Featured: 'Bagan, Myanmar' by Zee

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Zee, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. Ccasey

    Ccasey Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 29, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Wow - really, really nice!
  2. jo45800

    jo45800 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 23, 2013
    very impressive! well done, amazing colors!!

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  3. 350duser

    350duser Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 26, 2012
    Brisbane, QLD
    Wonderful photos.
  4. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    Beautiful set!
  5. ptan55

    ptan55 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 18, 2011
    Amherst, NY
    Were some of these photos done with HDR?
    Awesome colors.
  6. Zee

    Zee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nope - no HDR, probably my PP technique of winding the highlights right back to help get some detail. I'm working on a way to make it look less HDR-ish, but it's a work in progress...

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  7. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    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)
  8. Zee

    Zee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    C&C always welcome. I think I should play with it a little more in Lightroom and dial the greens to something a bit less "nuclear".


  9. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
  10. Zee

    Zee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    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!)



    Edit - OK, so, how's this?

    15337828291_fc50360c82_o.jpg Bagan sunset v2 (1 of 1) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr
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  11. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    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'.
  12. Zee

    Zee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Lightroom screen grab


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  13. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    ...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!
  14. Zee

    Zee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    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...

    15155331918_b3ab520e05_o.jpg Bagan sunset v3 (1 of 1) by pasaway_zee, on Flickr

    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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  15. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    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.
  16. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    Great shots! What kit did you bring on your trip?
  17. Zee

    Zee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    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!

    I took:
    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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  18. dannsing

    dannsing Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 18, 2014
    Beautiful shots - thanks for sharing!
  19. zulfur666

    zulfur666 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 30, 2014
    simply stunning photos. Thanks for scratching my Travelbug.....:smile: