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What Can Be Done To Improve This Photo

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 3:36 pm
by Avsfan
Looking for suggestions on how to hopefully improve this photo.

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FedEx B-727 landing at sunset.

Thanks

Louis

RE: What Can Be Done To Improve This Photo

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 3:40 pm
by aussie18
Looks nice,maybe abit more USM.....nose looks soft.

RE: What Can Be Done To Improve This Photo

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 3:42 pm
by D L X
I think it's dark, and soft. Brighten up the shot a bit, then hit it with a little USM (200%, .2 radius, 0 threshold.)

RE: What Can Be Done To Improve This Photo

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 3:52 pm
by Avsfan
Quoting D L X (Reply 2):

I shot this in RAW format and left the levels alone since they reached both ends, but did not apply any adjustment to the brightness/contrast. The photo had one pass of USM (300%, 0.2, 0) to a duplicate layer. I will say that the sun was about 5 minutes from going below the horizon.

RE: What Can Be Done To Improve This Photo

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:28 am
by Avsfan
Is this version better?
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Nikon D70, Sigma 70-200mm APO f/2.8 EX DG, FL=116mm, 1/500 sec, ISO:200

RE: What Can Be Done To Improve This Photo

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 10:08 am
by eadster
No its still no good. It's too washed out by that prominent yellow colour cast.

I've had a bit of a play with the levels, mainly to see if I could remove some of that yellow.

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FedEx


I'm still not totally happy with the shot, but you get the idea.

RE: What Can Be Done To Improve This Photo

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:12 pm
by Avsfan
Quoting Eadster (Reply 5):
It's too washed out by that prominent yellow colour cast.

Are you talking about on the aircraft or around the aircraft? If you want the original RAW file to mess around with just let me know.

RE: What Can Be Done To Improve This Photo

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:59 pm
by bubbles
I think the major problem is the shot looks soft. The following is my edit.

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FedEx B-727


_Hongyin_

RE: What Can Be Done To Improve This Photo

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:09 pm
by aussie18
Bubbles edit looks sharp.

RE: What Can Be Done To Improve This Photo

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:55 pm
by eadster
Yeah I know the shot is soft, but even if it wasn't, I would doubt it'll get anywhere with the colour cast it has. Thats what I'm trying to say.

RE: What Can Be Done To Improve This Photo

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 3:14 pm
by fhlaran
Not a great result, but I tried to take out this yellow color cast (and I think I wasn't too happy)... Anyway just trying to help since this is a great plane photo  Smile

https://www.airliners.net/uf/536887992/1168236792zhcXG9.jpg

RE: What Can Be Done To Improve This Photo

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 3:43 pm
by D L X
Since it's a sunset photo, there should be *some* orange cast on the plane. The way I determine correct white balance for the shot is using Camera Raw, I put the white balance tool on a spot on the plane that I know to be white/grey that is in the shadow of something. That way, all the light that is falling on it is ambient, and not orange glow from the setting sun.
In this shot, I'd measure off the white part of the fuselage in the shadow of the spoilers.

RE: What Can Be Done To Improve This Photo

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 7:43 pm
by eadster
Quoting D L X (Reply 11):
Since it's a sunset photo, there should be *some* orange cast on the plane.

Agreed, where Fhlaran's version is just a little too extreme!! I think just a little bit of the yellow removed, as I was trying to show will do the trick. Making the aircraft white, also causes that weird effect around other areas.

Sharpen the shot as mentioned, remove some of the yellow, just enough that it looks a little more natural and less washed out and it should be ok.

RE: What Can Be Done To Improve This Photo

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 12:39 am
by fhlaran
Quoting Eadster (Reply 12):
Agreed, where Fhlaran's version is just a little too extreme!!

Just a "little" ehehe?? I was reaaaally extreme on my edition lol  Smile

RE: What Can Be Done To Improve This Photo

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 12:50 am
by sulman
Do you have the original .crw file? I'm curious to see it.




James

RE: What Can Be Done To Improve This Photo

Posted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 9:04 pm
by Avsfan
I would like to say "thanks" to those who provided help with or comments on this picture.

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