Old 03-19-2010, 08:47 PM   #1
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I had the following rejected for bad color:

First attempt: http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=980214539

Second attempt: http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=919968775

In the second one I tuned down the saturation. I think I'm heading in the right direction. My question is: Do I need to bump the saturation down STILL more?

I am going to do that and try a 3rd time. Let me know what you think.

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Old 03-19-2010, 09:07 PM   #2
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Two things, first, color: too strong in general, but to me the problem is really the sky, which has a fakey sort of ultra-saturated blue. Perhaps an adjustment to blue or cyan in particular is needed.

image quality: you will probably get hit with this, the sky in particular is pixellated. One problem is that you are not even using the 6mp you have. Your original file size is 2272x1704. On the web I see that corresponds to a "Medium 1" setting on your A540. You need to always, always use the 2816x2112 "Large" setting, you always need to capture the maximum pixels of information. The setting you are using is making your camera less than 4mp, that doesn't cut it these days.
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:19 PM   #3
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Try dropping the exposer down to darken the colors not adding color and see if that helps.
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Old 03-19-2010, 10:05 PM   #4
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Maybe it's my monitor at work, but that sky looks awful, oversaturated and noisy. The second one is not as bad, but it's still there, also not full nose light which seems to keep a lot of wedgies off...
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Old 03-19-2010, 11:08 PM   #5
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No Troy, that is not true at all.
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Old 03-20-2010, 01:18 AM   #6
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I will keep trying guys...
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