Long Hill Image
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Bsmooth
Registered: Mar 22, 2005
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

Its an old estate thats been restored, and the grounds are free to wander. Great place for flowers year round, and butterflies as well. Its only about 10 minutes away, and usually not very crowded.
Good place to practice and lose yourself for an hour or so.
One thing I keep noticing is how light the images look on my PC at work, comapred to my calibrated monitor at home, so as well as the image let me know if its too bright.







AuntiPode
Registered: Aug 05, 2008
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Country: New Zealand

Uncalibrated displays are almost always too bright to render photographs "properly". "Properly" is based upon an approximation of how an image will print.



ben egbert
Registered: Jan 31, 2005
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Country: United States

Does not look too bright on my calibrated monitor. Colors seem ok as well.



sbeme
Registered: Dec 23, 2003
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Country: United States

I agree, not too bright.
Without looking at the histogram I get an impression of relatively little depth. It may be due to the lighting, to the actual limited variation in tonal range of the greens, or to a processing issue. Sometimes when shadows are opened up in post processing the same look occurs. I would suggest some more processing to darken some of the greens selectively to try to add more depth.
Pretty place and one I should perhaps visit. I live closer to the South Shore, but this might be worth the trip.
BTW, do you get down to the Arnold Arboretum much?
Some additional beautiful landscapes but more crowded.

Scott



RustyBug
Registered: Feb 02, 2009
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Took a stab at it ... not much to really do, just some personal preferences @ S&P to taste.



sbeme
Registered: Dec 23, 2003
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Kent aka RustyBug illustrated pretty much what I had in mind.

Scott



Bsmooth
Registered: Mar 22, 2005
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Could I ask exactly what you did to get from where I was to the Rusty Bug image?



RustyBug
Registered: Feb 02, 2009
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I tried ... since it was your idea

Four main concepts in play for this one:

Sharpening
Selective Color
Selective Saturation
Selective Shadows

Sharpening for some contrast boost and some detail
Selective color to introduce some variation in the greens
Selective saturation to push/pull yellow & greens
Selective shadows to provide some depth in a few areas.

Fairly moderate, but iterative & cumulative ... S&P to taste.



ben egbert
Registered: Jan 31, 2005
Total Posts: 6831
Country: United States

Second attempt, for some reason the first was too large after I saved and processed it.

I opened this as a raw file in CS6 and did all changes there. I reduced exposure, fixed white and highlights, opened up shadows, added some contrast and vibrance.

I would usually do more in photoshop but I won't be able to beat Kents version, so I just wanted to show what ACR6 could do during raw conversion. I am more of a global corrections guy.