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    Cold sunrise

    I would appreciate critique and opinions on this. I cropped the bottom as it was quite out of focus. I am not sure if that was the right decision so I have given both versions. As well; I used the healing tool in Aperture to tone down the rising sun. Needed or not?

    Cold sunrise

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    Cold sunrise

    And for those who wish to muck about with the image and/or give me pointers on what I could have done better and/or if i was too heavy handed with the colour saturation and white balance; the out of camera version

    Cold sunrise

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    Re: Cold sunrise

    Quote Originally Posted by tbob View Post
    I would appreciate critique and opinions on this. I cropped the bottom as it was quite out of focus. I am not sure if that was the right decision so I have given both versions. As well; I used the healing tool in Aperture to tone down the rising sun. Needed or not?

    Cold sunrise


    I like your choice of crop although I may have left a bit more sky in and by leaving it in you would definitely have to tone down the sun as you obviously suspect.
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    Re: Cold sunrise

    I like your crop better too. It's a nice composition with the different angles of the hills and trees.

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    Re: Cold sunrise

    OK Trevor, I have tried to retain a 3 x 2 ratio; but possibly your crop is better.

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    Added a Curves Adjustment Layer with the mask edited to selectively apply the effects. Set the layer blend mode to Luminosity.

    This has created a more yellow colder feel but changing the layer blend mode will produce a more golden effect.

    Created a duplicate layer from the background image. Sharpened the layer and added a hide all mask. Edited the mask so the sharpening was selectively applied with more on the foreground.
    Last edited by Geoff F; 24th November 2012 at 08:47 PM.

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    Re: Cold sunrise

    I like the original, it has nicer contrast - in my opinion. Number 1 is number 1.
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    Re: Cold sunrise

    I appreciate the input. I like to see how other people interpret the image, thanks Geoff.

    I wish I could have had a straight horizon line and the front in focus but this was one of those "take it now or never" moments as I caught this just as I crested a hill. Two seconds later the sun was up and so bright is obliterated the scene if shooting directly into the sun. I tried slightly oblique shots to avoid the disc of the sun; I think the word garbage best describes those images.

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    Re: Cold sunrise

    Quote Originally Posted by stephencamptonjones View Post
    I like the original, it has nicer contrast - in my opinion. Number 1 is number 1.
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    I agree. The warm glow is nice but the coldness is better captured by the blue cast. One of those instances where I suspect my manipulation should have stopped earlier. When I removed all the manipulations to post the straight out of camera image I thought "I like this as much if not more than the crop". Except the vile out of focus foreground and horizon.

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    Re: Cold sunrise

    Trevor I like your treatment best. I would hang that shot in my hall.

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    Re: Cold sunrise

    Hi Trevor, seeing the original and what you have done, I would say that for my taste, you made all the right choices. From here on out you can get a number of alternative views and maybe, just maybe you'll find one that you like better. For today though, I wouldn't fret as IMHO you already have a winner. Nice capture and processing.

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    Re: Cold sunrise

    Quote Originally Posted by FrankMi View Post
    Hi Trevor, seeing the original and what you have done, I would say that for my taste, you made all the right choices. From here on out you can get a number of alternative views and maybe, just maybe you'll find one that you like better. For today though, I wouldn't fret as IMHO you already have a winner. Nice capture and processing.
    I waffle to and fro but I tend more to the crop first image. Thanks for complement.

    As for the capture; ain't serendipity great. If I had not swung the camera up as almost a reflex, or if I had stayed two seconds longer to get another picture of the old barn I went to shoot; then I would not have the image I am most pleased of from that morning.

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