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This valley was photographed at Mt.Baldy, CA.

It was so beautiful and I used CPF during photograph. One thing I'm not so impressed with CPF is that even though it improves the dynamic range, it makes the colours a bit dull. I would like to know how colour boosting can be achieved.
Any constructive criticism is very much appreciated.

Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-105mm VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:The valley
Username:thevamaranr thevamaranr
Uploaded:20 Oct 2010 - 8:31 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2010 - 9:28 PM

hi,
the problem with the saturation is more to do with the exposure,

the sky is overexposed and so is the foreground which has been rendered 18% grey by the matrix metering.

the dynamic range between the sky and foreground is beyond the sensor, so the only ways around are using grad filters or hdr / photomerging

ive mutiplied a couple of layers in photoshop so you can see the difference in saturation that can be achieved with no more than a few tweaks post processing or by taking steps to expose correctly in camera

compositionally its nice with the recession into the distance although the foreground is a little barren. the horizontal format across the top half would have been stronger

i think its a little oversharpened

hope this helps
Phil

Last Modified By NEWMANP at 20 Oct 2010 - 9:31 PM

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Eviscera
Eviscera e2 Member 81104 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2010 - 11:29 PM

Added a quick workflow for you.

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thevamaranr
21 Oct 2010 - 1:08 AM

Thank you Phil and Eviscera. This is awesome. I need to learn to expose better. I'm still struggling with finding the "correct" exposure.

Thank you once again.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2010 - 7:09 AM

Yes, you have over exposed a little and that has weakened your colours. You have a nice strong composition but the general lightness reduces the impact. Both mods work, but I prefer the second.

always check the LCD and histogram if you have time. The greatest single advantage of digital over film is the ability to immediately check exposure (etc.) and put it right on the spot.

Paul

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thevamaranr
21 Oct 2010 - 7:30 PM

Thanks Paul.

Fillip, thanks for the modification. Isn't it too sharp now?

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thevamaranr
1 Nov 2010 - 4:47 PM

Oh, Sorry Frank for miswriting your name. I think I confused your name with the 1st one Phill and somehow typed Fillip. I understand what you mean. Thanks a lot. Smile

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