Sunset Pics. Hows my processing?

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  1. Tighearnach

    Tighearnach TPF Noob!

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    Hi

    Below is a pic a processed a bit through Elements 7. Levels and Colour saturation really.

    First pic is original
    Second pic is processed version
    Third is another pic with similar treatment.
    I am just interested in peoples opinions. Does the original look better or the processed version?

    Thanks as always
    T

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    I think you went a bit too far on the processing in #2, almost to the point where I prefer the original. I like that you can see the outline of the tree clearly in #1 whereas its a struggle in #2. With a bit more playing you should be able to bring out the colours in the sky without darkening the rest of the shot too much.
     
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    I prefer #1 by far. I would try not to crop off tree tops the next time....
     
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    Thanks for the comments. So whats the best approach for sunset shots like this. Do you need to seperate the sky and foreground and do seperate levels, colour work on each?
     
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    You could either use a GND or what I do is shoot two different exposures, one for the shadows and one for the highlights and blend them using Layer Mask in CS2. I posted a short 'tutorial' here. If you read this, go to the second page too.
     
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    Thanks for linking the tutorial. Any others care to comment?
     

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