" and will have to be corrected in PS or other software suited for this purpose...Simple rotations will not work.


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Nov 07, 2012 11:00 |  #9

Ok, I got it. Thanks again for your help.
I'll give it a vertical adjustment later when I'm home. Just to be sure, this LR4 control is under Lens Correction panel - Manual (Transform), right?




  
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Nov 07, 2012 11:11 as a reply to  @ morph2_7's post |  #10

Correct ;)


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Nov 07, 2012 21:39 |  #11

I corrected the vertical distortion by about -11. The palm tree on the left side (that bugs KNaph) got moved out of the frame as a result. The top of it still pops out a little and I clone that out.

Why do the buildings look like they are in V formation now? Is it my vision? I kinda like the first edit without vertical correction but I'm no expert so I don't know how they're supposed to look.

How does it look?

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Nov 07, 2012 21:57 as a reply to  @ morph2_7's post |  #12

You may have over corrected slightly...But I do think that this better...I have a lousy monitor and I don't trust it much for making these kinds of corrections, but you say that this is -11?...Maybe try -10 or -9 and see what happens.


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Nov 07, 2012 23:11 |  #13

It's actually -12. I might have unknowingly moved my mouse before releasing the button. -9 alleviates the V appearance a little but that's ok, I'm not going to redo it. I would've been ok with the original LR edit if no one mentions distortion correction.

Thanks once more for the help.




  
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Nov 07, 2012 23:34 as a reply to  @ morph2_7's post |  #14

Sure!...There's nothing wrong with the original, it looks great. Many don't bother correcting verticals anymore, even though it is very easy to do now. Leave it the way you like it, that's what's important.:)


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