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Freericks 08-08-2013 03:03 PM

Too Dark - Can Either of these Work?
Tried twice here (the first one a few days ago, so the link may go away soon). They are different frames. Both dinged for too dark.

When I lighten, but color I have in the sky goes away. If I try to isolate the sky, well, with trees and power lines, it turns into quite a mess.

Is there something to do here, or is this one just not going to happen?



As an aside, I had driven about twenty miles west of here to a spot where the tracks turn enough to almost get nose light and catch the train lit before the sun went down - but because it doesn't take passengers after Santa Barbara it's allowed to run early in this area and the thing showed up 30 minutes earlier, causing me to miss it by 30 seconds (no joke - had I arrived 30 seconds later I would have had time to get the shot).

magicman_841 08-08-2013 03:47 PM

The first one is very grainy, and they both actually look quite flat, even overexposed, to me. The top part is blown out. Try bumping the contrast or lowering the exposure a bit to get those blacks back in.

What you have is basically a glint shot, so you want the side of the train to pop. But I'm afraid it might not be glinty enough.

JRMDC 08-08-2013 07:24 PM

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That huge black blob of a tree really takes away from this shot.

Attached is a modest revision. Brought up the shadows, which gives the tree some detail, some definition. Increase in brightness. I adjusted the midtone contrast, don't even remember which way now. Increase in overall contrast. Basically, brightness up, contrast increase brings the darks back, shadows for more detail. Oh, and I sharpened, it looked bad. And reduced noise before the sharpening step.

Not great, I would say better, don't know if RP-good-enough. Maybe it will look better if you start from scratch or at least work from your copy.

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