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Old 01-21-2010, 09:00 PM   #196
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Thoughts on "Technicolor"

When I got the Tokina 11-16 it was because I had a craving to go wide and get everything in. I have not yet even begun to explore the possibilities of going in close for the creative distortion/emphasis effect.

I feel like I got lucky with the exposure on this shot since the sign was not blown out like it always seems to be for everything else I shot at night. It buffed up quite nicely in photoshop too..... This leads me to believe that you expose the image to reign in the blow outs and blinkies and then open up the rest of the image with the fill light adjustment in the "Camera Raw" editing software.

I feel so fortunate to be photographing in an age where one can use software like photoshop to bring the image out of the camera and align it with ones intentions for the image.

To me it's almost like living in the golden age of "Technicolor" which was used in the late 40's and early 50's. Disney utilized Technicolor for Snow white and Fantasia!
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:19 PM   #197
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^Excellent shot, I have one just like it from during the day. The only suggestion I might make, if you're interested, is maybe opening it in Photoshop and using an adjustment layer to darken the sky just a tad (and then mask out the rest, as the editing for the rest of the image is spot-on). Either way, beautiful work!
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:54 PM   #198
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Mission Space at night



I took a gajillion exposures of Mission Space at night hoping to HDR some of them. First attempt at HDR was a mess. (I haven't had the time to learn how to work my software)

This one is just old Camera raw processing with further refinement in Photoshop (Levels, Hue, Contrast). Cropped it and topped it with a copyright notice.

Connect to my flicker site for the story of my daring do in capturing this shot. Note to self, must wear ninja pajamas for night photography on next trip.

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Old 01-24-2010, 10:30 PM   #199
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I took a gajillion exposures of Mission Space at night hoping to HDR some of them. First attempt at HDR was a mess. (I haven't had the time to learn how to work my software)

This one is just old Camera raw processing with further refinement in Photoshop (Levels, Hue, Contrast). Cropped it and topped it with a copyright notice.

Connect to my flicker site for the story of my daring do in capturing this shot. Note to self, must wear ninja pajamas for night photography on next trip.

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Cool shot! What's your flickr site..am I missing it?
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:36 PM   #200
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:45 PM   #201
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Cool shot! What's your flickr site..am I missing it?

Thanks!
Just click on the picture to peep at my flicker site.

Here is a link (I think ) http://www.flickr.com/photos/45933094@N08/
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:55 AM   #202
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Nice shots everyone! I was wondering if any of you know how to fix the distortion problem when shooting buildings and if you could post a little tutorial for us noobs. I have the Sigma 10-20. I have PSCS3 and NX2, but know next to nothing about using them.
Here are a couple of shots that I would like to correct in CS3 if possible. Both were shot at 10mm. Help! Thanks!


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Old 01-25-2010, 08:23 AM   #203
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Nice shots everyone! I was wondering if any of you know how to fix the distortion problem when shooting buildings and if you could post a little tutorial for us noobs. I have the Sigma 10-20. I have PSCS3 and NX2, but know next to nothing about using them.
Here are a couple of shots that I would like to correct in CS3 if possible. Both were shot at 10mm. Help! Thanks!



A quick google search found this:

http://www.khulsey.com/photoshop_tut...orrection.html
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:24 AM   #204
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:54 AM   #205
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Just as a little note on shooting with UWA lenses - most of the lenses for UWA sold nowadays are 'rectilinear' lenses - which essentially means they've been designed to minimize distortion on the vertical and horizontal lines when shooting - they emphasize the distortion control most in the center of the frame, with a sharper drop off near the corners. However, this is based on shooting straight-on to your subject - level shooting is crucial to avoid distortion. As soon as you tilt the shooting angle upwards or downwards from the horizon line, you introduce extreme distortion effects.

While this can be very desirable and intended, making for some very cool shots, it should be a tool in your arsenal to use when you want it, not something that happens unintentionally and requiring lots of correction in post processing. So think about the way you are shooting the shot, and decide if distortion is wanted or not. If not, shoot nice and level, straight on to the horizon, 90 degrees from your subject's vertical lines. The lens will usually do an amazing job of keeping those lines nice and straight, without the barrel distortion and perspective skew. If you want that cool UWA distortion effect, then play around with your shooting angle and have fun!
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:55 PM   #206
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First shot: tilting up because if I went back any further to get the top of the building in I'd be in the lagoon. (Cast members have a problem with photography nuts being in the lagoon )



Second shot: the miracle of photoshop.



The moral of this story: Sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do and you see if you can fix it later.

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You can also use Photoshop's "free transform" tool to fix the issue without having to crop (or without having to crop as much); however, this is not "scientific" (for lack of a better term) and you can end up with odd results. Still, it's what I use most of the time. Normally, I duplicate the layer before doing the transformation so I can use the layer under if it becomes necessary to mask.

EDIT: looks like that article discusses free transform. I have to say I use it in a different manner...when I use it (which is not often as I like the distortion) I normally stretch the photo in ways that 'hide' distortion and possibly actually introduce more distortion that somehow compensates for the original distortion. Yes, my technical knowledge is very limited. I just "do stuff" that looks good to me...
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Very nice before and after demonstration. Any idea if Photoshop Elements can do this?

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First shot: tilting up because if I went back any further to get the top of the building in I'd be in the lagoon. (Cast members have a problem with photography nuts being in the lagoon )



Second shot: the miracle of photoshop.



The moral of this story: Sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do and you see if you can fix it later.

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Great job! I bookmarked that link since I have ordered my Tokina. It's on backorder, but it will show up eventually. I imagine I'll need to try some straightening myself.

Lovely shot though! What a warm photo!
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Old 01-25-2010, 03:24 PM   #210
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QUOTE: mom2rtk Great job! I bookmarked that link since I have ordered my Tokina. It's on backorder, but it will show up eventually. I imagine I'll need to try some straightening myself.

Until Dave (SaturnDB) posted that link, I hadn't found out how to do that yet on Photoshop. I took a Community College course but we didn't get to that in the software. Now that I have found it, I got busy noodling around and now I have another "tool" in my photo editing tool box! (Thanks again Dave!! )

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Quote:Lovely shot though! What a warm photo!

Thanks! I like the warm ones vs trying to fiddle with the white balance. I think the stone on the facades is a tan color and they seem to be lit with a not very white light so the yellow is really working overtime here. I'll take the warm tones vs the 'tighty whiteys' anyday!
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