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01/15/2006 11:41:44 AM · #1
Ok, I am finally starting to go through and process my photos. I will keep posts to this one thread like I did for my Acadia thread, and I would be grateful to anyone who would like to comment on these and give me feedback.

I did manage to get one in the recent shapes challenge, of course. But I did get many nice ones that require processing and aesthetic judgement, for which it always helps to get opinions. So here we go...

Image #1: Working Title, "Sunset on the Matterhorn"

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Is it too dark? I've played with lightening it, but on my monitor, this one still looked better to me. Let me know what you think!

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01/15/2006 12:02:37 PM · #2
Here's one other I did last night. Not sure which of these two similar shots is best. What do you think? I appreciate all critiques. Feel free to be critical.

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Oops! Just looked at EXIF data more closely, these both were sunset, not sunrises. Time to rename!

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01/15/2006 12:04:09 PM · #3
The first one is much stronger IMHO.
01/15/2006 12:48:54 PM · #4
I agree that the first image is stronger. The foreground in the second is kind of distracting. However, in the first image, the large area of seeming blackness in the center on the left side is a problem. On my monitor, I can't see any detail there. In a print, this might become a large area of plain black which would be distressing (to me) in a landscape. In a small image on a monitor, it doesn't seem as big a problem, which shows that the esthetics of images seen on the WWW are somewhat different from the "old days" of larger images in prints.

I think the same thing happened in your wonderful picture of the Crescent Bridge (Twin Bridges) which looked much better on the WWW than it did (to me) in an 8X10 print I had the opportunity to see.
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01/15/2006 12:59:08 PM · #5
Neil,

The first is much stronger of an image IMO. As far as web viewing goes, The dark areas are way blocked up, discontertingly so. It's possible there's detail in the print, but I doubt it would be sufficient. I'd be surprised if a better rendering couldn't be achieved. Also, the sunset colors on the clouds seem posterized to me, though that may be more of a web artifact than a reality.

R.
01/15/2006 01:03:11 PM · #6
Hey Neil!

I think both have their own merits.

The first one, I like it, but I also like the second one in the way the trail leads up to the mountain, and where more sky is apparent. It almost gives the viewer the imagination of what is going on then having it more in your face like photo one. So they both are great shots, and no, they aren't too dark.

Rose
01/15/2006 01:41:59 PM · #7
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I would prefer almost this much detail in the dark regions. This particular one is pushed too far (with 25 seconds of post, what could I expect?), but I like being able to see detail in the mountain and the people walking -

It's a beautiful shot.
02/24/2006 12:04:29 PM · #8
I'm going to start working on my Zermatt shots again. My goal is to process and submit at least one to DPCPrints a day. Your comments, especially on things that really need to be fixed before going to DPCPrints are much appreciated.

Here's the one I did last night:

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and here's a B&W variation of that, leaning toward a painterly side:

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I uploaded this the other day and didn't think to revive this thread at that point:

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The cumulative collection, which will grow slowly, is ** here ** That includes several I had in challenges in January:

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Constructive comments are welcome on all (including anything involving how they might print). Thanks in advance!
02/24/2006 12:25:13 PM · #9
commented to a couple.

R.
02/25/2006 12:01:55 PM · #10
Thanks for the comments. I am working on a really good, but really hard one...coming up shortly.

Meanwhile, here's one that was much easier! Let me know if this small version looks too soft. I uploaded a print file and let DPC reduce it.

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Or for that matter, if you have any comments/improvements to this, I can always retract the print approval and do it over!

Now back to the hard one!
02/25/2006 12:13:37 PM · #11
Wooow. Great. this first one looks like the scene from the Independence day:!

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02/25/2006 01:18:10 PM · #12
Thanks Duje.

Here's a fairly good version of the one I'm still working on. Comments appreciated:

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02/25/2006 05:28:20 PM · #13
Originally posted by digitalknight:

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I would prefer almost this much detail in the dark regions. This particular one is pushed too far (with 25 seconds of post, what could I expect?), but I like being able to see detail in the mountain and the people walking -

It's a beautiful shot.

Try making an HDR picture with the first pic in this thread with this one. (I'm not sure what photoshop calls it, Ulead PhotoImpact gives you the ability to take several shots at different exposures and play with ballancing the bright and dark parts.)
02/25/2006 11:05:16 PM · #14
Thanks Hank and Robert. I'll have to get back to those shots, still lots I wanted to get ready for printing.

Here's another. This one was mostly done because I was considering it as an alternate to my Free Study X shot, but I got it ready for DPC Prints here and uploaded the print size one. But before I send it for review, I'm open for comments:

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02/26/2006 08:55:49 AM · #15
Here's a black and white version of Swiss Hideway. Which do you like better? Which should I offer as a print (or both?)

This is processed more Ansel style (red filter during processing) of course. I could go with a less dramatic transfer too. Let me know what you think.

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03/31/2006 10:13:28 PM · #16
Finally found a few minutes to process a few more. Comments appreciated!

This one was taken with my S1 because I was skiing that day:

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Here's a newly processed one with my XT. This was the hardest to process, because it's one of those where you want to capture the feeling, and sometimes the normal processing takes that way (e.g., you don't necessarily want full contrast). I'm paying more attention to that now, encouraged by an article I read recently in Outdoor Photographer. Let me know what you think! (Actually, looking at this version, it looks like I copped out on the low contrast. ;)

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