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Been reworking some old images from Masca taken in 2014... I was never happy with how they originally turned out but I've been playing with the HDR module in Lightroom 6 and I feel this is much improved.

Thoughts? Have I overdone it?

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Have I overdone it?
The shadow coming down at 6 o'clock is a bit harsh and could be softened but no, I don't think you have over done it.
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Re: Masca

Thanks OM, do you mean the bit directly underneath the sun?

I have also just realised how wonky the clouds look!
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Re: Masca

your ideas are right however I have personal thing about a very bright sun in a photo as it's so or too dominating for me. Do this; scroll the photo up so the sun is cropped out. Now how do you see it?

to me it's all too bright and HDRy (that's a new one)

Go back to original raw and try an edit without sun so our eyes are attracted to the valley and ridges; the sun rays and shadows which may have been rather darker than you remember.

Another option would be to make 2 or 3 images with different exposures and manually blend those together

to me that village is important however our eyes need to be lead there.

Hope that helps. I would be happy to help with an edit if you wish
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Re: Masca

Thanks Ian.

It probably looks a bit 'HDRy' because it is HDR! 3 exposures taken one step apart and processed in LR6... perhaps I should have played it safe and taken 5.

What I might do is look through the other shots taken on the same night and see if there's a better set of clouds I can use...
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Re: Masca

Your photo cropped only

P3223352-HDR-2
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with LR editing---burning in some shadows that would have been there and lightening other areas

P3223352-HDR-3
by Ian Browne, on Flickr

white rim removed with ps clone tool set to darken

P3223352-HDR-4
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I can only guess how it might have been and the edits are just for ideas for you to explore
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Thanks OM, do you mean the bit directly underneath the sun?...!
Yes, thats the one. Its obviously personal preference but I might also lighten that left hand rock outcrop just a tad. I like the brilliant green of the foliage at the bottom.
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I can only guess how it might have been and the edits are just for ideas for you to explore
Thanks Ian... I can see where you're coming from but I do like the space the clouds provide though I do agree the blown out part is unfortunate; I think I'm going to try to replace the clouds with an alternative set taken on the same night... I did take plenty of shots!

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Yes, thats the one. Its obviously personal preference but I might also lighten that left hand rock outcrop just a tad. I like the brilliant green of the foliage at the bottom.
Thanks OM... I'll have a fiddle with those... I had deliberately darkened those rocks on the left to emphasise the floor of the valley.
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I like the original, I think the sun is not too distracting and adds ambiance, it gives a source for the rays and I like the composition as it is. To me the photo is of the sun breaking through the clouds and illuminating the scene, to tone it down or crop out the sun would alter the whole dynamics of the photo.

The only thing I'd do is lift the shadows at the bottom and left side as they are a bit too dark, otherwise a fine photo.


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Re: Masca

Sorry it's taken me so long to respond, I've been crazy busy recently!

I had a go at replacing the clouds with another set taken on the same night but I wasn't happy with the results so I went back to Lightroon and tried to make the sun blend a bit more smoothly with the surrounding clouds (while also lightening the shadows on the left as per suggestion and straightening the shot a bit!)

Is that better?

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