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Dancing waters at Belagio in Las Vegas. How to balance night light with brightness of water shots? Wide angle and how to deal with buildings without a tilt lens?





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Oct 18, 2012 at 06:02 PM
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p.1 #2 · Dark with bright


Key point @ buildings is to not tilt the camera, keeping the film/sensor plane vertical. But, some WA/UWA lense simply impart distortion even if the plane is kept vertical.

This is of course where a Shift lens is very helpful to get the composition you want without needing to tilt the camera. Contrary to nomenclature and popular perception, tilt functions don't really help prevent tilt in your lines, they are more for (sacrificially) controlling the dof of the scene relative to the focal plane. But whether using tilt, shift or neither ... keeping the film/sensor plane vertical as much as possible is key.



Oct 18, 2012 at 06:16 PM
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p.1 #3 · Dark with bright


As is, there is not enough going on the water to carry the bottom of the image. Options included bumping the luminosity and saturation of the reflected colors or cropping away 30-50% beneath the fountain on the left.
As Kent was discussing, there is considerable lens distortion, but you could correct that in LR or PS.
Scott



Oct 18, 2012 at 11:08 PM
 

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p.1 #4 · Dark with bright


Thanks for the suggestion. Is this along the lines of what you suggested?

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Oct 19, 2012 at 08:29 AM
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p.1 #5 · Dark with bright


Took a stab at it.

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Transform>Skew to straighten
WB was pretty good ... no changes
crop
highlights adjust
USM midcontrast boost
USM sharpen details
exposure gamma tweak
contrast tweak









Oct 19, 2012 at 01:13 PM
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p.1 #6 · Dark with bright


Kent has given you good instruction for capturing the image. Processing wise I pulled in the highlights using luminosity masks, boosted saturation and did a little straightening using the warp tool in PS. I might consider cropping a little off the bottom. I would suggest you try to leave a little more on top as the left corner of the building feels a little tight.







Oct 25, 2012 at 03:02 AM





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