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A little post processing magic

Discussion in 'Panasonic LX100 / D-LUX (109) Forum' started by Jock Elliott, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    I was researching sky photography when I stumbled upon this very helpful video for dealing with cloudy sky shots:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx9705-f8AQ

    Here's the original shot:

    LX100_oakwood_dragon_gargoyle_016_Medium_.JPG

    Using his recommendations and DXO 9, I was able to get to here:

    LX100_oakwood_dragon_gargoyle_016_DxO_Medium_.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  2. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    I'm not so sure whether the video did a good job with explaining how to edit underexposed images.

    Why don't you post your RAW file on dropbox or google drive and let people in here have a go at it?
     
  3. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    I didn't shoot raw, but folks here have my permission to download the first image and have a crack at it.

    Also, I was exposing for the sky.

    Cheers, Jock
     
  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    You did a nice job bringing up the shadows in the cemetery, but I feel like the dark parts of the clouds are a little "blocked up". Or is it just my monitor?
     
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  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I just always seem to go a little too far. It's hard to know what to do when the shot is not one's own. Because I'm not sure what the shooter wanted to portray. Was it the overwhelming grayness that motivated the shot? Maybe the sadness of a cemetery and an overcast day? Or was it more of an autumnal "everything eventually dies" kinda thing? I can't know what you saw and felt Jock, so I went with my own feelings and felt that in addition to bringing back hidden details, I also wanted more contrast in the sky (which you may not want) and I also wanted to "cheat a bit" in the color department. I jacked up the saturation (which reulted in that dark blue corner of sky that I didn't notice until I loaded it up here....... I would selectively desaturate that part now so it doesn't stick out so much, but I need to head out for work soon) and then warmed up the image and gave it an autumnal glow. Again, those are very personal decisions which very likely may not reflect your original intent with the photo, but there's a fair bit of stretchability even in that jpeg to stretch it before it breaks.

    As usual, I overdid it. Which I don't realize until after I'm done. Going forward I need to "finish it" and then walk away from my computer for 10 minutes and come back and re-evaluate before I save it. I almost always push it too far.

    15888947946_62f35ff0a4_b. LX100_oakwood_dragon_gargoyle_016_Medium_ by Luke Lavin, on Flickr
     
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  6. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I like what you did. But you're right. Generally, playing with other people's work is fruitless because we are coming from a different place.

    I've overcooked mine, interestingly it was not obvious until after upload, just how overcooked it is. (and deleted the post because the more I looked at it, the more I detested my effort)
     
  7. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Luke,

    I really like that it is warmer. Thanks!

    Cheers, Jock
     
  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    FWIW Sue, I hate mine, too. But I'll leave it up as an example of "gone too far". Sometimes you need to go over the edge a few times to find out where the edge actually is. :biggrin:
     
  9. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Mine was a cliff, not an edge. LOL. In all seriousness, though, I dont thnk yours is overdone... really.
     
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  10. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    I do worry anytime I see sliders being dragged all the way to 100. It's usually a sign that something's gone wrong with the original image, or that something's about to go wrong. In this video there also seems to be a lot of double-handling happening with respect to the exposure controls i.e. change something here, only to change it back again there.
     
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