Niagara revisited
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Bsmooth
Registered: Mar 22, 2005
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Another image from my trip a few years ago, or should I say a 3 image set.Combined in Photomatix, but very mild tonemapping, trying to get a fairly realistic look. Then used luminosity masks and tonal adjustments using Photoshop CS6.







oldrattler
Registered: Aug 04, 2009
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Nice image... I took it into LR4 and added +30 Clarity & vibrance... In Nik Color efex Pro I added structure to the river and the highway leading into town... In CS5 I mask the trees, center left, and inhanced the fall colors with a -2 exposure, -5 gamma, the added saturation at +10... If you did not want us to rework your image please let me know and I will immediately remove... Jim



Camperjim
Registered: Oct 17, 2011
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I don't have issues with the initial processing. The image has a realistic appearance and doesn't seem to need more work. To me the issue is composition. Having the horizon line bisecting the image rarely works. I think the image would be much better with at least halfa of the sky cropped out.



sbeme
Registered: Dec 23, 2003
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I agree, it looks realistic.
Needs more of a crop to focus areas of interest.
Corrected horizon, slight adjustment for lens distortion.
Pulled back highlights, set black point.
Added slight vibrance and clarity boost.

Scott



Bsmooth
Registered: Mar 22, 2005
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Good the realism part is there, it was more the processing I was interested in, but that last version looks good.
But the fact its an HDR, and that it looks pretty realistic, is a good sign, at least for me, as you have said in the past that the images I had were flat looking. So I'm making progress.
BTW this was taken on the Canadian side, but you probably already know that anyways.



sbeme
Registered: Dec 23, 2003
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I knew it was the Canadian side. Been there several times. But where did you shoot from? Looks pretty high up.



ben egbert
Registered: Jan 31, 2005
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I liked the original as presented. Never noticed the horizon at all until it was mentioned. I would probably preserve the clouds in the original. That is probably how it looked in person.