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MDoc9523 wrote:

Inspired by all of the great B&W photos I gave it a try. Suggestions and observations are welcome

http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v73/p1705565626-4.jpg


I like it Ray, very moody. Personally, the only thing I would do is lighten up the left side of his face ever-so-lightly with the adjustment brush in LR. Other than that I wouldn't do any other thing.

This kind of image is why I shoot raw exclusively now. no matter what I mess up, I can revert to the original without any damage to the file.

I took the liberty to tweak him just to illustrate what I mean. I can take it down if you'd like.







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May 20, 2013 at 06:38 PM
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p.2872 #2 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Georg, I like your 2nd and 3rd, with the reflections.

Paul



May 20, 2013 at 06:43 PM
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p.2872 #3 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Confessions of a post processing addict. My "Ray of Light" image was NOT natural light. It was done with the new radial filter in LR5. But thanks for the kind comments.

Here's the original:


TLW_2155-3 by Leighton W, on Flickr

And the processed one once again:


Ray of Light-180/2.8 ED AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr

Curtis, is there a twelve step program for someone like me?



May 20, 2013 at 07:00 PM
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p.2872 #4 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Thank you leighton I like it a lot. Thanks for your help.
Love the style of your "new" technique




May 20, 2013 at 07:03 PM
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leighton w wrote:
I like it Ray, very moody. Personally, the only thing I would do is lighten up the left side of his face ever-so-lightly with the adjustment brush in LR. Other than that I wouldn't do any other thing.

This kind of image is why I shoot raw exclusively now. no matter what I mess up, I can revert to the original without any damage to the file.

I took the liberty to tweak him just to illustrate what I mean. I can take it down if you'd like.

The only thing I find odd about the image is the Budweiser sign behind the performer, looks almost solarized... Other than that, I like both! (I can't get my brain around using the adjustment brush in ACR, I always wait until I pull the image into PS)



May 20, 2013 at 07:08 PM
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p.2872 #6 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Thanks Kevin. Actually the sign is something I really liked about the image but I guess I should lower exposure on the part where the spotlight hits it. Thank you for the suggestion


May 20, 2013 at 07:13 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Thanks Kevin. Actually the sign is something I really liked about the image but I guess I should lower exposure on the part where the spotlight hits it. Thank you for the suggestion

How do you normally do that? Do you use the burn tool or some other way? I have in the past used an additional background layer that I have dropped the exposure down a stop or two, then use a mask to bring back the object in the photo back.



May 20, 2013 at 07:21 PM
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With lightroom you can use the brush to go over selected areas in the photo and make changes just to those selected areas. This process offers the whole host of effects. Thats what I love about lightroom. You can make all of the changes you wish and never have to use masks with layers because the original photo is never affected. By the way the brush has a built in mask that you can adjust in size.


May 20, 2013 at 07:27 PM
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p.2872 #9 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Georg, Phillippe, Ray - all really good shots. I love the "synchronicity" of this thread whereby we tend to see and then follow and build......


May 20, 2013 at 07:41 PM
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p.2872 #10 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


An 11 shot pano from the Cape Town gardens area showing, on the left, Devil's Peak, and of course Table Mountain with the beginnings of it's famed "tablecloth". The pimple on the top right is the cable car station.




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p.2872 #11 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Lovely shot peter. Looks like it's time to clean sensor though


May 20, 2013 at 07:51 PM
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Thanks Ray - your eyes are better than mine. I'll give it a blast!


May 20, 2013 at 08:21 PM
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24 shot pano - Franschoek Autumn vineyards. Probably more undetected dust bunnies.....




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May 20, 2013 at 08:22 PM
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p.2872 #14 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


leighton w wrote:
Confessions of a post processing addict. My "Ray of Light" image was NOT natural light. It was done with the new radial filter in LR5. But thanks for the kind comments.


I never use such features



May 20, 2013 at 08:23 PM
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kwoodard wrote:
The only thing I find odd about the image is the Budweiser sign behind the performer, looks almost solarized... Other than that, I like both! (I can't get my brain around using the adjustment brush in ACR, I always wait until I pull the image into PS)


I spend 95% of my image editing in ACR, and the local adjustment brush is where most of the time is spent in images that need some help. It is like I am back in the darkroom, just without the chemical smell all around me. Auto-mask is still something I haven't figured out yet - when does it work and when does it not? There's little explanation as to what it users to determine the mask, so I usually do it manually with a lot of zooming. The part I hate is that you cannot scroll around in a large image while zoomed in - only up/down with the mouse wheel - have yet to figure out how to go left right without leaving the tool and starting a new brush once I adjust the view.



May 20, 2013 at 08:27 PM
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p.2872 #16 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Thanks guys
Really great shots Leighton ,Mark ,Peter ,Philippe, Ray ,Georg, Rafael, and kevin


NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



May 20, 2013 at 08:35 PM
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p.2872 #17 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


OK, inspired. Time to take out my 180mm.



May 20, 2013 at 08:38 PM
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p.2872 #18 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Beautiful pano Peter
Ronnie you continue to amaze with the 180mm



May 20, 2013 at 08:55 PM
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p.2872 #19 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


raboof wrote:
OK, inspired. Time to take out my 180mm.


I have to look away - am saving for that 600mm and really don't need a 180ED, I think... maybe I just want a dog like that.



May 20, 2013 at 08:57 PM
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p.2872 #20 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Oosty wrote:
24 shot pano - Franschoek Autumn vineyards. Probably more undetected dust bunnies.....

Beautiful country Peter! And no, I don't see any dust in this one.



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