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    Chicago Trip

    Some of the pics of Chicago downtown during Christmas. It was snowing most of the days during my visit . Let me know if I processed them too much. C&C please. Thanks for looking

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    Re: Chicago Trip

    Hi Diana,
    looks like you had some fun shooting these.
    Just a few comment from me:
    #1 looks a bit soft and the building are tilting. If mine I woud correct this.
    #2 Buildings tilting again. Also I woud crop the bottom off to just leave the building, the dome structure and tree just distract me away from the buildings.
    #3 I would probably clone out the window at the top.
    #4 I like but for me the white balance is wrong. (Seen to have a yellow cast on my screen)
    #5 I like, a little soft but I like the compostion.


    Overall IMHO with a few adjustments you have a nice set here.
    Lets see what others say.
    Well done.
    John

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    Re: Chicago Trip

    Hi Diana,

    Let me know if I processed them too much.
    No, you haven't, in fact I would say "not enough"

    All would have benefitted from sharpening after downsizing.

    #1 needs a bit of a straighten. perhaps even perspective correction, so the buildings are vertical and parallel to both sides of the image.

    #2 could be perspective corrected, but since it is roughly level, with both sides leaning in the same amount, it looks fine

    #3 deperately needs some Local Contrast Enhancement (LCE)

    Here it is with LCE, downsized and sharpened (and with the litle bit of sky hidden).

    Chicago Trip

    #4 would also benefit from a white balance, some LCE and perspective correction/tilting.

    #5 might benefit from some recovering of mid-shadow tones and personally, I'd have waited for the woman in the red coat to either leave the scene, or pose better for your composition

    That is an amazing sculpture in #5.


    I hope you don't feel I have been too harsh in my comments?
    I like the compositions in all and the exposures are pretty good too, you haven't blown anything significant.

    Do you shoot RAW or jpg?

    Cheers,

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    Re: Chicago Trip

    Thanks John. I am off to do the adjustments

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    Re: Chicago Trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    Hi Diana,



    No, you haven't, in fact I would say "not enough"

    All would have benefitted from sharpening after downsizing.

    #1 needs a bit of a straighten. perhaps even perspective correction, so the buildings are vertical and parallel to both sides of the image.

    #2 could be perspective corrected, but since it is roughly level, with both sides leaning in the same amount, it looks fine

    #3 deperately needs some Local Contrast Enhancement (LCE)

    Here it is with LCE, downsized and sharpened (and with the litle bit of sky hidden).

    Chicago Trip

    #4 would also benefit from a white balance, some LCE and perspective correction/tilting.

    #5 might benefit from some recovering of mid-shadow tones and personally, I'd have waited for the woman in the red coat to either leave the scene, or pose better for your composition

    That is an amazing sculpture in #5.


    I hope you don't feel I have been too harsh in my comments?
    I like the compositions in all and the exposures are pretty good too, you haven't blown anything significant.

    Do you shoot RAW or jpg?

    Cheers,
    Thanks a lot Dave Nice processing of the #3 photo. I am off to try it out

    Thanks for your comments Dave No, they were not at all harsh. Actually I didn't know about LCE technique. I am happy that I learnt something new. I shoot in RAW

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