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    Strobist at Odaiba

    hi.

    Just want to share. Taken last night at Odaiba.

    Strobist at Odaiba

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    Hi Mark,

    Looks really great. Only a couple of things I can think of that might make it look even better ...

    It's looking slightly flat on my screen - I'd be tempted to raise the black clipping point slightly, and possibly a small compensation at the other end as well. And lastly - I think it would look nicer with some kind of matte or border - what do you think?

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    Re: Strobist at Odaiba

    hi Colin.

    Thanks for advice.

    It's looking slightly flat on my screen - I'd be tempted to raise the black clipping point slightly, and possibly a small compensation at the other end as well
    I adjusted it a bit.

    Can you elaborate why an image is flat? Please....

    I think it would look nicer with some kind of matte or border - what do you think?
    Done. Thanks for reminding.

    Thanks in advance.

    I attached the file.
    kramnation_20100717-122-1600.jpg

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    Re: Strobist at Odaiba

    Quote Originally Posted by triggerhappy View Post
    hi Colin.

    Thanks for advice.

    I adjusted it a bit.

    Can you elaborate why an image is flat? Please....
    Hi Mark,

    When the black point isn't high enough you get a subtle "light gray fog" over the midtones, which takes away some of their texture. It takes a little while to develope an eye for it, but if you move the clipping point when post-processing an image you should see an immediate improvement. I see it quite often with HDR images (and in portraiture). I think people tend to forget that once an HDR image has been processed by an HDR program one STILL needs to then put it through a regular post-processing workflow.

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    Re: Strobist at Odaiba

    Thanks Colin.

    Great insight and very informative. I am still adjusting myself and familiarizing every tool in post processing. I must say it is quite difficult. When I still lack pointers to consider.

    When you pointed out the "light gray fog", i thought at first it was just normal. I still need more experience and gather more "know-hows".

    I'll keep that in mind next time around.

    Thanks.
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    Re: Strobist at Odaiba

    Very nice shot and I like the first image the most. And as for the 2nd image it looks like your drop the black tones and made it more flatter like Colin said.

    Am I seeing it correctly?

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    Re: Strobist at Odaiba

    Hi Mark,

    Still a darn good picture for someone that doesn't know what they're doing (meant as a compliment smile)

    It is better with the border.

    Good choices of shutter speed and aperture, a pleasant white balance and good composition.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Strobist at Odaiba

    Hi Mark,

    last year I did some aerial pictures of a radiotelescope. It was very hazy that morning, but I had only this chance to take the pictures. I added two examples here. The first one is as it came out of the camera. It really looked that hazy from above. So nothing to blame on the euipment nor photographic skills.

    On the second one I adjusted black point and increases contrast. It saved my day.
    If you don't do it already, shoot in RAW. It offers much more flexibility and opportunities in post precessing.

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    Re: Strobist at Odaiba

    Quote Originally Posted by triggerhappy View Post
    Thanks Colin.

    Great insight and very informative. I am still adjusting myself and familiarizing every tool in post processing. I must say it is quite difficult. When I still lack pointers to consider.

    When you pointed out the "light gray fog", i thought at first it was just normal. I still need more experience and gather more "know-hows".

    I'll keep that in mind next time around.

    Thanks.
    mark
    No worries Mark

    Just a quick note on the border though ... I think it pays to also put a stroke around the outside of the matte as well; I use the light colour scheme and couldn't even see the change you made to the border (the two images look exactly the same in this respect).

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    Re: Strobist at Odaiba

    hi.

    Timezone gets its way.

    Very nice shot and I like the first image the most.
    Thanks Crovean. The second is really flat.

    Still a darn good picture for someone that doesn't know what they're doing (meant as a compliment smile)

    It is better with the border.

    Good choices of shutter speed and aperture, a pleasant white balance and good composition.

    I think it pays to also put a stroke around the outside of the matte as well; I use the light colour scheme and couldn't even see the change you made to the border (the two images look exactly the same in this respect).
    Thanks Colin for all the help. I still got the raw. I'll reprocess them again when the time comes. I still need more practice. By the way, I just learned the Rule of Thirds.

    last year I did some aerial pictures of a radiotelescope. It was very hazy that morning, but I had only this chance to take the pictures. I added two examples here. The first one is as it came out of the camera. It really looked that hazy from above. So nothing to blame on the euipment nor photographic skills.

    On the second one I adjusted black point and increases contrast. It saved my day.
    If you don't do it already, shoot in RAW. It offers much more flexibility and opportunities in post precessing.
    Thanks Robert for the sample. It really helped too.

    Thanks a lot guys.

    Hope to learn more here/


    Mark

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