Long exposure lake shots in Sweden

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  1. Lord Commander

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    Hello! Here's some long exposure shots I took this weekend as I was exploring this lake area in Sweden. All shots taken with Fujifilm X-T2 16mm. Hope you enjoy!


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    Stunning set. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Super Set beautiful colours
     
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    Something to aspire too...
    Enjoyed them thanks.
     
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    Thanks for the kind words! They inspire me to get out and shoot more :D
     
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    Might want to play with your exposure times and the time of day you shoot...these are all pretty much flat and lifeless with exposures either too long for the scene, or too short. I think in most cases, too much sky. Just being honest.

    Edit left, your image right

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    Every time I read something new I realise just how little I actually know...

    Was that just exposure comp or something more complex, I do understand some of the other stuff, from a technical perspective at least.

    I am using, well trying to use, Rawtherapee and woinder if that is the best choice but I do not want to hijack this thread so will leave that for a new one.

    What I find interesting is that the new edit is clearly an improvement but the origional didnt look all that bad to me, until I had the comparison...
    However I do wonder if the scene wasnt actually quite dark in the shaddows, from a human perspective, and that the edit is bringing out stuff that would, in actuality, have been hidden to the naked eye.

    I am not saying I have an opinion as to which, if either, is right, mainly because it is very subjective and is as much abount intent and feel as it is detail.

    I would be interestred to here thopughts on the matter.

    I wonder if my own edits go a little too far, colour and sat wise, which is why I am asking.
    Another perspective, especially an informed one, or two, would be good to have.

    Am I overcomplicating? Is there a right and wrong with the more subtle stuff, and if so can it be learned?
     
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    It looks to me like the edited image just has a higher degree of contrast, a higher gamma so to speak , which I find much more well-suited and visually appealing on this scene. The higher contrast in comparison to original, low contrast and dim image presentation is quite remarkably better, at least in my mind.
     
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    It is a bit more than that as I worked the mid tone contrast to a more stable curve but in the end, it essentially accomplishes the same effect. It is extremely difficult to see "flat" over "lively," and that's what makes editing such a fun endeavor to teach.
     
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    I certainly didn't make the edit to discourage the poster but rather to point out what I saw as a flat image and thus perhaps provide a learning moment for him. I learned more from others critiquing my work than I ever did out of any book.
     
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    Wow, thanks! This is helpful indeed. It is true that the time of day wasn't optimal, it got too dark too quickly. But I'm not sure how to up the contrast, when I do the image gets super dark. But I do have a mid tones slider that I will play with more. Pretty much all of the above photos needed to be lightened up, I used mainly the shadows slider for that, but it introduces noise. So I'm a bit conservative about it cause I don't want to much noise in my image. I'll definitely try to be on site earlier for more light though next time, and experiment more with the mid tones.

    When you say "I worked the mid tone contrast to a more stable curve" is that an actual curve you can look at to help get a better result or is it like an eye measurement that comes from experience?
     
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    Thanks for posting. A nice reminder about some of the opportunities with long exposure.
     
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