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Looking for improvement This is the e-group critique board. If you post a picture here it will be assumed that you are looking for comprehensive technical feedback - both good and bad, but always respectful. Only post pictures here if you can deal with potentially negative constructive criticism. Anyone is qualified to comment and post feedback, and everyone is encouraged to do so. NB: "Looking for Improvement" is the place to post any pictures you would like advice on improving, no matter how bad you might think they are.

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Old 25th July 2012
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Is this worth printing

I am getting arty in my old age. Is this worth printing?
Pano of three shots toned in Photomatix and given the oils effect in PS.

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Re: Is this worth printing

It appears oversharpened which has caused the halo effect between the sky and treeline.
Personally, with a defect like that I would not consider printing it. However, it is a nice pano which re-processed properly would certainly make a nice print.
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Re: Is this worth printing

I suspect the halo effect was caused by Photomatix being a bit too aggressive with the tone mapping, but otherwise it's a nice picture and by all means print it if the halo doen't bother you.
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Re: Is this worth printing

It is oversharpened Roy, but as John says - the halo around the skyline of the trees is caused by overkill with PhotomatixPro with perhaps too much lighting control used. Try 'Normal' or if you use the slider, place it to the right further. If you still want the high contrast look, in the Advanced drop down in PhotomatixPro, put the Micro-Smoothing slider further to the left.

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Re: Is this worth printing

In a big print the photomatix halo looks great, that's what it is supposed to look like. Artsy!
It is hard to comment on how good it'll be printed without some crops of the swans : they're too small to see much right now.
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Re: Is this worth printing

Personally, I've not ever seen a halo around any trees in any art shot I've ever looked at

I do rather like the shot Ulfric, and certainly the over-sharpening applied here doesn't distract me enough to not get it printed, but... if that were blown up into a larger shot, the halo would undoubtedly become more prominent and would look like a bright line around the trees more so than it does in this small web version. That would spoil it for me.

However, at the end of the day, if Roy likes it... that's all that matters.
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Re: Is this worth printing

At first glance, I like it very much. It would seem the ideal shot for a picture post card or, as asked, a large print? However, once noticed, the halo affect does tend to draw the eye towards it to a point where it fixates, much to the detriment of the composition as a whole.

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