Old 07-26-2012, 11:41 PM   #1
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There are quite a few night shots in the database of signals and signal bridges. I like this one with the APPROACH MEDIUM position light signals and the distant light hitting the rail. Any thoughts or suggestions to improve the shot would be appreciated.

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Old 07-26-2012, 11:57 PM   #2
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Hey Rich, nice signals and getting shots of them while they're still around is always a good thing but personally I think the ballast at lower left draws the eye away from the main subject, especially all lit up like that.
Also (I'm looking at this on a really old monitor - my very first flat-screen) the image quality looks really off with grain in the sky and dark tones to a degree that looks almost artificially induced. Like I said that could be the monitor, but it could also be PIQ. Hope this helps.

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Old 07-26-2012, 11:58 PM   #3
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It looks like the image quality is quite poor to me. It appears like the noise reduction pass was overdone, although I still see noise everywhere. Also, over the far left head there appears to be a mishap with a healing brush pass.

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Old 07-27-2012, 02:41 AM   #4
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It looks like the image quality is quite poor to me. It appears like the noise reduction pass was overdone, although I still see noise everywhere. Also, over the far left head there appears to be a mishap with a healing brush pass.

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Looks like there was a little movement too, did the tripod get bumped maybe?
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:01 AM   #5
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Also, over the far left head there appears to be a mishap with a healing brush pass.
Yeah, there's all kinds of funky stuff going on with that sky. Various textures, curved lines around the signals, etc. Some major clone work there, Burghman?
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate the comments. It helps me learn!

I went back to the original and just gave it a quick leveling/cropping without any other adjustments. Not sure what the strange effect is in the upper right. It isn't any spot healing because I didn't use any. Just a strange cloud above the trees perhaps?

I'm horrible in Photoshop. If anyone would feels the burning desire to play around the with the image, I'd love to see your results!

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Foreground over exposed but what's killing the shot the back ground is under exposed and the shot likely can't be saved. Overexposed can be pulled down but underexposed never looks good pulled up.
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:45 AM   #8
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It is a weird angle and a good part of the bridge is lost in the tree.

In a number of the classic signal shots, the whole signal is visible such as:

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