Old 08-23-2009, 02:38 PM   #1
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I've been trying to get this shot in and it keeps getting hit with overexposed and variations thereof.
First try:
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=643450119
Okay, that's easy enough to fix - or is it?
Second attempt:
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=393008526
Third (by this time it's getting so dark the colors are taking on a weird tint so I had to do some adjusting there too):
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=722759&key=0
Now it's oversharpened, too.
Start from scratch again, Attempt number 4:
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=945753032
Now it's overprocessed. I'm not seeing it, so is it my monitor (or my eyes) and what would you suggest I do here? I've been selective about entering shots lately and enjoying around 95% acceptance rate up until the past couple of days, so I might be letting the frustration factor blind me a bit...
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Old 08-23-2009, 05:04 PM   #2
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If you have photoshop, start with the overexposed one, and do a little bit of work with the highlights slider in shadows/highlights, there are a lot of really bright things in the scene. Also try using levels or curves to darken it slightly.
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:30 PM   #3
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Thanks Matthew but I tried all that and just got similar results. The colors (especially the cream/white) go all off when I try to darken things and the sky gets unnaturally blue. Tried selecting everything but the sky and the upper and lower dark areas, then darkening the selection and while the sky stayed right the colors got all wonky again. I'm gonna try one more time to do the same and then correct the whites, but I have a feeling it's just not gonna fly.
Just for reference here's what it should look like:
Early evening as this shot was
Image © W. D. Shaw
PhotoID: 241933
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Image © MrDan
PhotoID: 254211
Photograph © MrDan
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Later in the evening
Image © W. D. Shaw
PhotoID: 242208
Photograph © W. D. Shaw
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Pop me the original at trainboyh1644@gmail.com and I'll see what I can do.
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Be warned that if you send it to Matt you will receive an extremely over-saturated photo in return.
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Old 08-24-2009, 04:33 PM   #6
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Shhhhaddup.
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Old 08-25-2009, 01:24 PM   #7
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Worked on one from the same series which made it in:
Image © W. D. Shaw
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btw I think Matt's shots are great and I'd like to extend my thanks, seeing as how he was the only one to step up and offer help.

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