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01/19/2006 10:36:29 AM · #1
Any thoughts about this winter scene?
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01/19/2006 10:40:50 AM · #2
You might brighten the snow a bit with curves. It's snow, after all, not ashes :)
01/19/2006 11:07:54 AM · #3
You did a good job getting there before the kids tracked up the snow. ;^)

As for the image: I like your composition with the path positioned as it is for a nice leading line. Nice balance of negative space with the lower left being just snow. The lighting worked well for you with the overcast skies. Lighting and exposure are good on this challenging subject (snow)... the snow looks exposed properly, especially when you look at the highlighted areas that are picking up sunlight from the bottom right. You might want to double-check by using the B/W points and selecting the snow on the pine branches (center of image) as your white point.

Did you take any shots from here in portrait mode? Might be interesting...

Smile and keep having fun! ;^)
01/19/2006 12:04:05 PM · #4
That's a very clean & crisp image. I quite like it, but I find the snow a little too gray and the densest portion of the trees a little blocked up. I took the liberty of doing a contrast-masked version. Cntrl-alt-tilde to select bright areas, cntrl-j to make a layer, cntrl-alt-tilde and cntrl-shift-I to select the dark areas, cntrl-j for new layer. Normally one uses "screen" mode for the darks and "multiply" mode for the highlights (for a too-contrasty original) but in this case I used "linear dodge" layer mode for BOTH, the highlights set at 15% and the shadows at 60%.

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Robt.
01/19/2006 12:22:24 PM · #5
Did you use exposure compensation?

Is 1/1000 sec the fastest shutter speed on your camera?
01/19/2006 12:37:13 PM · #6
I think I did use some exposure compensation, but I can't remember exactly how much and I don't have the original nearby.

I am not sure, but I think the A510 can go up to 1/2000sec.
01/19/2006 12:44:39 PM · #7
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

That's a very clean & crisp image. I quite like it, but I find the snow a little too gray and the densest portion of the trees a little blocked up. I took the liberty of doing a contrast-masked version. Cntrl-alt-tilde to select bright areas, cntrl-j to make a layer, cntrl-alt-tilde and cntrl-shift-I to select the dark areas, cntrl-j for new layer. Normally one uses "screen" mode for the darks and "multiply" mode for the highlights (for a too-contrasty original) but in this case I used "linear dodge" layer mode for BOTH, the highlights set at 15% and the shadows at 60%.

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Robt.


Great job Robert, and thanks for the informative explanation!
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