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Old 12-14-2013, 01:34 PM   #421
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I did a little tree work on this one ... thanks for the nudge Walt34


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Well done! Eliminating the distraction helps bring out the backlighting on the horse as well.
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Some Christmas lights in Scottsdale
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That is really beautiful.

How does it look if you lighten the overall exposure a bit?

There are some really intriguing details in the darks, so I'm thinking it might look really good lighter as well.
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All these photos are amazing, technique and subject material. I love this thread.
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Very nicely done. It really does improve the shot, which was already beautiful.

One thing, and maybe it's just me - but I see the head of a little seal pup (side view, eyes and nose and outline of the head), or maybe the dog in your avatar in the branches at the left frame, just above the horses nose.

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Did you use a cloning tool? Or the Photoshop context aware fill tool?

Very skillfully done.
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Thanks for the kind words. Audrey, I started with the content aware tool and then cleaned up some unnatural looking spots with the cloning tool.
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Thanks for the kind words. Audrey, I started with the content aware tool and then cleaned up some unnatural looking spots with the cloning tool.
That content aware fill is a pretty amazing tool, isn't it?
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Very nicely done. It really does improve the shot, which was already beautiful.

One thing, and maybe it's just me - but I see the head of a little seal pup (side view, eyes and nose and outline of the head), or maybe the dog in your avatar in the branches at the left frame, just above the horses nose.

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There is a little artifact there of some sort but my imagination is not as strong as yours, just looks like a smudge
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That is really beautiful. How does it look if you lighten the overall exposure a bit? There are some really intriguing details in the darks, so I'm thinking it might look really good lighter as well.
thanks - I'll give a lighter exposure a try
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... I see the head of a little seal pup (side view, eyes and nose and outline of the head), or maybe the dog in your avatar in the branches at the left frame, just above the horses nose.

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I see a cute seal pup, too .
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I see a cute seal pup, too .
I see a horse.

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That is really beautiful.

How does it look if you lighten the overall exposure a bit?

There are some really intriguing details in the darks, so I'm thinking it might look really good lighter as well.
Audrey - Here it is - lighten exposure and saturated greens and reds a little. I think I like the lighter version. Thanks for the advice!
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Audrey - Here it is - lighten exposure and saturated greens and reds a little. I think I like the lighter version. Thanks for the advice!
Cool! I thought the palms might pop out against the dark sky.
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Very nice, Ronstar !

When I took a photography class and we started critiquing each other's photos, the number 1 correctable problem was underexposure. I am as guilty as any ... these days when I think I am done working on a photo, I always lighten it up a bit to see if that improves the result.
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Very nice, Ronstar !

When I took a photography class and we started critiquing each other's photos, the number 1 correctable problem was underexposure. I am as guilty as any ... these days when I think I am done working on a photo, I always lighten it up a bit to see if that improves the result.
Often the only thing I do to photos is tweak the brightness/contrast...
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Very nice, Ronstar !

When I took a photography class and we started critiquing each other's photos, the number 1 correctable problem was underexposure. I am as guilty as any ... these days when I think I am done working on a photo, I always lighten it up a bit to see if that improves the result.
Night photographs outside are a particularly challenging in this respect, as the scene is naturally dark overall . So the photographer has to make a judgement call about how light to present the scene.
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Very nice, Ronstar ! When I took a photography class and we started critiquing each other's photos, the number 1 correctable problem was underexposure. I am as guilty as any ... these days when I think I am done working on a photo, I always lighten it up a bit to see if that improves the result.
Thanks Mr. Paul. I just bought a book that suggests the same thing. The book even suggested to underexpose on purpose. Up until recently, my daytime shots were overexposed and nighttime ones were underexposed. And I noticed that the overexposed ones were tough to fix. So now I'm underexposing a little just to get a more workable photo
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