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LX100 strikes again -- sunset at Oakwood Cemetery Christmas 2014

Discussion in 'Panasonic LX100 / D-LUX (109) Forum' started by Jock Elliott, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    LX100_Oakwood_Cemetery_Christmas_2014_013_DxO_copy_Medium_.

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    LX100_Oakwood_Cemetery_Christmas_2014_054_DxO_copy_Medium_.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  2. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    nice cloud shapes, Jock... was it as blue as that, though? (thinking white balance)
     
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  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I really like that first one.....especially the crepuscular rays at back left
     
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  4. donlaw

    donlaw SC All-Pro

    Sep 14, 2012
    Texas
    Don
    Very nice, love that 2nd one.
     
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  5. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    You're the sky master Jock but had the same thought as Sue re WB.
     
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  6. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Sue,

    WB was on sunshine. "As blue as that?" Not sure . . . there were definitely blues, purples, reds -- the subtlety and range of tones was much greater than the photos deliver. Trying to take it all in, just looking at it, let alone trying to capture it, was like trying to drink from a fire hose!

    I fiddled the tone curve:

    LX100_Oakwood_Cemetery_Christmas_2014_013_DxO_copy_DxO_Medium_.

    LX100_Oakwood_Cemetery_Christmas_2014_047_DxO_copy_DxO_Medium_.

    LX100_Oakwood_Cemetery_Christmas_2014_054_DxO_copy_DxO_Medium_.

    It also points out how far I have yet to go in actually learning how to use my cameras . . .

    Cheers, Jock
     
  7. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Luke,

    Yeah, I really liked the rays too. I tried zooming in on them, then I ran into what Ray Sachs said brilliantly in another thread:

    "The sky and the clouds are HUGE and all of the peripheral darkness or whatever makes them seem that much more dramatic and there's so much that goes into making a gorgeous sunset seem so dramatic in real life. And then you take a photo that either pushes it away with a wide angle lens or draws it in with a telephoto (but only a really small PART of it) and shoves it all into a tiny little two dimensional frame. You have to try to compose what's going into that tiny frame with an eye toward the final image, but you're still doing fundamentally destructive work here. And then you pull the image up on the computer and all of that drama is GONE. So then you have to work with the information hiding in the file to make it more dramatic - to bring the impact back. The irony is you're making it far less accurate but you're doing a better job of conveying what you were experiencing visually and emotionally when you saw it. So what's more realistic - an "accurate" shot that doesn't convey the drama of what you saw and felt, or a dressed up shot that's less realistic but conveys the visual and emotional more clearly? I say Door Number 2 Monty!"

    That quote actually encouraged me, because it helped me realize the challenge that I face whenever I try to capture the grandeur of the sky. Sometimes the disparity between what I see with my eyes and what I capture with the camera makes it a kind of bittersweet process, but the fun is in the trying. And it all started yesterday because my wife said "It's a nice day, let's get the dogs out. . .

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  8. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    If you're nearsighted or have glasses that let you see good close-up, then with just a little imagination those images open up and reveal a lot of drama.
     
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  9. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Dale,

    You're right; based on your comment, I just put these images up on a 32-inch screen. I think these are images that would benefit from being printed big.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  10. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    I like the blue tones!
     
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