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    Alaskan sunset

    Taken on June 3, 2006 at 9:57p.m. during an Inner Passage cruise. Rebel XTI, 28-135 IS. Modified today with PSE7+Oloneo's PhotoEngine, Beta version:

    Alaskan sunset

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    What a beautiful sunset. I really like this. Has the water been converted to B&W? I love the silvery effect it looks like it is moonlit. It might be just my screen, but I think maybe a bit more contrast might make it even better. Beautiful as is though. Great shot. I'm not a traveller, but if I was Alaska would be high on the list of places to visit.

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    No, the water is the color it was. Thanks for the compliment.

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    Re: Alaskan sunset

    Great shot Tom. No other comment - just great shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Ryan View Post
    Great shot Tom. No other comment - just great shot.
    Ditto

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    Lovely image. I love the almost monochromatic look...

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    Re: Alaskan sunset

    Hi Tom,

    It is a very nice image, but if I can be an utter ba***rd for a minute and provide a couple of observations;
    I think both probably came about by sharpening and they may not even be present in your web original - let me explain...

    I see a fair amount of noise and a slight halo around the headland at the skyline.

    I am wondering if this was introduced by you or, if you saved to photobucket bigger than 1024 x 508px, if it was introduced when photobucket generated the 1024 width image linked here?

    I suspect a higher threshold (on USM or whatever sharpening has been applied) would have avoided the noise (which I see primarily in the sky). A slightly smaller radius for the halo, but I do stress, I am being really picky here.

    It is a great image which I'd love to have taken myself.

    I do hope that was helpful,

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    Re: Alaskan sunset

    Dave, I was using the Beta version of Oloneo's PhotoEngine. It is a work in progress and has both haloing issues and no noise control. I tried my level best to use as little tone-mapping as possible but very slight haloing, as you noticed, is still present where the land mass meets the sky. I did use a little Topaz DeNoise and DeJPEG, but I did not want to cause detail smearing. I just haven't had the time to work up a version using only Topaz filters, but I thought this was good enough for the moment...

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    Re: Alaskan sunset

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Barry View Post
    ~ I just haven't had the time to work up a version using only Topaz filters, but I thought this was good enough for the moment...
    No worries.

    I anticipate trying Oloneo's PhotoEngine myself one day soon, but I'm still rebuilding basic Photo editing on new PC at moment.

    Thanks for the info.

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    Re: Alaskan sunset

    Here's a version I worked up today using Topaz DeJPEG, DeNoise5 and Detail 2, which I think is smoother and has no sign of haloing that I can see on my monitor. Also a slightly "thicker" crop:

    Alaskan sunset

    And here's the original version:

    Alaskan sunset
    Last edited by Tom Barry; 4th August 2010 at 04:21 PM. Reason: add image

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    Re: Alaskan sunset

    Tom

    Could you put the original into this post above as well so they're together one above the other? I thought you had an absolute winner with the original. But now .....! I think I like this re-work. It's more subtle.

    EDIT - Tom, thanks for that. Yep, you've improved what was already high quality.
    Last edited by Donald; 4th August 2010 at 06:02 PM.

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    Very nice shot. I like it.

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