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User currently offlineMarkJBeckwith From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 156 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2876 times:

These two were rejected today, both for quality with a personal note "Too bright". Does too bright mean literally too bright or oversaturated?





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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

Too bright in these examples means slightly overexposed.
Check your curves, and use the black eye dropper and click on something you are absolutely sure is supposed to be really black and see what happens.

User currently onlineWakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1315 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2857 times:

Both shots are too bright, in terms of light. The sky looks on the verge of being overexposed in #1. The second is better but still too bright.

User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2982 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2848 times:

Your highlights are blown out. If you have Photoshop CS or higher, look for the highlight/shadow tool and tone down the highlights like this. You'll find that there is still image detail in the highlights that can be salvaged.

Like this.....



User currently offlineDendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1721 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2826 times:
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Again, it was me that rejected these and sent the personal, I did not believe that those two words could cause confusion as they were designed to help !
I did not consider them to be overexposed as the detail was visible even into the blown highlights but the images were far too bright. I am sure that you can see that they look better once you have toned them down.
However, as so often happens as one factor is corrected, another raises its head and now the sky looks very grainy.
I think it would be best to reprocess them both and, with the Mitchell, totally avoid sharpening the sky by deselecting it using the magic wand. Sharpening artefacts are also different when adjustments are made to levels after an image has been sharpened so your late level adjustment has not got the best possible out of the images.
Nice aircraft, and images that should be okay with slightly better/different processing.

Mick Bajcar

User currently offlineMarkJBeckwith From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 156 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2800 times:

Thank you all for the comments, particularly to Mick for clarifiying your comment, taking the time for a personal message in this time of uber screening for queue reduction is much appreciated.

I have reprocessed the images from the original files and re-uploaded. I paid particular attention to Jeff's technique and these images seem better to my eye - they are definitely a little darker and a little "richer" with the hilights a bit under control. Comments always welcome, though!





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