Featured: 'Bagan, Myanmar' by Zee

Zee

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Some of my shots from Bagan, Myanmar. C&C welcome...

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Bagan1 (24 of 26) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

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Bagan1 (25 of 26) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

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Bagan1 (23 of 26) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

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Bagan1 (21 of 26) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

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Bagan1 (19 of 26) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

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Bagan1 (18 of 26) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

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Bagan1 (14 of 26) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

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Bagan1 (12 of 12) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

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Bagan1 (11 of 26) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

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Bagan1 (11 of 12) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

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Bagan1 (10 of 12) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

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Bagan1 (8 of 26) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

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Bagan1 (8 of 12) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

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Bagan1 (7 of 26) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

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Bagan1 (4 of 12) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

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Bagan1 (2 of 26) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

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Bagan1 (2 of 12) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

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Bagan1 (5 of 26) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

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very impressive! well done, amazing colors!!

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Enjoyable photos!

I like the first shot, but the greens are a touch 'nuclear' for my taste. Colours can be quite subjective though... (I only mention this because you've asked for c&c)
 

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I love numbers 12 & 20

In number 1 the pale patch of green with the haloed trunks could be toned down a lot and still make a poppy photo.
Let me have a play with that - I'll post a modified version tomorrow and tell me what you think... (YES! I am trying to improve!)

Thanks,

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Edit - OK, so, how's this?

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I feel that one looks a little too desaturated, between the two I actually prefer the first one.

I'd be interested to see your LR settings, but I suspect in the first photo the 'nuclear green' comes from pushing a little heavy on the saturation/vibrance sliders. Also the 'psuedo-HDR', where you push the whites tends to make the green more noticeable and fake looking. It would be interesting to play with the photo, but what I would try to do:
-add a bit of saturation/vibrance globally, but don't push it too far. Go the HSL panel and control the saturation indivually - probably add a bit of blue and yellow saturation, if you want to add that extra colour to the sky. Also, try slightly reducing luminance of blue and some yellow - this will also help bring out the blues and yellows.
-make the photo less HDR - Push the shadows, but don't push the the shadows all the way to the max. Also back off a little bit with the 'whites'.
 

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I feel that one looks a little too desaturated, between the two I actually prefer the first one.

I'd be interested to see your LR settings, but I suspect in the first photo the 'nuclear green' comes from pushing a little heavy on the saturation/vibrance sliders. Also the 'psuedo-HDR', where you push the whites tends to make the green more noticeable and fake looking. It would be interesting to play with the photo, but what I would try to do:
-add a bit of saturation/vibrance globally, but don't push it too far. Go the HSL panel and control the saturation indivually - probably add a bit of blue and yellow saturation, if you want to add that extra colour to the sky. Also, try slightly reducing luminance of blue and some yellow - this will also help bring out the blues and yellows.
-make the photo less HDR - Push the shadows, but don't push the the shadows all the way to the max. Also back off a little bit with the 'whites'.

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...or use Nik and a few control points to apply various adjustments to specific areas without futzing with complicated masks :)

Regardless - beautiful country, fantastic shots!
 

Zee

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Oddly enough, I just re processed it, and now the halo around the trees is gone. No idea where the haloing came form int he first place, as the adjustments are really much different...

I should get around to giving NIK a go,

Anyway, V3...

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Edit - figured out what caused the halo issue... It was me trying to get rid of the CA and fringing around the top of the temple on the right...

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Edit - OK, so, how's this?
Absolutely, but a bit of a heavy finger on the slider ;) now it's a bit grey-green rather than too amber-green.
Half way between.
I open both versions in new tabs and click between them.
You are globally desaturating the greens whereas I would paint a soft-edged desaturating brush over the bright clearing.
 

Zee

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Absolutely, but a bit of a heavy finger on the slider ;) now it's a bit grey-green rather than too amber-green.
Half way between.
I open both versions in new tabs and click between them.
You are globally desaturating the greens whereas I would paint a soft-edged desaturating brush over the bright clearing.
OK, I think I see where you're going with this. I'll play around a bit more when I get off work.

For the record, I'm quite keen to get my PP up to par, as I'd like to start printing up some coffee table books for myself, and also as gifts for family members.

Thanks for the help so far everyone!

Great shots! What kit did you bring on your trip?
I took:
E-M1
M.Z 12-40 F2.8
M.Z 60 F2.8
M.Z 75 F1.8
Samyang 7.5mm Fisheye
Serk filter holder (carbon copy of Lee filter holder)
Lee 3 stop ND grads (soft and hard edge)
Benro C-058EX tripod, with Photoclam PC 30N ball head.

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