Prelude to Cherry blossoms ,,,

by Mark May. 07, 2009 4935 views

I would be thankful for any advice in squeezing a bit more out of this shot. I got a lot of kind comments for the end result [] which is the result of going back to the original jpg and keeping it as simple as possible,but I've a very definate feeling it could be improved.

Here's the original shot. Naturaly I wanted the cherry trees to be illuminated by the moon …

I thought I would try and salvage what I could with some pseudo HDR processing of the raw file. Unfortunately it turmed night into day and wreaked psychedelic havoc with the picture. Here I'v toned it down a much as I could but I can't get rid of the red cast from the artificial lighting without the whole picture going psychedelic.


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Paolo Martini 7 years, 9 months ago


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Stefan Fletcher 8 years, 4 months ago

I think the previous post (which went into my favourites) is the most successful. It reminded me of Wynn Bullock's work. Here, in the RAW capture it might be worth creating a layer mask and increasing the exposure in just the foreground. The clouds lose their mystery in Nos. 2 and 3 and just become messy. Some selective sharpening (of the foreground) might be in order. You can also recover the colours by selectively desaturating the red channel or dialing down the luminance values for red and orange.
Well, you did ask...

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Boszorka65 8 years, 4 months ago

Very nice set!

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Sandyk 8 years, 4 months ago

nice set!

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Mehdi Saharkhiz 8 years, 4 months ago

very nice

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Mike 8 years, 4 months ago

Very cool!

Good work!

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