Monthly Critique And Edit

Monthly Critique And Edit

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Prayers Across The Himalayas

Copyright Peter West Carey

It’s time to offer up another photo for your critique and edits.  This month’s photo will have some variety, I’m sure.  The finished product in this case ended up being a panoramic photo (above, click for original size), but there are many options for your cropping pleasures with the original file, found here(Warning: 12MB download).  The original is a Canon RAW file from a 5D (.cr2) and should be openable in most versions of photo editing software.  If not, here are two articles on DPS describing the freely distributed GIMP photo editing software and UFRaw, used to convert RAW images.  As a member of the DPS community, you are free to download the photo and edit it anyway you wish, posting your results here for all to see.  Please do not distribute the photo outside of DPS.

Along with posting your final edit, please also post a bit of the tale on how it came to be.  Which program did you use and what kind of edits were needed?  This type of critique is most valuable when there are more descriptions of what was changed so we can all learn from each other.  I look forward to what your editing mind develops!!

In my case, I used Photoshop Lightroom 2.5 for my edits.  The image was first ‘leveled’ and then cropped accordingly.  I upped the exposure by half a stop (it was shot intentionally at -1 1/3 to help ensure the glaciers did not get blown out) and increased the contrast to +41.  Highlight recovery was adjusted to +21 to bring just a bit of detail into the snow and ice while black clipping was set to +8 for a sharper feel.  Clarity was moved to +45, Vibrance +24 and just a bit of sharpening.  I used the Adjustment Brush to mask off the upper and right third of the blue sky and increase exposure by one stop.  Lastly, I changed three colors’ luminance values: yellow +43, red +36 and green +36 to bring out colors in the flags.

(Note: the original photo will seem crooked when first viewed, but I assure you, it was shot level with the horizon but with sloping ground)

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Peter West Carey leads photo tours and workshops in Nepal, Bhutan, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and beyond. He is also the creator of Photography Basics - A 43 Day Adventure & 40 Photography Experiments, web-based tutorials taking curious photographers on a fun ride through the basics of learning photography.

  • Eduardo

    This is what i did with the photo.
    I used Silver efex pro at photoshop CS4.
    [eimg link=’http://www.flickr.com/photos/48165476@N00/4337647271/’ title=’Nepal.cr2′ url=’http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2728/4337647271_31fc427b83.jpg’]

  • eduardo………….. Silver efex pro………… I wondered if anyone would pay $200 for this Plug-in, Guess they would?????????
    Is it a DVD it comes on? and can I buy a copy of it from you? Cheap!!! LOL

  • Iza

    It was a tough one. I didn’t like the colorful rags, but didn’t want to take them out, as I figured they are there for a reason. I focused on reducing the effect of distracting red rags on the image instead.
    The description of what I did (not too complicated) can be found here:
    http://www.korwelphotography.com/2010/02/08/nepal-dps-monthly-edit-february-2010/?preview=true
    and the final image can be found in the above post or directly here:
    http://www.korwelphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/nepal1.jpg

  • Iza, I would never guess this crop is possible. I like what you did with it.

  • I am new to this and I am not sure if I am posting it correctly so bare with me.

    In Camera RAW

    Exposure +1.05 , Recovery 30 , Fill Light , 4 , Blacks 16 , Brightness +65 , Contrast +58 , Clarity +48
    Vibrance +27 , Saturation +8 , Sharpening 76 , Radius 1.3 , Detail 32 .

    In Photoshop CS4

    Dodge and Burn the shadows and highlights for added depth. Dropped the levels in shadows and mid-tones to increase contrast some more for more depth. I bumped up the exposure in the levels box on the color blue. I added a filter from Topaz Adjust 3.0 “Portrait Drama” and then masked the sky down to 50% back in photoshop. If you have more questions you can contact me at shaynew@ymail.com and I would be happy to tell you anything you wish to know.

    Shayne

    [eimg url=’‘ title=’a>’]

  • Richard Ingram

    I focused on the summit, calling this image, “I Think I Can…” I could not get the sharpness as crisp as I would like. The cropping, sharpness, and drop shadow were done in FastStone Image Viewer.
    http://www.photoshop.com/accounts/d49f9a44ff7f49ee8a9f8d4a06bc098b/px-assets/89c6ebac27a74bdba2b8256c3cc391d9%5B/img%5D

  • Richard Ingram
  • Henrique

    Croped and tilted a little, auto tone, reduced vibrance, added graduated filter to sky and ground, to darken foreground and lighten upper part of the sky, added dust spot removal, to clear two sensor dark points on the upper part of the sky, increased saturation only on the “flags”. Think it was all I’ve done!

    [eimg link=’http://www.flickr.com/photos/31509777@N02/4346438318/’ title=’Nepal’ url=’http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4008/4346438318_fc767e9fa6.jpg’]

  • It was just a puzzle for me to see the original image. Later, the edited photos opened for me a horizon of understanding of photo editing. Great!

  • I prefer to edit a photo while I take one: frame, color, the theme of the photo why I should take one. Making a new image from the original one, after manipulating it, I don’t consider it to be the job of a photographer. However, if someone find it ejoyable to create something new pasting together differents parts of different photos, of course, that might be an ART WORK, but probably not the job of a photographer.

  • I decided to crop to the line of prayer flags and to make them the horizon. I think it works better with the flags horizontal. Lightroom settings then the picture.

    BASIC:
    Temp: 4500
    TInt -50

    Exposure +1.33
    Recovery 87
    Fill light 29
    Blacks 27
    Brightness +100
    Contrast +100

    Clarity +88
    Vibrance 0
    Saturation 0

    TONE CURVE:
    Hightlights 0
    Lights =5
    Darks 0
    Shadows 0

    SPLIT TONING:
    Balance 0
    Shadows 215
    Saturation 83

    VIGNETTES
    Lens Correction
    Amount +29
    Midpoint 73

    [eimg link=’http://www.flickr.com/photos/parkylondon/4351208539/’ title=’Nepal’ url=’http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4038/4351208539_ee24518656.jpg’]

  • Yusoff

    I think the cloud should be the main subject, I can see the queen wearing a crown, looking down to the rock, which resemble the king (to the left)

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  • Yusoff February 20, 2010 10:33 am

    I think the cloud should be the main subject, I can see the queen wearing a crown, looking down to the rock, which resemble the king (to the left)

  • parkylondon February 13, 2010 04:57 am

    I decided to crop to the line of prayer flags and to make them the horizon. I think it works better with the flags horizontal. Lightroom settings then the picture.

    BASIC:
    Temp: 4500
    TInt -50

    Exposure +1.33
    Recovery 87
    Fill light 29
    Blacks 27
    Brightness +100
    Contrast +100

    Clarity +88
    Vibrance 0
    Saturation 0

    TONE CURVE:
    Hightlights 0
    Lights =5
    Darks 0
    Shadows 0

    SPLIT TONING:
    Balance 0
    Shadows 215
    Saturation 83

    VIGNETTES
    Lens Correction
    Amount +29
    Midpoint 73

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/parkylondon/4351208539/' title='Nepal' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4038/4351208539_ee24518656.jpg']

  • Abdullah-al-Kabir February 11, 2010 06:19 pm

    I prefer to edit a photo while I take one: frame, color, the theme of the photo why I should take one. Making a new image from the original one, after manipulating it, I don't consider it to be the job of a photographer. However, if someone find it ejoyable to create something new pasting together differents parts of different photos, of course, that might be an ART WORK, but probably not the job of a photographer.

  • Abdullah-al-Kabir February 11, 2010 06:09 pm

    It was just a puzzle for me to see the original image. Later, the edited photos opened for me a horizon of understanding of photo editing. Great!

  • Henrique February 11, 2010 01:59 am

    Croped and tilted a little, auto tone, reduced vibrance, added graduated filter to sky and ground, to darken foreground and lighten upper part of the sky, added dust spot removal, to clear two sensor dark points on the upper part of the sky, increased saturation only on the "flags". Think it was all I've done!

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/31509777@N02/4346438318/' title='Nepal' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4008/4346438318_fc767e9fa6.jpg']

  • Richard Ingram February 9, 2010 01:01 pm

    Sorry about that invalid link. Try this one. It should work.

    http://www.photoshop.com/accounts/d49f9a44ff7f49ee8a9f8d4a06bc098b/px-assets/89c6ebac27a74bdba2b8256c3cc391d9

  • Richard Ingram February 9, 2010 12:58 pm

    I focused on the summit, calling this image, "I Think I Can..." I could not get the sharpness as crisp as I would like. The cropping, sharpness, and drop shadow were done in FastStone Image Viewer.
    http://www.photoshop.com/accounts/d49f9a44ff7f49ee8a9f8d4a06bc098b/px-assets/89c6ebac27a74bdba2b8256c3cc391d9[/img]

  • Shayne Willis February 9, 2010 02:26 am

    I am new to this and I am not sure if I am posting it correctly so bare with me.

    In Camera RAW

    Exposure +1.05 , Recovery 30 , Fill Light , 4 , Blacks 16 , Brightness +65 , Contrast +58 , Clarity +48
    Vibrance +27 , Saturation +8 , Sharpening 76 , Radius 1.3 , Detail 32 .

    In Photoshop CS4

    Dodge and Burn the shadows and highlights for added depth. Dropped the levels in shadows and mid-tones to increase contrast some more for more depth. I bumped up the exposure in the levels box on the color blue. I added a filter from Topaz Adjust 3.0 "Portrait Drama" and then masked the sky down to 50% back in photoshop. If you have more questions you can contact me at shaynew@ymail.com and I would be happy to tell you anything you wish to know.

    Shayne

    [eimg url='' title='a>']

  • Edmond February 8, 2010 04:09 pm

    Iza, I would never guess this crop is possible. I like what you did with it.

  • Iza February 8, 2010 02:16 pm

    It was a tough one. I didn't like the colorful rags, but didn't want to take them out, as I figured they are there for a reason. I focused on reducing the effect of distracting red rags on the image instead.
    The description of what I did (not too complicated) can be found here:
    http://www.korwelphotography.com/2010/02/08/nepal-dps-monthly-edit-february-2010/?preview=true
    and the final image can be found in the above post or directly here:
    http://www.korwelphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/nepal1.jpg

  • Tom T February 8, 2010 06:01 am

    eduardo.............. Silver efex pro............ I wondered if anyone would pay $200 for this Plug-in, Guess they would?????????
    Is it a DVD it comes on? and can I buy a copy of it from you? Cheap!!! LOL

  • Eduardo February 8, 2010 04:49 am

    This is what i did with the photo.
    I used Silver efex pro at photoshop CS4.
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/48165476@N00/4337647271/' title='Nepal.cr2' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2728/4337647271_31fc427b83.jpg']

  • Sandra Robinson February 7, 2010 07:55 pm

    Tom T/Robert. Have just done my bit by sending email via contact link and asked for: 1. a delete facility and 2. an easier way to post photos/tutorial in weekly newsletter.

    I've had a little look around too and found this [url=https://digital-photography-school.com/forum/general-chit-chat/]Forum[/url]

    Perhaps a place to start a discussion thread. What do you think?

  • spzimmer February 7, 2010 02:11 pm

    I worked in two layers; the bottom layer being the color-corrected image and the top layer being the contrast-corrected layer.

    Opened in Camera Raw
    Applied settings: Exposure +1.45
    Blacks +12
    Brightness +78
    Contrast +46
    Vibrance +33

    Opened in Photoshop CS3 and tweaked colors in LAB mode.
    This gave me the color-corrected image.

    Onto the contrast correction:

    Converted to RGB mode to correct contrast:
    Dupe color-corrected layer and deleted blue channel
    Apply image-Red channel to replace green channel
    Adjusted contrast in red channel with curves

    Set the contrast-corrected layer to luminosity (with color corrected layer below).
    www.flickr.com/photos/47167239@N05/4335943803

    Now I can finally see the little houses of the city on the slope.
    www.flickr.com/photos/47167239@N05/4336690626

  • akash negi February 7, 2010 11:42 am

    Basically just B/W filter in the inverse selection of flags.. and increased saturation in flags.

  • richard February 7, 2010 07:29 am

    ..:-)))) and pictures too...

  • Tom T February 7, 2010 06:04 am

    Well Do-It Richard... LOL I think the more of us the write in with this problem, the better our chances are of getting this option installed on the forums...
    SO PLEASE, anyone that reads this, click on the CONTACT button at the top and suggest this DELETE / EDIT button be installed...

    "Rain Rain Go Away, Little Tommy Wants To Ply"

  • richard February 7, 2010 05:24 am

    Thanks..:-)) Will probably do not work..unless you have to be log in to leave comment..but that will be better any way....Plus can you mention "Pictures"...please..:-)) The easy way..:-))) and we promise to post only nice ones.:-)
    So can you tell us on the end which pictures you like the best and why????

  • Tom T February 7, 2010 05:10 am

    I sent an email on the DELETE / EDIT button to Management... Not sure it will do any good, but worth a try...

  • richard February 7, 2010 04:30 am

    10 points you have my vote...DELETE/EDIT button...for me that will be live sever...how many times I will love to fix misspell words....Please..:-))
    I wonder if administrator read this posts???

  • Tom T February 7, 2010 02:42 am

    Another thing that would help this Forum and all the clutter & Duplicate post, do to: When we can't, or what we think isn't working and make this a lot more enjoyable to look at is a DELETE/EDIT button to get ride of unwanted up loads or make correction on what we already posted..........

  • Andrew Miller February 6, 2010 07:28 pm

    Unable to get the original to download - so worked on the jpeg. Worked in Photoshop CS4 - and applied 2 filters from Nik Software ColorEfex Pro. First is Tonal Contrast filter set at 50% for midtone and shadow and 60% highlight. SEcond is Pro Contrast filter at 40%. Layers then flattened.[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/andy153/4333760735/' title='WindowsLiveWriterMonthlyCritiqueAndEdit_112DE081016-125825-4080_4' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2724/4333760735_3b562c19e7.jpg']

  • Jim W February 6, 2010 04:48 pm

    Converted to jpg and opened it in GIMP 2.6.
    Used levels to lighten highlights and darken midtones a bit.
    After a bit of indecision, cropped it.
    Made a layer of the flags, saturated them to 45.
    Desaturated background (luminosity) and Gaussian blurred it, radius of 10.
    Unsharp masked the flag; radius of 5.0 and amount of 0.50.
    Bit of a rush job....

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/jwandc3/4334323968/' title='Nepal edit' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2780/4334323968_e19131f326.jpg']

  • richard February 6, 2010 11:19 am

    Sandra ...i think posting photos on this forum is possible only from flicker....and even, after you post it you have to wait at least 24-48 hrs...to appear on forum so please relax spend time with your family ant check on Monday. It works for me…..
    I wonder if we can have discussion on how to make this work better...:-)))
    On my forum I Administer we use a PostImage.org plug in for a blog or forum like this one and it works perfect because you do not need resizing, sorry not correct it is size limit but is at least 15mp…only 7D photos I have to resize .
    So Administrator can you please look in too….Photo Forum with the Photos.. :-)))))))) or perhaps other idea..??? Anybody????

  • Sandra Robinson February 6, 2010 11:00 am

    Last try........

    From

  • Sandra Robinson February 6, 2010 10:54 am

    I'm struggling to get the photo posted... this is another try (please bear with me):

    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/QZ-bT89EdOfldi4A2bITfg?authkey=Gv1sRgCMXnm7vO9vysgAE&feat=directlink

  • PatriciaD February 6, 2010 03:18 am

    Wow, you guys are amazing...this is my first time to check this out but I have to say I've learned a lot. I have only attempted to use Lightroom Beta 3 and not figured it out too much, yet. I use PS CS3 and LOVE it but I am just amazed at all the different ways to see a single photo. I loved some of the B/W adding the flags back in in color and the cropping the photo to see more flag and blurring the mountain, total B/W and then bumping levels and colors for better sky and mountain, etc. Love the eye opening of this forum.

  • Harjit Lakhan February 5, 2010 07:13 pm

    Hi,
    I agree with kylewein , it wasn't a very good picture - unbalanced, difficult to look at , not clear as to what the main subject was supposed to be - was i supposed to be looking at the mountains or the flags? But rather than binning it, Michael Remijan has done a wonderful job by focusing onto the flag pole and blurring the background. In that edit he has lost none of the information i.e. we still get the sky, the mountains , the clouds, the colours. Know I know its apicture of the flagpole. so as someone said once "dont be afraid to crop!".

    good work everyone.

    Harjit

  • airbrushjohn February 5, 2010 02:13 pm

    here's my version

    [eimg url='http://i315.photobucket.com/albums/ll448/johnbc26/editfordps2.jpg' title='editfordps2.jpg']

  • airbrushjohn February 5, 2010 02:11 pm

    here is my version

    [eimg url='http://i315.photobucket.com/albums/ll448/johnbc26/editfordps2.jpg' title='editfordps2.jpg']

  • airbrushjohn February 5, 2010 02:10 pm

    here's mine, i didn't want to crop.

    [eimg url='http://i315.photobucket.com/albums/ll448/johnbc26/editfordps2.jpg' title='editfordps2.jpg']

  • Tom T February 5, 2010 01:59 pm

    I'm Board.... LOL

    [eimg url='http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/TrumanPhotography/Temp%20File/mount2.jpg' title='mount2.jpg']

  • Kelly Aspen February 5, 2010 12:34 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/45174771@N06/4331709260/' title='20100204-WindowsLiveWriterMonthlyCritiqueAndEdit_112DE081016-125825-4080_4' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2710/4331709260_098680195c.jpg']

  • Kelly Aspen February 5, 2010 12:29 pm

    For some reason I couldn’t open the RAW file so I edited it as a JPEG just for fun. I added a faded photo preset that I had already created previously to give it that vintage look I am so addicted to, then added a little more blue and orange, added a little more recovery, a little more clarity and added a vignette.

    My image won't post, don't know why on that one either! ;)

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/45174771@N06/4331709260/' title='20100204-WindowsLiveWriterMonthlyCritiqueAndEdit_112DE081016-125825-4080_4' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2710/4331709260_098680195c.jpg']

  • Kelly Aspen February 5, 2010 12:28 pm

    For some reason I couldn’t open the RAW file so I edited it as a JPEG just for fun. I added a faded photo preset that I had already created previously to give it that vintage look I am so addicted to, then added a little more blue and orange, added a little more recovery, a little more clarity and added a vignette.

  • Kelly Aspen February 5, 2010 12:25 pm

    For some reason I couldn't open the RAW file so I edited it as a JPEG just for fun. I added a faded photo preset that I had already created previously to give it that vintage look I am so addicted to, then added a little more blue and orange, added a little more recovery, a little more clarity and added a vignette.

  • richard February 5, 2010 11:45 am

    Ok :
    First on layers in PS4 I distort, shrink copy paste and adjust perspective..:-)
    Then blend edges.
    It was time for a color of the grass...well I liked green..:-)) in replace color.
    Then adjust color balance in Lightroom..And that is the final outcome

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/ryszard_pabis/4330886259/' title='Nepal_F_1' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2788/4330886259_71bc0f6cfe_o.jpg']

  • Jerry Massey February 5, 2010 09:13 am

    Photo available at:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/26734445@N03/4331308748/

    sorry I left it out

  • Jerry Massey February 5, 2010 08:34 am

    Adobe Camera raw : Targeted adj. tool, HSL luminence blues full right. Exposure +1.65, recovery +10, blacks +13. Crop right side and top and bottom.
    CS4 converted to LAB color and L channel set to rectify histogram. Color channels set levels to 40 and 215.
    Nik pro sharpener set to 25%. Converted to RGB used gradient filter to brighten top of sky and set shadows/highlights to reduce highlight slightly.[eimg url='http://www.flickr.com/photos/26734445@N03/' title='26734445@N03']

  • Sandra Robinson February 5, 2010 08:34 am

    The image:

  • ilse upsher February 5, 2010 08:32 am

    Used photoshop cs3 with 'level adjustments' to the three colors and lightened. Used 'curves' for better color depth. To get a better looking focus, moved the high mountain, on the right, forward.

  • Sandra Robinson February 5, 2010 08:30 am

    I used Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2
    I realigned the photo to get the flags line straight
    I cropped the image
    Then I played around with the following settings:
    Brightness = 29 points lighter
    Shadows = 60 points darker
    Highlights = 10 points lighter
    Saturation = 18 points more colourful
    Focus = 72 points stronger
    I then duplicated the layer and set the Photo Effects to Black and White Film
    I erased the foreground layer over the flags

    I think I managed to get the effect that I wanted. I wanted the snow caps and the flags stand out, but at the same time I wanted everything to be really sharp.

    What do you think? Did I manage it? Did I go over the top?

    From DPS posts

  • MattHylton February 5, 2010 08:24 am

    (once more for the photo issue)

    http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e131/MattyC76/NepalHP.jpg

  • Michael Remijan February 5, 2010 08:24 am

    I chose to concentrate of the flags. Becuase of the great colors of the flags they are a strong focal point for they eye. I blurred the background to try and give emphasis to the foreground flags. I put the top of the pray flag pole in the bottom right 3rd since that's the 3rd intersection point which has the most emphasis.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/remijanphoto/4330375939/

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/remijanphoto/4330375939/' title='Monthly Critique' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4013/4330375939_21433b2a47.jpg']

  • MattHylton February 5, 2010 08:22 am

    Took this to Photoshop, Camera raw 5.0 Adjusted the light and balance to get whitest peaks and blacker blacks (without going overboard) Sharpened and removed chromatic aberrations. Imported to Photoshop some more chanel work and knocked off the complete blacks then added a vibrance mask over the prayer flags. Cropped to use them as a leading line to look at the mountain and as the photo used the pole to point to the highest mountain it draws you to the picture and then down and away to the left.

  • Michael February 5, 2010 08:17 am

    Not sure why mine is awaiting moderation...

    I chose to concentrate of the flags. Becuase of the great colors of the flags they are a strong focal point for they eye. I blurred the background to try and give emphasis to the foreground flags.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/remijanphoto/4330375939/sizes/m/

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/remijanphoto/4330375939/' title='Monthly Critique' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4013/4330375939_21433b2a47.jpg']

  • Steve L February 5, 2010 08:05 am

    Processed in Bridge. Used the Camera Landscape Camera Profile. I cropped to level to focus on flags with mountains in the background. Lightened the ground up to show a strong sun. Settings were:
    6500, +10 temp
    Exp =.65
    rec 25
    fill 11
    Blacks 10
    bright +66
    Clarity +56
    Vibrance +47
    Curves Highlights -18, lights -7, darks +28, shadows +16
    Sharpening amt 116, radius 1.3 Detail 31, masking 55
    Luminance Oranges and Yellows +84, Greens +37[eimg url='http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Nx-lUXRuTdk/S2tERgtFp3I/AAAAAAAAADo/c_CLEZCzMRg/s1600-h/NepalSteveAdj.jpg' title='NepalSteveAdj.jpg']

  • Graham McPherson February 5, 2010 08:02 am

    I edited this first in ACR to get colour and tone. Then in photoshop elements i cloned out the ragged flags and dodged and burned and saturated. Finally re-sized and sharpened in PSP pro x2.[eimg url='http://www.grahammcpherson.com/Nepal-reworked.jpg' title='Nepal-reworked.jpg']

  • casey February 5, 2010 08:01 am

    I dont know why my picture post didn't show up but here's the link

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4042/4330488325_be8279cfde_b.jpg

    I did minor editing in lightroom2 using clarity, contrast, exposure and the color sliders to brighten up the image and bring out the clouds, then moved it to photomatrix for minor tonemapping and brought it back to lightroom where I did some brush work to even out the sky color ( or try to anyway lol) then added another layer with the brush to the clouds and just added clarity. Then isolated the mountains adding clarity and contrast and a little exposure adjustment. Then isolated the flags adding clarity and saturation. I also changed the black setting a little. I think that is everything.

  • casey February 5, 2010 07:55 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/caseymoore/4330488325/' title='nepal photo editing challenge' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4042/4330488325_be8279cfde.jpg']

    First did minor editing in lightroom 2 clarity, exposure, contrast, did a ninor tonemapping in photomatrix, brought it back to lightroom2 once again did clarity, contrast. Used the brush tool to try and even out the sky's color and bring out the clouds, then isolated the clouds with the brush tool and used only clarity and sharpening. The isolated the countains and changed the exposure, clarity and contrast. Isolated the flags and brought out the colors and added contrast. Cropped it down a little. I also messed with the color panels a tiny bit

  • Michael February 5, 2010 07:00 am

    I chose to concentrate of the flags. Becuase of the great colors of the flags they are a strong focal point for they eye. I blurred the background to try and give emphasis to the foreground flags.

  • Kimberley May February 5, 2010 06:51 am

    Just to let all you know i am a beginner in photography and photo editing i only started last summer,

    right for this picture i have used a free online picture editing site called picnik (www.picnik.com) and i have used only basic free tools (to get premium tools you have to pay £3.49GBP or $4.95USD for one month and so thats when it doesnt get free)

    anyways i first used:

    The Black And White Effect, then went over the colour bits with the paint brush so i could create a black and white picture with colour.

    I then used a little effect call Lomo-ish which creates the look of a lomo toy camera..

    And here is the final picture hope you like it...

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimberley_stephenson/4330354379/' title='WriterMonthlyCritiqueAndEdit@DigitalyPhotographySchool' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2736/4330354379_dfd0819c58_o.jpg']

  • Sherry Felger February 5, 2010 06:43 am

    First I cropped to the highest peak as this is my favorite part of the photo. I then added a frame because I feel this finishes the art piece.
    I used picnik in Flickr for editing. Saved under private so no one else can use the photo.

  • Lizabeta February 5, 2010 06:31 am

    Andrew, I couldn't open it by clicking either. But I went into Photoshop: File: Open and put the link address in the File Name box instead of clicking on a file to open. I had to use the OS dialog.

  • Sevilla9 February 5, 2010 06:18 am

    I didn't want to crop the image because I thought there was a nice balance of earth and sky with the flags splitting throught the middle while they were mirroring the mountains. I just chose two different approaches. One which I thought was how the scene would have looked and the other by duplicating the layer and adding gaussian blur while changing the blend mode to multiply.

    Here are the links
    http://i803.photobucket.com/albums/yy319/zidane9_photo/Nepal.jpg
    http://i803.photobucket.com/albums/yy319/zidane9_photo/Nepal2.jpg

  • LLMc February 5, 2010 06:17 am

    I must have embedded the image wrong the first time. I'll try again. Sorry, Lou

    [eimg url='http://lh3.ggpht.com/_JmqHl5dgYeM/S2soJMXHoDI/AAAAAAAAAXU/zFKyFODXj38/s400/Nepal.jpg' title='Nepal.jpg']

  • LLMc February 5, 2010 06:13 am

    Sorry, I did the image embedding wrong.

    http://lh3.ggpht.com/_JmqHl5dgYeM/S2soJMXHoDI/AAAAAAAAAXU/zFKyFODXj38/s400/Nepal.jpg

  • Sevilla9 February 5, 2010 06:11 am

    I didn't want to crop the image because I thought there was a nice balance of earth and sky with the flags splitting throught the middle while they were mirroring the mountains. I just chose two different approaches. One which I thought was how the scene would have looked and the other by duplicating the layer and adding gaussian blur while changing the blend mode to multiply.

    [eimg url='' title='a>']
    [eimg url='' title='a>']

  • LLMc February 5, 2010 06:10 am

    You knew someone had to do, so I thought I would. I love the contrast of the bright colors and the dull tones of the mountains, so I thought this would be a great photo to do the B&W with some color. I did the edit with Photoshop CS4. I used the different adjustment layers and then masked the B&W layer where the colors were.
    From Untitled Album

  • Rich Sevilla February 5, 2010 06:01 am

    I did not want to crop the image. I thought there was a nice balance between earth and sky and that the flags mirrored the mountains very nicely. I just took two approaches - one was an attempt to render the image as it might have been seen and the other was just to add a little dreaminess to the scene.

    Here are the links if they do not appear.
    http://i803.photobucket.com/albums/yy319/zidane9_photo/Nepal2.jpg
    http://i803.photobucket.com/albums/yy319/zidane9_photo/Nepal.jpg

    [eimg url='' title='a>']
    [eimg url='' title='a>']

  • Edmond February 5, 2010 05:48 am

    I opened it in Photoshop and the rest is a blur. I just enjoyed the whole process and stopped when I liked what I saw. http://www.visualreaction.com/gallery/Nepal.jpg

    [eimg url='http://www.visualreaction.com/gallery/Nepal.jpg' title='Nepal.jpg']

  • Sheriff February 5, 2010 05:20 am

    My version.

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4071/4330912060_5e957240aa_b.jpg

    Curves white balance and contrast
    Duplicate layer in screen mode and mask
    High pass sharpening using mask
    High pass for the clouds to make them pop out (mask)
    Hue/Saturation Layer mainly for red and blue/cyan
    Lens distort vigneting adjust
    Levels little adjust
    Merge all and duplicated in soft light with mask at 20%
    Curves light fixing
    Landscape noise reducciòn with noiseware

  • Edmond February 5, 2010 05:16 am

    I just enjoyed it in Photoshop and let the photo talk to me. I hardly ever remember the steps I take, however here I increased the exposure by +05. Balanced the colors. Vignette. I like it.[eimg url='http://www.visualreaction.com/gallery/Nepal.jpg' title='Nepal.jpg']

  • Tom T February 5, 2010 05:10 am

    Took the Flags out as I felt it was an Obstruction to the Beautiful Mountains and Lowered the Temp to give it a colder look.. I have tried to post the photo 4 times and it still don’t come up…
    So here is the link to it…. [FLAGS REMOVED]
    http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/TrumanPhotography/Temp%20File/MountSnowFlag-17.jpg

  • Andrew Miller February 5, 2010 05:10 am

    Don't seem to be able to download the original file. I'm using a Mac but clicking the link brings down pages of programming.

  • Tom T February 5, 2010 05:09 am

    Took the Flags out as I felt it was an Obstruction to the Beautiful Mountains and Lowered the Temp to give it a colder look.. I have tried to post the photo 4 times and it still don't come up...
    So here is the link to it.... [FLAGS REMOVED]

    http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/TrumanPhotography/Temp%20File/MountSnowFlag-17.jpg[/img]

  • Tom T February 5, 2010 05:04 am

    [eimg url='http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/TrumanPhotography/Temp%20File/mount.jpg' title='mount.jpg']

  • Tom T February 5, 2010 04:57 am

    [eimg url='http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/TrumanPhotography/MountSnowFlag-17.jpg' title='MountSnowFlag-17.jpg']

  • Tom T February 5, 2010 04:54 am

    Why isn't anything I post on here showing up on the Forum????

  • kylewein February 5, 2010 04:21 am

    Its a bad photo that should be thrown, flags are cutting the mountains, looks like you put the camera infront of you and clicked then left. take more time and find good compositions that arnt dull,boring,ordinary,and not usefull either than a glance of an interesting place you wish was captured better.

  • Steve Clemens February 5, 2010 03:13 am

    I looked carefully at the original photo. Then I scrolled down through all of the suggested alternatives. I may be missing something, but to my eye, the original photo is not very well composed. The horizontal line of prayer flags conflicts with the jagged mountain peaks for attention. The bright colors of the flags gets muted by the background of mountains. Neither element seems enhance the other. There is the potential for an interesting and exciting juxtaposition but I don't think this is it!

    I would not spend any time cropping, tweaking colors or white balance this photo. I'd want an entirely different composition to work with.

  • Yatinder Kumar February 5, 2010 03:12 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/yatiphotography/4330689154/

  • Yatinder Kumar February 5, 2010 03:11 am

    Worked out in Lightroom & then photoshop.[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/yatiphotography/4330689154/' title='Nepal' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2679/4330689154_d2f3ac0cb8.jpg']

  • Steve February 4, 2010 05:20 am

    Ok, so here is my url listing. We'll see if it works.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/33493933@N04/4327818147/

  • v_roma February 4, 2010 04:58 am

    For everyone that is having trouble posting their images, the img tag, which you get by clicking on "You can add images to your comment by click here" text below the comment box, doesn't seem to be working and will prevent your comment from showing up at all. In addition, if you use the "a href" tag, the link doesn't actually show up. What eventually worked for me was just to type the url directly into the comment, without any tags.

  • Steve February 4, 2010 04:24 am

    Here are my edits. I converted the raw image using Adobe DNG converter (it's free). Then I opened it using Photoshop's Browser and a CTRL-R to make basic non-destructable edits. 1st I adjusted the exposure and blacks then some fill light. I then increased the brightness but just a little so as not to blow out the whites. I increased the clarity by 3, increased the contrast by 3, increased the vibrance by 3, and increased the saturation by 1 and then saved it.
    After using browser I opened it in Photoshop. The final edits needed to be done of 2 different sections of the picture so I used the quick selection tool to separate the mountains from the sky and created 2 layers--one with each half in it. Then I used a curves adjustment tool on the sky to brighten it and increase the contrast. Then on the mountains I used Shadow/Highlight to brighten the dark areas while preserving the highlights. Then I adjusted the contrast and used smart sharpen.
    Finally I merged the two layers, and saved it as a JPEG at 72 pixels p/inch and reduced it to 18x12. You can see the differences achieved by the incremental use of the browser on the dng and then the final photoshop edits. By the way, if you haven't used Adobe's DNG converter on raw images I would recommend it highly. What you can do then with the browser as an editor is pretty amazing and you can always take the image back to original with no damage to the original.
    Not sure how to post the final images for comments by others. This is my first response.

  • SJlarue February 4, 2010 03:33 am

    I am going to try and post this again, I tried three times but it didn't show up. Any hew, from my previous post:

    "Great picture but exposure and crop need to highlight the FG and Mountains…too much sky in the original. So first I did auto exposure in ACR then I adjusted the camera calibration setting to camera landscape. I then opened in CS3 and skewed it a little followed by a crop." Then Topaz updated their Detail filter and ..it actually made it even better.

    [eimg url='http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s226/sjlarue/Bad%20Birds/Nepal_2.jpg' title='Nepal_2.jpg']

    In case it doesn't come up, here is the link:
    http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s226/sjlarue/Bad%20Birds/Nepal_2.jpg
    and here is the first one I did.:
    http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s226/sjlarue/Bad%20Birds/Nepal_1.jpg

  • Tom Knoflook February 3, 2010 07:57 pm

    Hi,

    I used Lightroom 2.6

    First I tried different profiles, I liked ACR 4.4 the most.
    Then I found a pleasing white balance.
    Next I applied auto exposure and auto black point.
    I tweaked recovery and fill light until pleasing.
    Then I changed the crop. I didn't like the horizontal line, so I intentionally rotated the image and cropped, so
    the lines go to the corners and there is some rising in the mountain ridge.
    This also removed the most visible spots out of the way.
    A graduated filter was applied to the bottom right corner to lighten it up a little.
    I the tweaked saturation and luminance of different colors, to make the flags stand out more. and to lighten the orange in the mountain.
    Finally with the adjustment brush I lightened up bottom of the mountain a little more, and darkened the middle flags a little.
    Oh, and then some clarity, of course.

    [eimg url='http://knoflook.org/nepal.jpg' title='nepal.jpg']

    Regards, Tom

  • mithrandir February 3, 2010 03:48 pm

    1. Used LR 3.0 (Beta) and my RAWDR

  • mithrandir February 3, 2010 03:28 pm

    Used Lightroom 3.0 (Beta) and my RAWDR presets to create 5 TIF exposures -2 -1 0 +1 +2 ev.
    Used Dynamic Photo HDR to merge the 5 exposures and tonemapped using smooth compressor.
    Used Paint.Net to set curves, resize, and sharpen.[eimg url='http://pentaxworld.com/gallery/albums/userpics/Nepal-4sc.jpg' title='Nepal-4sc.jpg']

  • Wilson Wong February 3, 2010 01:42 pm

    Actually it is not a clothes line but buddhist prayer flags... just in case we got someone who is well versed in tibetan buddhism hot and bothered.

  • Photo February 3, 2010 11:05 am

    I also added a dark vignette on the corners. It is not present in the photo i posted. (Do u guys think the mountains are 2 washed out?)

  • Tedd Van Diest February 3, 2010 10:33 am

    Here is my crop...

    First, i brought it into Adobe Lightroom 2.5, then i cropped it, applied the Creative - B&W Low Contrast present in Lightroom, adusted black clipping to -5, bumped the clarity to +100, then exported it to, ahemmm... Photoshop 6.0, cleaned up 2 spots at the top of the picture, resized it, uploaded it to my site, posted comment, and wait for Photoshop 6.0 jokes.

    [eimg url='http://tedd.us/photos/Nepal-BW-sm.jpg' title='Nepal-BW-sm.jpg']

  • Tedd February 3, 2010 10:28 am

    Here is my crop... First, i brought it into Adobe Lightroom 2.5, then i cropped it, applied the Creative - B&W Low Contrast present in Lightroom, adusted black clipping to -5, bumped the clarity to +100, then exported it to, ahemmm... Photoshop 6.0, cleaned up 2 spots at the top of the picture, resized it, uploaded it to my site, posted comment, and wait for Photoshop 6.0 jokes.

    [eimg url='http://tedd.us/photos/Nepal-BW-sm.jpg' title='Nepal-BW-sm.jpg']

  • kate.si February 3, 2010 10:11 am

    I'm gonna try this one more time. Basically I just had a few layers to make the sky deeper, the ground darker and added red to the ground then rotated and cropped.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/katesi/4325260622/

  • Frank Joswig February 3, 2010 09:32 am

    Sorry,
    I added my link wrong with my message.
    Here is the link (hope it works)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/frankjcd/4325846050/

    Hi,
    A lot of peaks and a long clothes line.
    I decided to crop it down and focus on the forward tall peak and the pole. Landscapes are often “landscape” but I chose portrait to give it some height and include the brown slope.

    Here is what I did:
    Photoshop Elements 7
    In Camera RAW I adjusted white balance picking off a snow bank on the glacier.
    Then I applied sharpening Amount 50, Radius 1.5, Detail 50
    Opened file in Elements, cropped to portrait.
    Added adjustment layer, Levels.
    In RGB the original values showed, 0,1.00,255.
    I increased the highlights by moving the slider to the left to 165
    Mid-tones I changed to 0.90.

    This is fun, thanks for the opportunity!

  • Technical Tim February 3, 2010 07:50 am

  • Technical Tim February 3, 2010 07:47 am

    This image reminded me of one that my good friend Gary (Chiwalatta) showed me of his trip to a similar location. I dropped the RAW file in ACR and increased the fill light by +25, clarity +50 and vibrance +25. I also adjusted the individual saturation of the red, orange, yellow, green & Blue on the HSL tab (+25, +50, +20, +20, +25). I then opened in CS3 and tweaked the levels with a small amount of dodge & Burn and a final sharpen/crop.

  • kate.si February 3, 2010 07:29 am

    pburd the same exact thing happened to me. And I usually copy comments just in case that does happen so I can try and resubmit them. Except this site said I'd just submitted a duplicate comment. So where in cyberspace did it go?

  • v_roma February 3, 2010 06:13 am

    At this risk of incurring the wrath of every viewer of this website, here is the correct link:

    http://s817.photobucket.com/albums/zz96/v_roma/?action=view&current=Nepal.jpg

    Apologies for the three posts in a row...

  • v_roma February 3, 2010 06:11 am

    Man, this is a very finicky commenting system. Here is the link that should've gone with my post above:

    http://s817.photobucket.com/albums/zz96/v_roma/

  • v_roma February 3, 2010 06:10 am

    Trying one more time in case it's a problem with image size.

    First of all, great picture. The raw materials were all there, pun intended :) I'm not photography professional, so this is more of a viewer's opinion than anything else, but I thought the main problem with the original was that it was too dark and the colors were a little dull. Here is what I did:

    * Brought it into RAW.
    * Cropped extra sky and ground, which coincidentally ended up fairly similar to the original edit.
    * Increase exposure to +1.85.
    * Increased blacks slightly to 10.
    * Increased clarity and vibrance to 60. I love the vibrance tool, which allows you to bring out dull colors while leaving those that are already saturated alone.
    * Chose strong contrast for the tone curve, which is more of a personal preference than something the photo necessarily needed.
    * Added what I hope was subtle post crop vignetting.

    No edits in photoshop itself, just converted to 8-bit and saved it as a jpeg.

  • v_roma February 3, 2010 06:05 am

    First of all, great picture. The raw materials were all there, pun intended :) I'm not photography professional, so this is more of a viewer's opinion than anything else, but I thought the main problem with the original was that it was too dark and the colors were a little dull. Here is what I did:

    * Brought it into RAW.
    * Cropped extra sky and ground, which coincidentally ended up fairly similar to the original edit.
    * Increase exposure to +1.85.
    * Increased blacks slightly to 10.
    * Increased clarity and vibrance to 60. I love the vibrance tool, which allows you to bring out dull colors while leaving those that are already saturated alone.
    * Chose strong contrast for the tone curve, which is more of a personal preference than something the photo necessarily needed.
    * Added what I hope was subtle post crop vignetting.

    No edits in photoshop itself, just converted to 8-bit and saved it as a jpeg.

    [eimg url='http://s817.photobucket.com/albums/zz96/v_roma/' title='v_roma']

  • Frank Joswig February 3, 2010 04:04 am

    Hi,
    A lot of peaks and a long clothes line.
    I decided to crop it down and focus on the forward tall peak and the pole. Landscapes are often "landscape" but I chose portrait to give it some height and include the brown slope.

    Here is what I did:
    Photoshop Elements 7
    In Camera RAW I adjusted white balance picking off a snow bank on the glacier.
    Then I applied sharpening Amount 50, Radius 1.5, Detail 50
    Opened file in Elements, cropped to portrait.
    Added adjustment layer, Levels.
    In RGB the original values showed, 0,1.00,255.
    I increased the highlights by moving the slider to the left to 165
    Mid-tones I changed to 0.90.

    This is fun, thanks for the opportunity!

  • PBurd February 3, 2010 02:44 am

    Typed in my information, pasted in the link, saved and presto, it disappeared. Neat trick, huh? This happens often, I'm done with adding pics.

  • Danielle February 3, 2010 02:33 am

    I loved the composition of this image, but didn't really care for the exposure. I chose to brighten it a little bit and add some more contrast using the "curves" tool and the "brightness contrast" tool. I wanted to keep the deep color of the dirt but make the sky more blue and the clouds more white (rather than grayish). I also burnt the edges a bit to add some more color. Here is my result.

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/imove/4324936175/' title='shy' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2783/4324936175_16f687f174_o.jpg']

  • PBurd February 3, 2010 02:27 am

    My eyes went immediately from the colorful flags to the expanse of dull brown earth. Using the trim tool I remove most of the bottom and a little of the sky to re-balance it.
    I changed the WB to Shade, Contrast (-1), Highlight (3), Shadow (-3), Color tone (1), Color saturation (4) and Sharpness I bumped up to (4). I finished it adding Brightness of 0.83.[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/kpburd/4324912929/' title='Nepal' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4047/4324912929_d95c7bf4cc.jpg']

  • Tom Knoflook February 3, 2010 01:59 am

    Hi,

    I just Lightroom 2.6

    First I tried different profiles, I liked ACR 4.4 the most.
    Then I found a pleasing white balance.
    Next I applied auto exposure and auto black point.
    I tweaked recovery and fill light until pleasing.
    Then I changed the crop. I didn't like the horizontal line, so I intentionally rotated the image and cropped, so
    the lines go to the corners and there is some rising in the mountain ridge.
    This also removed the most visible spots out of the way.
    A graduated filter was applied to the bottom right corner to lighten it up a little.
    I the tweaked saturation and luminance of different colors, to make the flags stand out more. and to lighten the orange in the mountain.
    Finally with the adjustment brush I lightened up bottom of the mountain a little more, and darkened the middle flags a little.
    Oh, and then some clarity, of course.

    [eimg url='http://knoflook.org/nepal.jpg' title='nepal.jpg']

    Here a the settings :
    WB:
    Temp 5350
    Tint +6

    Tone:
    Exposure +1.45
    Recovery 27
    Fill Light 12
    Blacks 12

    Brightness +39
    Contrast +79

    Presence:

    Clarity +62
    Vibrance -5

    Saturation:
    Red +60
    Orange +24
    Yellow +24
    Blue +27

    Luminance:

    Orange +33
    Yellow -19
    Green -43
    Blue +26
    Purple -43

    Profile:
    ACR 4.4

    Regards, Tom

  • Tom Knoflook February 3, 2010 01:57 am

    Hi,

    I just Lightroom 2.6

    First I tried different profiles, I liked ACR 4.4 the most.
    Then I found a pleasing white balance.
    Next I applied auto exposure and auto black point.
    I tweaked recovery and fill light until pleasing.
    Then I changed the crop. I didn't like the horizontal line, so I intentionally rotated the image and cropped, so
    the lines go to the corners and there is some rising in the mountain ridge.
    This also removed the most visible spots out of the way.
    A graduated filter was applied to the bottom right corner to lighten it up a little.
    I the tweaked saturation and luminance of different colors, to make the flags stand out more. and to lighten the orange in the mountain.
    Finally with the adjustment brush I lightened up bottom of the mountain a little more, and darkened the middle flags a little.
    Oh, and then some clarity, of course.

    [eimg url='http://knoflook.org/nepal.jpg' title='nepal.jpg']

    Here a the settings :
    WB:
    Temp 5350
    Tint +6

    Tone:
    Exposure +1.45
    Recovery 27
    Fill Light 12
    Blacks 12

    Brightness +39
    Contrast +79

    Presence:

    Clarity +62
    Vibrance -5

    Saturation:
    Red +60
    Orange +24
    Yellow +24
    Blue +27

    Luminance:

    Orange +33
    Yellow -19
    Green -43
    Blue +26
    Purple -43

    Profile:
    ACR 4.4

    Regards, Tom

  • Andre LeFort February 3, 2010 01:56 am

    Not sure if my previous post worked at all...

    Here's my final product: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mel-n-dre/4324845997/sizes/l/

    And you can see my changes in the Original Image's EXIF Data:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mel-n-dre/4324845997/sizes/o/

  • Andre LeFort February 3, 2010 01:53 am

    Here's my version of the original:

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/mel-n-dre/4324845997/' title='DPS Monthly Critique/Edit (January '10)' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2791/4324845997_d36e6a37ea.jpg']

    To view my changes, check out the EXIF data in the full size image on flickr:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mel-n-dre/4324845997/sizes/o/

  • Wilson Wong February 2, 2010 11:17 pm

    This is what I did.

    1. Leveling it up by pulling the two levels at the ends of the histograms
    2. Add overlay 50% gray layer and did a gray to white gradiet to deepen the blue sky at the top and brighten up the flags and the foot of the mountain range
    3.Add layer of curves adjustment with a very slight 's' curve to bring out the colour of flags.
    4. Unsharp mask at 50% radius 2.0 threshold 0
    5. Find that the curve of the flags actually add dynamism to the whole scene, and the foot of the mountain shows vastness so I left the whole scene as it is.

    The link to the completed image (somehow the thing don't work)

    http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=Ts19X9H0

  • Carl February 2, 2010 11:16 pm

    I processed your RAW file as a "0EV" exposure even though you stated it was -1 1/3 EV. I then processed it 4 additional times as a -3EV, -2EV, -1EV and a +1EV. I ran the 5 exposures through Dynamic Photo HDR and saved the result using the program's default settings.

    In Photoshop Elements 7 I did the following:
    1. Corrected vignette by lightening +35
    2. Adjusted levels pulling down the white point from +255 to +194, and raising the black point from 0 to +13.
    3. Cropped a bit off the bottom to eliminate the distracting light colored rock in the lower left corner.
    4. Adjusted Shadows/Highlights: Shadows 10%, Highlights 5%, Midtone contrast 10%
    5. Used the spot healing brush to clean up 8 sensor dust specks.
    6. Used unsharp mask at 30%, radius 1 pixel and 0 threshold

    http://ic2.pbase.com/g3/60/885260/2/121613434.TDfPQfUS.jpg

  • SJlarue February 2, 2010 06:38 pm

    Here's my take,Great picture but exposure and crop need to highlight the FG and Mountains...too much sky in the original. So first I did auto exposure in ACR then I adjusted the camera calibration setting to camera landscape. I then opened in CS3 and skewed it a little followed by a crop.

  • rabin February 2, 2010 05:53 pm

    Yay Nepal! That's my country :)

  • Bengt February 2, 2010 02:44 pm

    Anything you need to know about gimp http://photoandpictures.com/gimp-free-and-open-source-alternative-to-adobe-photoshop/

  • PotatoEYE February 2, 2010 01:18 pm

    http://www.ljplus.ru/img4/m/o/moontemple/Nepal.jpg

    DxO conversion, added vibrance, cropped

  • ChrisC February 2, 2010 01:17 pm

    Hm, evidently img tags don't work? Anyways here's a link to mine:
    http://www.cornbread.org/Pictures/nepal.jpg

  • Darin House February 2, 2010 01:01 pm

    Changed White Balance to Cloudy
    Bumped the Exposure to +0.85
    Bumped the Brightness +98
    Bumped the Clarity and Vibrance +37
    Bumped Saturation +19

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v133/MOmilkman/Blogspot%20Photos/Nepal.jpg

  • ChrisC February 2, 2010 10:21 am

    Cropped it a little more than you did, converted to HDR and did a little tonemapping to bring up the sky. In Photoshop I did final leveling, added a small border, and did a little sharpening.

  • Photo February 2, 2010 09:03 am

    This is my edit of the Nepal image. I brought the raw (first time using raw) in to photoshop elements (got this past Christmas) and changed the white balance, shadows, highlights, and fixed spots. I also adjusted exposure. I then took it into Picasa and refined the shadowing further and cropped. Enjoy!

    [eimg url='http://lh4.ggpht.com/_Ll9UDwzbROg/S2ddaAIc_FI/AAAAAAAAA3c/_sFYYLzdAPY/s800/100_0455-01-01.jpg' title='100_0455-01-01.jpg']

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