JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1726 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2310 times:
Just got the following reject for quality + level. The weather conditions were horrendous when I took this, lots of fog and rain. However, it's not the type of shot I can simply re-shoot on a better day. What do you think? Any chance of salvaging it?
Any better? The photo has some inherent flaws on account of the weather. I had hoped the subject of the photo would offset the quality issues, but apparently that's not the case. I admit it's very grainy, which I believe to be due to the fact that it's at a full 300mm in the rain - so I was shooting through a lot of water when I took the shot (it was shot at ISO 100, so that's not the issue). I used Photoshop levels to bring up the brightness and contrast, so I'm not sure how that affected the finished product. For this newer version I didn't crop quite as tightly, and to my eyes that reduces the grain. As for the level issue, I can't put my finger on that perceived issue. I leveled it using the shoreline in the distance as my guide, not the crane.
JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1726 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2035 times:
Thanks for all the help, everyone. I had another go at editing on Sunday evening using Corey's example as a guide - I wanted to crop a little less tightly than in his edit, but I like the increased contrast he used. My result, which has been in screening since yesterday morning, looks quite similar to EDDL's edit. I'll let you know how I get on.