Old 01-28-2008, 10:19 PM   #1
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What do you guys think. It was rejected because it was too dark. Had I made it any brighter the highlights in the sky would start to burn...

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Old 01-28-2008, 10:28 PM   #2
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I've had some success using the "clarify" tool in Paint Shop Pro, I assume it's in PS as well. That might help...

Good luck otherwise - a very cool shot, but I agree with the screener.
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Old 01-28-2008, 10:42 PM   #3
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Isolate the background out and just lighten the pier and water.

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Old 01-28-2008, 11:02 PM   #4
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Isolate the background out and just lighten the pier and water.
What he said. Use the mask feature and brighten the foreground...
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:55 PM   #5
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What do you guys think. It was rejected because it was too dark. Had I made it any brighter the highlights in the sky would start to burn...

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=475579&key=0

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As already mentioned, to avoid blowing out the sky, use multiple layers, brighten and then combine with a layer mask. I think this shot also looks pretty cool in a monochrome conversion:
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:37 AM   #6
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Personally, I like the colour version more for the blue tint. Adds mood.
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Old 01-29-2008, 02:04 AM   #7
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What do you guys think. It was rejected because it was too dark. Had I made it any brighter the highlights in the sky would start to burn...

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=475579&key=0

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Two quick comments. First of all, in general, one can make lots of adjustments to a shot besides a simple brightness adjustment that shifts the histogram to the right and blows the highlights.

But second, I think this shot falls into a "between" range for RP, too light for silhouette, too dark for a regular moody sort of shot.

I think it would work much better in the "moody" realm if you cropped from the left and top. I think it will have more of a feel of a dark main element with a bright glow in the clouds, without the distractions on the margins that considerably soften the "message" or theme. Oh, take a bit from the right also. So the shot becomes the pier and the main cloud as focal points, more of a direct contrast between the two tonalities also, and there is less extraneous stuff that sort of occupies the middle ground but adds nothing to tonality or composition.
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