Old 06-16-2008, 04:05 PM   #1
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Both of these night shots were rejected for bad contrast... any help to fix the contrast up to RP standards would be much appreciated.


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Old 06-17-2008, 12:24 AM   #2
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I really like the 2nd shot. It needs some more contrast.
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Old 06-17-2008, 12:40 AM   #3
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I'm not a night shot guy, but that first one, geesh, where is the black? It's night! Seriously, the left side of that shot, overkill on shadows/highlights or something, just looks weird. Not natural at all.

Second one, maybe a much diminished version of the same problem, maybe just lower overall exposure and it will be fine. I'm not sure.
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:13 AM   #4
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Thanks for your help, J and WKU, I really appreciate it.

Are these at least a step in the right direction?

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=537532&key=0

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=239698225

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Old 06-17-2008, 02:34 AM   #5
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2 looks a lot better

1 still looks unnatural to me. The contrast is improved, but to my eye it is too bright overall and so needs to go darker overall.

I'd make 2 somewhat darker also, but remember, I'm not a night shots sort of guy
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I went with a different method, and I think it's working.

I adjusted the white balance, and went with a cooler setting (6500 degrees to 5400 degrees in raw therapee) and bumped contrast up +10 (resized for uploading too btw)

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Pretty much the same fix here. Went from 6500 degrees to 5400 degrees white balance, and +15 contrast, with a knock in image quality to upload

Very nice shots btw!

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Thank you all very much for your help. Loyd, your suggestions did the trick...thank you!!

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