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Sunset field

Here's another go over one of the many yellow fields there are around these days.

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Re: Sunset field

So bad no even worth a comment. OK maybe I'll add a bit of self critique. Darker and redder sky, lighter and sharper middle fields and slightly darker and more yellow rape seed area (this colour has probably been adversely affected by the sunset mode I used in camera). On the other hand perhaps you are right and it's not worth it so just go and get a better shot may be a more appropriate comment for this one.
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Re: Sunset field

Hi Phil,

a grad nd filter and manual mode or aperture mode would have done the job nicely. I would love to have a go at this one as it is a beautiful scene.

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Re: Sunset field

There's such a wide dynamic range in that photograph that you're never going to get it all perfectly exposed.

One solution would be to use an ND grad as suggested already. Another would be to create an HDR set and post-process them. The ND grad filter is probably the simpler option!

PS It's possible to recover the foreground to an extent in Picasa.
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Re: Sunset field

You are right guys an ND grad would have been the order of the day but I'm afraid I'd forgotten to take it with me .
Greg did you mean you'd be happy to have a go at pp'ing it? If so yes I'd be happy for you to have a go at it I can send you the original raw or jpg if you like.
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Re: Sunset field

Hi Phil,

I meant I would love to have a go at shooting the scene but equally I would love a go at processing it too

You can send the file to me at gregles at btinternet dot com and I will have a go

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Re: Sunset field

Here is my version Phil. I am sure others would have treated things differently and it would be nice to see if anyone has

There is a description in the gallery of how I went about it.

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Re: Sunset field

Thanks Greg that's got a lot more detail in it than I expected you to get well done. It's much better overall as an image and the yellow field has come out really well, it almost makes the shot look 3D. Thanks for the explanation of how you did it too. I need to invest some time and effort into learning some pp'ing techniques and some cash in software to be able to do that.
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Re: Sunset field

Cheers Phil

I know that there are some really talented members on here who could do so much better - I try and learn as much as I can from them

Sent you a pm too fella

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Re: Sunset field

Hi Phill, sorry I missed this first time around. I have just done an edit, before I read the whole thread, but I see Greg has already done one and I think it is better than mine. I certainly agree that an ND grad at the shooting stage would have been a real benefit and I would like to see maybe a little less OOF rape flowers in the foreground, but nevertheless it's a lovely scene which definitely benefits from improvements when processed.
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Re: Sunset field

Here's a quick edit (in PSE) of the jpeg in post 1:



might be a tad over-saturated
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Re: Sunset field

Thanks for having a go Bilbo I like what you did to the colours, I think that is much more like it was in reality. The sky could even have been a bit redder from memory. The resolution seems to have droped somewhat probably as you were working from the reduced file size I posted. Looks a bit like a painting (a nice painting though). Happy to send you the original jpg or raw file if you like.
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Thanks for having a go Bilbo I like what you did to the colours, I think that is much more like it was in reality. The sky could even have been a bit redder from memory. The resolution seems to have droped somewhat probably as you were working from the reduced file size I posted. Looks a bit like a painting (a nice painting though). Happy to send you the original jpg or raw file if you like.
Hi Phil - just PM'd you my email address to send the RAW file.
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Bilbo I didn't get a pm for some reason can you send it again.
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Bilbo I didn't get a pm for some reason can you send it again.
Hmm - it lets me go through all the motions including pressing send but then just pretends to send the PM but does nothing.. Any ideas mods?

Please use bilbo@mastermind.org.uk...
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