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23-05-2012, 11:26 PM
Seems everyone had clear sky this weekend! More posts on here with great pictures than I can keep up with. Why not add another to the mix!?
I'm struggling to bring out the diversity of colour, and correct contrast I want in these photo's from the weekend without making them look awful. :shrug: There's quite reasonable data in the original exposures. The colour changes dramatically from horizon to zenith and I think that's a large part of my problem, perhaps an occupational hazard of using such a wide fisheye? Gradient removal would be an option, but it did vary in colour in reality.
Canon 7D @ 1600ISO
Canon 8-15mm F/4 fisheye (yeah! what a lens!:D)
12 x 2 minute exposures.
Anyway, suggestions and comments on colour and contrast would be appreciated :thumbsup:
24-05-2012, 06:07 AM
NOT HERE but thanks to your photo I can atleast remember the view fondly:D:sadeyes:
24-05-2012, 09:39 AM
Well at least if it reminds you of the view that's a good thing :)
24-05-2012, 10:19 AM
I think that's an excellent shot Roger, feels like being there! The trees provide a beautiful framing.
24-05-2012, 10:51 AM
I think if you removed the gradient, it would lose it's natural feel Roger.
I love the framing too. :)
24-05-2012, 11:56 AM
As said lovely framing and very suggestive image Roger, I don't find the gradient disturbing considering the vast fov you have. The foreground trees add a nice touch to the picture, I really like it :)
24-05-2012, 12:05 PM
Thank you Marco, JJJ and Rolf for taking time to provide such detailed and useful feedback :thanx:
24-05-2012, 12:24 PM
Great shot Roger
I prefer these more or less "as it would appear if you had been there" type shots with dark foregrounds over those shot with staged lighting or an over-lit foreground....of course that is just personal taste..after all, I use emission line filters to create narrowband images.. so who am I to talk :P
24-05-2012, 12:24 PM
Very nice - the gradients are distracting to me. I love the yellow in the milky way.
I guess the only downside with the lens is that all your horizons are curved. Will be good for some shots, but others it will end up annoying :)
Plenty of sky though!
24-05-2012, 12:49 PM
Thanks Mike, understood :thumbsup: I'll let you know when I have a narrow-band wide field milky way with dark silhouettes :) Would be neat to do, I have to admit :) Don't have the kit for it though.
I would like to make the background in this image darker, but I haven't liked the contrasty effect that ends up having :confused2: I think I need to do a lot more tinkering to achieve that right balance. One problem is, the darker the background the yellow/red of the sky colour comes out too strong, so I desaturate that but then it looks odd. The foreground is quite natural as-is, as the landscape was reasonably well lit by the night sky.
Just wait till I throw in the foreground exposures I have with light painting :lol: I have a new gel kit and had some great fun with psychedelic trees :lol: you'll love it ;)
Yeah, the curvature definitely lends its self to some shots and not others. I have so far really liked it for astronomy where the curvature means that the foreground easily wraps and nicely frames the sky. For daytime shots I haven't enjoyed it so much - I tend to find the curvature too strong. Of course being a zoom it's nice that I can flatten that curvature quite a bit if I'm happy to sacrifice a couple of mm in focal length.
One vote for gradient removal noted :thumbsup:
24-05-2012, 12:55 PM
Oh sorry, I meant are *not* distracting :)
I think it looks natural :)
24-05-2012, 12:59 PM
25-05-2012, 09:07 AM
Nice one, Roger. I like the tree line!
25-05-2012, 07:37 PM
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