Over processed?

Discussion in 'Canon Forum' started by elsie350, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. elsie350

    elsie350 SC Regular

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    Apr 7, 2012
    Took this picture recently and interested to hear if people think it's over processed and in your opinion when does a picture go beyond bold to over the top?
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
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    Luke
    looks natural to me
     
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  3. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    It's posted quite small but looks quite normal to me too !
     
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  4. Brian

    Brian SC Top Veteran

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    Looks fine- maybe post the original so we can see what your concern is?
     
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  5. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

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    Chuck
    My only issue is the distracting lights in the building in the background; draws my attention away from the flags. But I don't see excessive processing.
     
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  6. elsie350

    elsie350 SC Regular

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    Apr 7, 2012
    Many thanks for the feedback, my daughter thought it was too much saturation but curious - is there a way I could dim or remove the lights?
    Re posted a larger image hopefully :)
     

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  7. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
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    It doesn't strike me as unnatural - perhaps it has more "pop" than the scene had in real life, but we can't judge that since we weren't there.

    That is something I've been thinking about recently though: even if my processing doesn't make scenes unnatural, I do find myself regularly adding more "pop" to the photo than the scene had in real life. Recently I started wondering if the additional "pop" is making the photos better, or just more conforming with the current trends, and what would the consequences of no longer adding extra "pop" be for my photos' ability to keep the viewer interested and to bring my message or story across.
     
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  8. elsie350

    elsie350 SC Regular

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    Apr 7, 2012
    That's a good point, I'm careful not to oversharpen etc but always tweak the levels and curves as part of my standard post production. Personally I like it but it's only now that I thought it may be too much. I wonder if the straight out of the camera images would be well received? Maybe in terms of relevance or composition but would they lack impact to grab initial attention?
     
  9. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
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    It looks perfectly fine to me, but it is small. Do you have this on your Flickr stream because if you do - why not link directly using the html code? That way we could all enjoy the flags and your photo in their full glory.

    P.S. I'm sorry that I don't know what camera you're using or if you've used jpegs or enhanced the RAW file? I think we'd need to see it in a much larger version to really comment on it in detail with regard to sharpening, etc.
     
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  10. elsie350

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  11. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
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    Looks okay to me, a bit punchy but fine. Shame about the lights behind, but you work with what you've got!
     
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  12. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    It looks like at most if you did do something you dialed in the contrast and sharpness but nothing at all seems unnatural. At what point does one draw the line and no longer consider a photo to be a photo? At the point where you know you have changed so much that you are now asking yourself that question I suppose. Also adding and removing elements, superimposing, inverting color etc.. that is more photographic-art. Either way if you are happy with the results of what you are doing then keep on doing it.
     
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  13. BBW

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    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
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    The photo looks good to me and does not seem over processed at all on my MacBook Pro's monitor. I see that one light from within is kind of like a ball of fire...but I am not sure if you could have done anything about that. It's hard to say but it appears that the white balance is reflecting the interior lighting...which is also fine. So much of this is subjective, don't you think? Looks very good to me!

    By the way, I really like that interior shot of the mural in your photostream what a cool bookstore that appears to be!
     
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  14. elsie350

    elsie350 SC Regular

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    Apr 7, 2012
    Thanks for the feedback and comments, I guess like everything in life we all have individual likes and dislikes but I take from the positive response from everyone that this picture is well received and have a better idea for future processing.

    The bookstore in my photo steam is Water stones in Gloucester, I really enjoy a coffee and read of the photography books there.

    Best wishes to all

    Kev