Old 03-13-2010, 04:45 PM   #1
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As I was expecting this shot was hit for being too dark. I like the shot but it was taken with the sun at the horizon and some partial cloud obstruction, leading to the low light. I know these shots are hard to lighten up, at least for myself, but I was just curious to see if someone else could come up with something a little lighter while still keeping the dusk look to the image.

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Old 03-13-2010, 05:08 PM   #2
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Dusk shots are tough for RP, there is a window between late day bright and early evening dark that RP does not much care for unless there is silhouette or a sun on the horizon, and so forth.

Here is one take, lightening the background some. In levels, the right slider 255->230, the middle slider 1.0 -> 0.9. Don't know if this is what you were thinking of, perhaps a different approach entirely, perhaps brightening the train. I think it is fine as it is, with the exception of the ridge of snow at the bottom, which looks like it was illuminated by something, flash, oncoming car behind you, something.

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Old 03-13-2010, 05:50 PM   #3
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J, thanks for the input. I was thinking this shot was indeed pushing the window but wanted to give it a try anways. I'll make the changes you suggested and resubmit. The ridge of snow is actually being illuminated by the sun, or what was left of it. I'd say 1/4 of the sun was set and the top 1/4 was covered by a cloud so anything not in that plane of light is, in my eyes, making the image darker, e.g. the low lying areas of snow
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Old 03-13-2010, 09:42 PM   #4
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J, thanks for the help!

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Old 03-13-2010, 10:34 PM   #5
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It's a nice shot. If the sunset behind you was as brilliant on the train as it is on the snowbank I think you would be all set.

Again, Nice shot.

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Nice one, Jason. I like the glow on the foreground snow, especially since it's consistent with the slight patches of glowing snow elsewhere in the scene.
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