Saguaro National Park

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by SteveJB, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. SteveJB

    SteveJB Mu-43 Rookie

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    Nov 5, 2012
    Baltimore
    Steve
    Caught this one last week during a family Arizona x-mas break. Would welcome any advice on processing, etc.

    Taken with my E-PM1 + 75/1.8 (a fabulous travel combo!).

    p1364328830-5.
     
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  2. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Very nice. I would probably crop it just above the first cloud layer.
     
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  3. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    I agree with the cropping suggestion. Also, you could try applying an S Curve to the a and b channels in LAB mode to boost color contrast, and/or shift the levels midpoint down to about 0.75 to make it a bit more dramatic.
     
  4. SteveJB

    SteveJB Mu-43 Rookie

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    Nov 5, 2012
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    Steve
    Thanks for the suggestions, guys.

    As a PS-ignorant Lightroom user, how would I implement this kind of strategy?
     
  5. SteveJB

    SteveJB Mu-43 Rookie

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    Nov 5, 2012
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    Steve
    Here's another work-up of the image using Nik Silver Efex Pro...

    p1364643724-5.
     
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  6. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    Sorry, I don't have Lightroom, so I'm not sure what they call the equivalent functions, but I'm sure it's in there somewhere.

    I like what you did in B&W.
     
  7. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    Steve-Nice B+W alternative.
     
  8. SteveJB

    SteveJB Mu-43 Rookie

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    Nov 5, 2012
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    Steve
    Thanks, guys. And while I like the effect of the layered clouds, I think the 16:9 crop works a bit better as well.
     
  9. zpuskas

    zpuskas Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 25, 2011
    Santa Barbara, CA
    The B&W version works better for me, nice!
     
  10. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    I like the light in the original, but I do agree with the crop.
     
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