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Discussion in 'Fuji X Forum' started by Penfan2010, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 SC Top Veteran

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    Ed
    Enjoyed a great Sunday morning hiking in Palisades State Park, right along the NJ side of the Hudson River, across from the Northern end of Manhattan. A few views of the George Washington Bridge, all with the X-100, post processed with Silver Efex Pro 2.

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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Ed, that first one is BEAUTIFUL....love it. The last one is also very nice. The 2nd one brings out my Photoshop urges. I would bend and twist that bridge until it was square or I went insane.
     
  3. Penfan2010

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    Ed
    Thanks a lot, Luke. Agree, the second one is not quite there, composition-wise. I was trying to re-create a photo I took two years ago with the "crappy" camera on my iPhone mK 1. This photo does not come close to the original.
     
  4. Crsnydertx

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    Chuck
    Re the bridge shot, I could say something about how crooked New Jersey is, but I'm going to refrain from doing that.... ;-)
     
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  5. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 SC Top Veteran

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    Ed
    :laugh1:
     
  6. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 SC Top Veteran

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    Ed
    Luke:

    Never been a big PS user but decided to try my hand at perspective correction based on your comment. Didn't see any of the lens presets for the X100 on my version of PS so just went for it---surprised that it was relatively easy to use. Not quite there yet, but I replaced image 2 with the corrected version. At least I no longer feel like the bridge tresses are falling away from me!
     
  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    :smile: I feel better already. Sometimes when I try new things, I'm frustrated by how difficult they are....and sometimes it's so easy I can;t believe I never tried it earlier. Looking much better already.
     
  8. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    I really like the shoot through the bottom of the bridge, what great geometry.
     
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  9. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    You won't get persepctive correction from a lens preset since it is not specifically a lens problem. I didn't see the original but I really like how it looks now.
     
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  10. Penfan2010

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    Ed
    Thanks, Nic. I guess I have to carve out more time to use PS for photo correction; used it ages ago to create composite images of pictures of my kids, just for fun. Some very interesting features to learn WRT post.
     
  11. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Perspective correction is interesting in that, while it is usually grouped with other lens corrections, it is not something that can be designed in or out of a lens. The exception to that are tilt/shift lenses but they still need to be set up manually for each shot (and are expensive!). I use perspective correction quite a bit since it is not always possible to shoot dead square. One thing that I note is that you've "keystoned" the bridge just slightly so that it still has a small amount of vertical distortion. IMO this a good thing to do since perfectly straight vertical edges can look unnatural to the eye.
     
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  12. NathanJ

    NathanJ SC Regular

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    Sep 18, 2012
    Really like the perspective and tones in the first shot.
     
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  13. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    +1. My favorite image just lack a little something to be awe inspiring. The foreground is distracting adding nothing to the power of the steel beams and the ingenuity of man. But I just can't put my finger on why this image isn't as strong as it could/should be. I'll think about it ... yet I do like it, maybe it's the shadows ... maybe the time of day ...

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  14. Penfan2010

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    Ed
    Thanks, Gary--it is static, and it was a bit shot on the run (impatient son wanting to get on with the morning). I would have preferred a more dramatic sky, for one, and perhaps something more interesting in the foreground. All the feedback makes me want to go back and re-shoot! Maybe I should do a "Bridges of Manhattan" series......
     
  15. Penfan2010

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    Ed
    Nic, that is really good feedback and to your last point above, I was going by "feel" more than anything else. If I had to re-do, I would probably put back just a tad more "backward leaning" distortion--to my eye it looks overly straight.