Old 01-13-2011, 04:57 PM   #1
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This was brought up from another board, but does anyone else think this weeks POTW has a good amount of photo shopping done to it? One thing brought up was the vertical lines in the sky.

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Old 01-13-2011, 05:16 PM   #2
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Looks very good to me.
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:20 PM   #3
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Are we going to second guess every photo from now on?

I dont see anything wrong with it, it's cool looking to me.
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:31 PM   #4
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I'd say the shadow tool has been put to good use to compensate for the backlighting (I actually like backlit shots BTW). Not a criticism, it's a great image.
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It's early morning, it's cloudy, a red sky would be appropriate in this situation as a storm is probably coming.
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It obviously has some photo shopping done to it but I think it was very tastefully done. Very nice photo.
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I don't doubt that it's a real photo, but I agree that it has been 'shopped so heavily, it doesn't look real anymore. It looks flat and pastel, more like a painting than a photo.
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Are we going to second guess every photo from now on?
Just the ones that look fake.


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It obviously has some photo shopping done to it but I think it was very tastefully done. Very nice photo.
Agreed. A little too much boost of the red channel to make it look like it was taken on Mars, but it's still a cool looking shot. Should it have been rejected for digital manipulation? Debatable, I guess.

Interesting...I just looked at that photo again I can I see where he boosted the red channel. There is a diagonal line that runs in line with the hill across the front of the lead loco and across the bridge. On one side of the line, the bridge looks "normal," and on the other side the bridge looks red. The yellow of the trailing locos looks like it's red tinted, while the yellow on the nose, which is to the right of the diagonal line, looks normal. That line also extends down to the far right pillar.
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Debatable is a very appropriate word in this case. Sounds more like an ObsCar thread than a RP.net forum thread, basically because the shot is one of those that you either like or dislike and the facts are presented to you. Sure, the color is not accurate, that's obvious.

You either like it or you dislike it. Personally, I find this to be a deserving POTW. Overall, a good shot. Just my 0.2.

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Old 01-14-2011, 07:05 AM   #10
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At least it wasnt "the paper"
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At least it wasnt "the paper"
Perhaps if the paper was saturated to crap we would have liked it.


The color is altered but that isn't a manipulation and under the rules of this weeks regime, it is a BFD because it is not even an HDR.

I think the streaking can be attributed to the shadows of the trees on the horizon and the fog.

When you crank up the colors, contrast or saturation you will get these types of aberrations.

You do it purposelessly with the contrast to bring out the texture of clouds.

I have moved around the contrast and color to put emphasis on something - usually the sky or some clouds.

Here it was the dust.

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Old 01-14-2011, 11:31 AM   #12
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The sun was under the fog so lighting it from underneath so the ground is lighting the fog and the line that is seen is a fog shadow so don't think he upped it to much. One has to be careful calling a photo out as it looks legit to me. It would have been better to ask how he did it then say its photo shopped. I think if anything its a bit dark and the color would look more real if lighter.
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