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Oct 17, 2018 11:51 |  #2266

Merged in LR, then still in LR played around with some gradient layers and cropped. Used a multiply layer in PS to pop the sky a bit more. And then a big crop on the foreground - the sky was my favourite bit and I couldn't stop the foreground competing with it.


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Oct 17, 2018 13:16 |  #2267

Merged in Photoshop ACR editor, add grad ND filter to the sky in ACR and adjust white balance. Apply Topaz Simplify filter. Add hot air balloon for a bit of interest and a few sun flares. Crop to 16 x 9 landscape.


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Oct 17, 2018 15:29 |  #2268

navydoc wrote in post #18730838 (external link)
Merged in Photoshop ACR editor, add grad ND filter to the sky in ACR and adjust white balance. Apply Topaz Simplify filter. Add hot air balloon for a bit of interest and a few sun flares. Crop to 16 x 9 landscape.

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What program do you use for sun flares? Paintshop pro only does rays???


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Oct 17, 2018 17:56 |  #2269

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What program do you use for sun flares? Paintshop pro only does rays???

I suppose mine are called 'rays' as well. I add a new layer at the top of my image and fill with black. Then I open that using Alien Skin Exposure and apply one of the "Light Effects" to the black layer. After that is saved as a layer back in PS, I change the blend mode to 'screen' to hide the black. Of course, I also select a portion of the clouds, etc to place above the light effect and adjust size, rotation, etc. as necessary.

Here's what the chosen light effect looks like on the black layer in Exposure.


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Oct 17, 2018 18:55 as a reply to  @ Chet's post |  #2270

You can download free brushes for paintshop pro or photoshop. Just google what your looking for (sun beam brush for paintshop pro, etc.). Then just import into your app. I looked real quick and found these sun ray brushes on deviant art. https://www.deviantart​.com …ro-Beam-Brushes-281376013 (external link)




  
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Oct 21, 2018 03:12 |  #2271

Merged and tweaked(slightly) in Affinity Photo.


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Oct 22, 2018 05:34 |  #2272

Crunch time guys and gals, thanks for the excellent response
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I set a trap for everyone this week by presenting you with a bracketed set. The +2EV image was definitely superfluous and, IMO, only the -2EV image was required. It was obviously a stormy sunset. The tree on the right hand headland was silhouetted by a red sun behind it - yet many of you lost the red colour completely.

Here are my jottings:

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HDRMerge > some Haze Removal and Ektachrome 100 sim in RawTherapee-5.4-dehaze
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Wierd colours in the sky. Foreground looks as it was about an hour before I made my shots.

Benitoite wrote in post #18729502 (external link)
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Similar :-(

cfdesigns wrote in post #18729783 (external link)
Processed in photoshop using acr filter, curve adjustments and masks.
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Used acr to merge photos and came up with this one.
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Both pleasing and near to what I remember.

Jethr0 wrote in post #18730157 (external link)
picked the darkest one...did a crop and straighten, fiddled with the tone sliders, added a wee bit of curve, selective sharpening, and profile correction.

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You were right to pick the darkest image for processing. I like this one but the foreground is just a bit too dark.

Jethr0 wrote in post #18730163 (external link)
Another swing at it....

Merged the 3 files with Lightroom Classic (just downloaded the new version of Classic 2019).
Cropped same as other one I did.
Fiddled with the tone Adobe did, selective sharpening, adding some clarity and dehaze, profile correction, added a grad filter on the bigger mass of clouds to enhance moodiness.
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As ever, LR did a good job of merging. The foreground looks fine but the island and sky look washed out.

Chet wrote in post #18730213 (external link)
This is only my 2nd try at blending exposures so excuse the crudeness for what it is. :oops:

Blended 3 exposures in Paintshop Pro. Brought into LR CC and adjusted shadow and black, added gradient to sky. Brought into NIK and used summer glow, tonal contrast and a gradient. Brought back in LR and brought contrast down and saved 1200 on long side.

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Foreground okay but the colours in the sky look strangely pink

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Same as above but added tacky overlay border and saved to Smugmug to see if the quality is better.

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Same odd pink in the sky.

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Processed in the SNS-HDR Pro.
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Very similar to my own rendering :-)

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On the middle exposure(file #1568) I did some ACR adjustments and leveled, In CS6 I used several layers!

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A look at the layers:

Wow! I like this one. It's over the top, love what you have done to the foreground foliage.

Chet wrote in post #18730728 (external link)
Did the hdr in LR. Added gradient to sky, colorized water. Tweaked shadows and highlights. Slight vignette. Added birds in Paintshop Pro.

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Too pale, no sunset reds. Birds scale too big.

daisan wrote in post #18730794 (external link)
Merged in LR, then still in LR played around with some gradient layers and cropped. Used a multiply layer in PS to pop the sky a bit more. And then a big crop on the foreground - the sky was my favourite bit and I couldn't stop the foreground competing with it.

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A very effective crop. Good sunset colour and I like the emphasis given to the little islands.

navydoc wrote in post #18730838 (external link)
Merged in Photoshop ACR editor, add grad ND filter to the sky in ACR and adjust white balance. Apply Topaz Simplify filter. Add hot air balloon for a bit of interest and a few sun flares. Crop to 16 x 9 landscape.

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I admire the technique but the mid-orange colour in the sky looks wrong. It was a red sunset.

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Merged and tweaked(slightly) in Affinity Photo.

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Far too pale. It was a sunset!!

The winner this week is daisan (Duncan Kerridge)

In second place Jethr0 (First image)

Well done!

Over to you Duncan


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Oct 22, 2018 09:01 as a reply to  @ Stiga's post |  #2273

Excellent review Martin, I enjoyed reading it and it was a fun "trap"! :-P

Congrats Duncan!


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Oct 22, 2018 09:09 as a reply to  @ -Douglas-'s post |  #2274

Thank you, Douglas. I enjoyed the experience.


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Oct 22, 2018 15:45 |  #2275

I’m glad you liked the crop! Always a bit of a worry when you cut away half of someone’s shot.

I’ll post a shot up for you tomorrow.


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Oct 23, 2018 05:12 |  #2276

Before and After - The Weekly Editing Challenge, 23rd October 2018


...now compiled into a single, easy to locate thread, that can be added to your subscribe/follow list!

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Download the image file from the current week

Contestants will have 7 days to edit the image and post their edited version to the thread (As many entries as you like)

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The winner will copy & paste this post and include a new downloadable image link


The new image must be unedited / SOOC (straight out of camera), full-resolution, and in a RAW format, ie. CR2, DNG, TIF, etc (Dropbox works well for uploading and linking these large files) The purpose of this game is to be creative and learn new editing techniques. You must give some insight into exactly how you went about editing the image. For example, increased shadows sliders, reduced highlights, local sharpening, white balance adjustment, specific filters used, tone curve adjustments, etc. Comments and/or questions regarding the edits are encouraged.


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Oct 24, 2018 09:52 |  #2277

In ACR, lots of spot removal, lower contrast and exposure, increased clarity. In CS6, added a film stock-50 3d lut. and a mild paint filter at 60% opacity, crop.


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Oct 24, 2018 10:15 |  #2278

Filmulator > RawTherapee >McGimp


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Oct 24, 2018 12:11 |  #2279

Removed sky because of so much sensor dust, removed foreground elements that were distracting Lr+ Ps


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Oct 25, 2018 18:13 |  #2280

2nd attempt Used original sky, cleaned up all the dust spots, removed all distracting objects in foreground, created a misty morning sunrise glow on the coast Lr + Ps


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