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How do I get "luminous"?

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Jock Elliott, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Oakwood Cemetery, late in the afternoon, slanting light, some of the yellow leaves were positively glowing like they were lit from within, but the results I got were flat.
    LX100 Oakwood luminous leaves sunset 031.JPG

    LX100 Oakwood luminous leaves sunset 015.JPG
    LX100 Oakwood luminous leaves sunset 012.JPG
    So how do I get those leaves to pop? Feel free to play with any of the images and to show your own that show "luminous."

    Or do I need a camera with super-colossal dynamic range?

    cheers, Jock
     
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  2. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Let's see if these work a little better.

    LX100 Oakwood luminous leaves sunset 031-002.JPG
    LX100 Oakwood luminous leaves sunset 012-002.JPG
    LX100 Oakwood luminous leaves sunset 015-002.JPG
    Cheers, Jock
     
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  3. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    How about this one - CEP process
    LX100 Oakwood luminous leaves sunset 031.JPG
     
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  4. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
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  5. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Martin,

    Very nice.

    What's CEP?

    Cheers, Jock
     
  6. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Kyle,

    I do like them. What's the recipe?

    Cheers, Jock
     
  7. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    I opened them in Polarr, version 3, specifically. It's a free web-based editor, if you're not familiar with it. So then for the first image I...

    - Drew a radial filter in an oblong half-circle that was widest up top, and which narrowed down to the base of the two trees closest to us. Within it, I heavily lifted shadows, slightly dropped highlights, warmed the white balance a bit, upped saturation a little but not much.
    - Drew another similar radial filter, but reversed this one so it affected the area outside the circle. With this one, I dropped shadows, dropped - exposure slightly, and cooled the white balance towards blue a bit.
    - Drew another radial, this time a smaller circle right on the sun, about as wide as the two big trees. This one I cranked up exposure a little further, warmed it even more, and upped shadows as well slightly. The point here was to blow out the highlights a little, but not obliterate it.
    - Graduated filter at bottom left to slightly drop the exposure there a bit farther than the sides, but still not beyond the point of believability.
    - Global edits were a tiny bit of vibrance, maybe some clarity, not much really. Most was handled by the radials.

    The overall idea was to make contrasting areas within the image. To draw the eye to certain parts, and away from others. Thus, the lit leaves and the sun itself were brought up and warmed, while the supporting shadows were dropped and cooled.
     
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  8. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    I massaged these with DXO, not as extreme as my first attempt.

    LX100 Oakwood luminous leaves sunset 031_DxO.
    LX100 Oakwood luminous leaves sunset 012_DxO.
    LX100 Oakwood luminous leaves sunset 015_DxO.
    What I really love is that there are so many approaches, and they all improved the original.

    Thanks, everyone!

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  9. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

    822
    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    Color Efex Pro (one of Google's Nik Software suite)