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Challenge: Clouds III (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Honolulu, HI
Date: Jan 9, 2016
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 0.5
Date Uploaded: Jan 9, 2016


Woke up this morning and was greeted by a dramatic sky filled with clouds and an orange glow on the horizon. The original image is a washed out version of this shot.

I spent time in LR adjusting sliders on virtually every mode, especially the basic mode. I used selective tools to darken the city and saturate the sky.

Next, I used the dynamic tool in ON1's effects panel as it gives a crisp overall finish.

Finally, I used PS tools for selective adjustments to the clouds, lightening some of them and darkening others, usually with a 10% - 40% adjustment in either direction. I also diminished a few halos along the horizon line and resized and converted the image to jpeg. In the smaller format I made an output adjustment by selectively blurring the foreground 2% to diminish the sharpness of the city lights in order to help the sky stand out rather than having the city compete for attention of the viewer.

Place: 33 out of 63
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01/22/2016 02:16:10 PM
Hello from the Critique club

An appealing image that meets the challenge

I've no doubt that you have a much improved image from the original you describe but I think you may have just started to cross the tipping point in your processing, the sky is very noisy and unnatural looking especially at the top part of the frame. I think the darkening of the lower half has benefited especially given the challenge brief we don't want too much detail we need to have the sky dominate the image as indeed it does. However, the lump on the lower right is spoiling the composition for me I think a crop to remove that would be a big improvement. I'm sure there is a lot of potential in your original washed out image that with more subtle processing could give you an even better end result.

Well done, thank you for your entry.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/21/2016 11:13:09 PM
Very nice night shot with well defined clouds, well done
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01/17/2016 09:58:02 AM
Very nice composition Give 8
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01/16/2016 01:55:24 PM
I like the layers of clouds mixed with the range of colors.
Well done.
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