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mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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CGrindahl wrote:
Here's a monitor breaker from the south vista point for the Golden Gate bridge. This is a three shot panorama taken with the 24 f/2.8 N.C. AI'd. Sorry Leighton... it is large in dimensions but only a bit over 300kb in size.


Very nice Curtis. Beautiful images of the bridge.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Georg, no problems with security around the bridge, though some areas are behind chain link fences. But access from all sides is very easy.

Here is a black and white conversion with Silver Efex Pro 2 of a photo taken with the 28 f/2.8 N.C. AI'd.


The 24 is a very sweet lens.



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
Georg, no problems with security around the bridge, though some areas are behind chain link fences. But access from all sides is very easy.

Here is a black and white conversion with Silver Efex Pro 2 of a photo taken with the 28 f/2.8 N.C. AI'd.


The 24 is a very sweet lens.

Great shot Curtis!

I have this exact lens on it's way. Now that the 16mm is off to Scott, I wanted a wide angle that fit my shooting style a little better and I think this will fir the bill.

–Tony



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
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kwoodard wrote:
Love it (some of the dark areas seem to have lost their detail though)! Can you share the actions you used?


I can't replicate the above

however, the action it started with was the Surface Detail action I linked to. The rest, well, I call it messing around. All I remember was I duplicated the image in various layers and worked with blending modes (harsh light, darken, etc) and did a black and white layer as overlay.

You asked for clean sky - I went back to raw and redid it "by the book" with surface detail action, with and without the sky masked, and yes, it looks better with the sky unmolested.

First, pretty much straight out of Camera Raw, just some contrast adjustments and sensor spot cleanup (the D7000 I had spit more oil than a Harley)







now with the surface detail action applied just to the plane











pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
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and one more, prcoessed in similar matter, again the 105mm f2.5 on D7000 f/11 1/160s iso 100, slightly cropped, plus, I removed a prop blade from the background to give it a cleaner composition











MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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Awsome shots Peter
Curtis love the bridge shots.
Georg I think the process is really nicely done!



raboof
Registered: Mar 04, 2011
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More architectural stuff with the 16mm f3.5













kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
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pburke wrote:
kwoodard wrote:
Love it (some of the dark areas seem to have lost their detail though)! Can you share the actions you used?


I can't replicate the above

however, the action it started with was the Surface Detail action I linked to. The rest, well, I call it messing around. All I remember was I duplicated the image in various layers and worked with blending modes (harsh light, darken, etc) and did a black and white layer as overlay.

You asked for clean sky - I went back to raw and redid it "by the book" with surface detail action, with and without the sky masked, and yes, it looks better with the sky unmolested.

First, pretty much straight out of Camera Raw, just some contrast adjustments and sensor spot cleanup (the D7000 I had spit more oil than a Harley)







now with the surface detail action applied just to the plane











My D7000 was more along the lines of a VW Bus with oil.,. Nikon eventually got it sorted with a cleaning of the extractor arm and mirror box replacement. I got lucky and it was taken care of on Nikons dime.

Love the new final image. Going to try it myself. What do you do for sharpening? I know a lot of people use varying strengths of a High Pass filter, do you? I use the Apply Image sharpening technique. A lot cleaner results, just more steps to it. If you are interested I can write it out here for everyone to try.


pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
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kwoodard wrote:Love the new final image. Going to try it myself. What do you do for sharpening? I know a lot of people use varying strengths of a High Pass filter, do you? I use the Apply Image sharpening technique. A lot cleaner results, just more steps to it. If you are interested I can write it out here for everyone to try.


most of the sharpening on the above image comes from the action itself - only the resized web version got a slight unsharp mask, 50%, 1 pixel radius, 10 levels, just to grab the edges that define the image. Less levels and it will sharpen stuff you don't want to sharpen, more than 10 and you won't see any effect at all.




Kry27
Registered: Oct 15, 2012
Total Posts: 172
Country: Switzerland

Thank you all, dear forumers, for the compliments concerning the bunnies. Bad luck, according to my wife, they looked way better than they tasted. (Which means: they tasted well. But not well enough. The cookie-part was a bit... flat...)



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 4619
Country: United States

Thanks, Ray and Georg
Leighton, Thanks for fixing I will try again
Scott,lovely snow on the golf course I am glad I didn't see anything like that
Curtis, I also like Nikki basking by the side of the road

Reagan



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
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pburke wrote:
kwoodard wrote:
Love it (some of the dark areas seem to have lost their detail though)! Can you share the actions you used?


I can't replicate the above

however, the action it started with was the Surface Detail action I linked to. The rest, well, I call it messing around. All I remember was I duplicated the image in various layers and worked with blending modes (harsh light, darken, etc) and did a black and white layer as overlay.

You asked for clean sky - I went back to raw and redid it "by the book" with surface detail action, with and without the sky masked, and yes, it looks better with the sky unmolested.

First, pretty much straight out of Camera Raw, just some contrast adjustments and sensor spot cleanup (the D7000 I had spit more oil than a Harley)







now with the surface detail action applied just to the plane








I know this conversion is more true to life. But I actually like the other version better. Look up Gavin Hoey, he's a great PS teacher and I like the look he get's out of his images. Your image reminds me of his.


leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
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CGrindahl wrote:
Here's a monitor breaker from the south vista point for the Golden Gate bridge. This is a three shot panorama taken with the 24 f/2.8 N.C. AI'd. Sorry Leighton... it is large in dimensions but only a bit over 300kb in size.



No need to apologize, I love it! Every time I see this bridge close up I'm reminded of what it must have taken to build this behemoth.



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 3008
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related video link: The Bay Area from stabilized aerial platform - features the bridge and other landmarks Curtis has been showing us:

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NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
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Gotta love Lake Erie effect snow! I'll never forget running out of Buffalo just ahead of one of those massive snow dumps at Thanksgiving. When we got to Boston, we found out that Buffalo had closed due to the 25 inches of snow that fell. All cleaned up by the time we made the return trip after Thanksgiving

mp356 wrote:
Curtis, you do live in a beautiful area. I am really enjoying seeing it through yours and Nikki's eyes. By contrast, this one was taken on my way to work today. With the snow, somehow it feels like it is still Aprils Fools Day. Taken with the 28 2.8 ais on the V1.






Scott


kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4682
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
Here's a monitor breaker from the south vista point for the Golden Gate bridge. This is a three shot panorama taken with the 24 f/2.8 N.C. AI'd. Sorry Leighton... it is large in dimensions but only a bit over 300kb in size.



No need to apologize, I love it! Every time I see this bridge close up I'm reminded of what it must have taken to build this behemoth.


My great uncle was part of the painting crew for the bridge. He was one of the lucky ones that got to hang by a rope to paint the underside. 😱



mike-in-ak
Registered: Jan 09, 2013
Total Posts: 223
Country: United States

pburke wrote:
kwoodard wrote:
Love it (some of the dark areas seem to have lost their detail though)! Can you share the actions you used?


I can't replicate the above

however, the action it started with was the Surface Detail action I linked to. The rest, well, I call it messing around. All I remember was I duplicated the image in various layers and worked with blending modes (harsh light, darken, etc) and did a black and white layer as overlay.

You asked for clean sky - I went back to raw and redid it "by the book" with surface detail action, with and without the sky masked, and yes, it looks better with the sky unmolested.

First, pretty much straight out of Camera Raw, just some contrast adjustments and sensor spot cleanup (the D7000 I had spit more oil than a Harley)



Harley resolved their oil "issues" over 10 years ago, where have you been?



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
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Sorry 'bout the snow but that's a lovely image, Scott!



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 3008
Country: United States

mike-in-ak wrote:
pburke wrote: .

First, pretty much straight out of Camera Raw, just some contrast adjustments and sensor spot cleanup (the D7000 I had spit more oil than a Harley)



Harley resolved their oil "issues" over 10 years ago, where have you been?


but aren't those all boring auto-focus Harleys?



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 4045
Country: Germany

Chuong, I really like your "architectural stuff" with the 16/3.5, especially how you've framed the curved building at the last shot.

Peter, I like the first posted version of the P38 the most (or is it "the best"). Thanks for sharing the informations about your workflow.

Curtis, the vertical shot (in B&W) of the Golden Gate is very nicely done. Good to hear that the fear-related photo-restrictions for this fantastic building are history.



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