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BACKGROUND
Some of us may be familiar with Sherlock Holmes stories not taking the character and placing him in the modern world but keeping him the VICTORIAN AGE and such till seeing how dark GAS LAMP was how much better the light build is as well more safe makes me realize how glad I live now as i found walking around the basement of this place to be scary yet it was very bright outside.

IDEA
My idea, was to show how little light a GAS LAMP projects over even the lowest power of todays digital flash guns.

The post production techniques are I opened up in Camera-in-the-RAW where I fixed the colour balance, and then opened in Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 and then resized to met the requirements of this URL and from their using the UNSHARP mask till I was happy and last saved as JPEG for upload to this site.

Brand:PENTAX Corporation
Camera:Pentax *ist DL2 Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:10 Feb 2013 - 10:45 AM
Focal Length:35mm
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:0.3sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:GAS LIGHT
Username:TimothyDMorton TimothyDMorton
Uploaded:15 Feb 2013 - 12:14 AM
Tags:Canada, Downstairs, Dundurn castle, FIELD TRIP OF THE HAMILTON CAMERA CLUB, GAS LIGHT, General, Hamilton, Ontario
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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 4:34 PM

Hi Timothy

This is a really interesting project and I like the processing you've done. For me it really shows the mood of gas light and the yellow light cast that is given. In some respects its a shame about the gas flame causing flare but I quite like the contrast this provides so its use the clone tool to remove or leave as is depending on taste. Smile
However the big problem I have is the shade chain is not vertical Sad and for me this just has to be vertical, our eye expects anything hanging from the ceiling to go straight down and for me it was the first thing I noticed. I have loaded a mod to demonstrate how this changes the image.

Let me know what you think.

Eric Grin

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Jestertheclown
15 Feb 2013 - 9:28 PM

It's different!

It's also very dark as I assume the room would have been. A check in levels tells me that your using -1 compensation has resulted in it being underexposed by just about that amount.
Also, you might have been better off increasing the ISO to increase shutter speed and make the shot a little sharper.
The flame was always going to be blown against a background this dark.
As Eric says, the reflection is a matter of taste. I don't mind it particularly but it could be easily removed if you chose to.
Sorry if that all sounds a bit negative.

Bren.

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TimothyDMorton
15 Feb 2013 - 10:32 PM

Thanks, and appreciate all the techniques and hopefully will remember them the next time I find a GAS LAMP.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
16 Feb 2013 - 6:55 PM

Interesting. You could clone out the inverted flare towards the top and I would have cropped the top a bit and include more at the bottom. Gas lamps used to have a white ceramic string mantel in place which gave a much brighter light. Many touring caravans once had them. I wonder if there should have been one on this flame.

Did you use a tripod. It is a little unsharp and your shutter speed suggests a bit of movement. For this type of image you could have increased ISO quite a bit.

Paul

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