How is this photo? Too bright???

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  1. hankejp

    hankejp TPF Noob!

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    I was looking for a bit of advice. Looking at this picture that was recently taken, I was wondering what you tihnk of this picture. I'm not sure if it's a little bright and shoul've been darkend a bit or what.

    Thanks

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  2. Johnboy2978

    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    by the shadows it looks like it was early afternoon, around 1:30 maybe? And the sun was just overhead. The sunny 16 rule would apply which means aperture set to f/16 and shutter speed of 1/125 and ISO 100 should get it pretty close. No idea what your settings were, but yeah, it looks a little bright on the equipment.
     
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    A nice pastoral scene but over-exposed in my opinion.
     
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    I agree with john. It is a bit bright and harsh, and maybe undercontrasted. I can show you what to do in PP if you'll allow me.
     
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    It looks properly exposed to me. It's just taken in the bright midday sun which is always going to be somewhat harsh. If you have the software, you can lower the exposure a half stop or so and see how that looks to you.
     
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    Really nice scene though. Get yourself a circular polarizer and it would probably have made that scene pop.

    BTW, you have some schmootz on your sensor- look at the sky in the upper right. (and I hope that line on the left is a power line- you should clone that out.)
     
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    I would like to see what can be done with the picture. A couple of dumb questions, but what is PP and where can I find all these rules? I found the rule of thirds. Is there somewhere on this site that has the rules of photography?

    Thanks for all the comments.
     
  8. manaheim

    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    PP=post processing (editing in photoshop or gimp, etc.)

    On rules? Yack. Good luck. :lol:

    I was thinking about this earlier today. There have to be 100 or so things I go through in my head with nearly every shot I take while on a site. The 100 or so things differ with each shot, each site, each situation, etc. They come out of a stock of thousands. :lol:

    I'm exagerating, yes, but the thing is there is a lot. Photography (IMO) is something you really just need to struggle with. A lot of picture taking, a lot of mistakes, a lot of small lessons.
     
  9. hankejp

    hankejp TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the answers Manaheim. I do have Photoshop and lowered the brightness of the picture. It looks a lot better. That picture was taken arount 5:30 P.M. too. I lowered the brightness -26 and looks a ton better.
     
  10. manaheim

    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well, post the new version so we can see!
     
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    hankejp TPF Noob!

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    Here is the photo with te brightness turned down 26:

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  12. manaheim

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    Maybe a little too dark, there. In the end you're shot by the simple fact that the scene had some harsh lighting... no matter what you do, that will cause you some issues.

    Like I said, look into a circular polarizer. It's relatively short money that does wonders with situations like this. If you're curious of the effect, look at this thread where I posted some pics I took with one:

    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=136887
     

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