Miguel1982 wrote:In the Azores, I can say with absolute certainty that no selective editing has been done. That day saw a number of thunderstorms mixed with broken skies over all the Frankfurt area, and the photographer had the luck of catching a sun ray with all the dark clouds in the background. You can also see in the foreground that parts of the tarmac are still wet, again from a passing shower. I see the expected saturation and colors for both foreground (lit) and background (in shadow).
Gasman wrote:Thanks guys. Here's a couple of examples uploaded in the last few hours
https://www.airliners.net/photo/Emirates ... 0tGA%3D%3D
https://www.airliners.net/photo/Azores-A ... 0tGA%3D%3D
Both are very pleasing images. But in both of them, it's as if there is a magic light source that has allowed to aircraft to be brightly lit and well saturated....... whereas the entire remainder of the photograph (background and foreground) are darker and less saturated. It's not just the fact that the aircraft is white - any colours on the aircraft also come across as bright and well saturated; whereas the grass, tarmac etc all look a bit drab, under a stormy dark sky.
It's pleasing, and doesn't look immediately "unnatural" - but I suspect it is. It seems to me that a photoshop layer/mask has been applied, de-emphasising the background while making the aircraft look more vivid than the prevailing light would have done on its own.
I only ask, because if this is what people actually are doing I might start doing it too - which will require me to learn Photoshop properly (I currently only use lightroom)
Gasman wrote:It seems to me that virtually all static shots on this website these days have had the background brightness photoshopped down to make the aircraft stand out and look a brilliant white. You get photos that do look stunning - albeit slightly unnatural.
Is this what people are doing? I'd also be interested to hear about what people are doing in post from a general sense. I personally usually make fairly minimal adjustments in Lightroom only, but maybe I need to up my post-processing game a bit
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