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Caen Hill Lock

By DADREW    
Caen Hill Lock in Devizes, Wiltshire - 44 locks in succession! Take by drone (DJI Mini 2) which only sports a 12k camera.

The camera settings were on auto, I'm new to drones and was concentrating on the flying. Stitched together in Photoshop/Camera RAW and the edited.

I'm really after feedback on the overall edit. There isn't not much I can do about the quality of the camera. It was early morning so although its sunrise, it was still quite dark so manual settings may have helped me a little.

Its a big file I'm afraid but was told last time to post the large file rather than reduced for web images.!

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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
24 Apr 2021 9:32PM
It looks as if you'd used some sort of HDR-effect filter here, and that's the big downside to the whole thing.

There's a characteristic weak look to the shadows, contrasting with real HDR which uses multiple exposures at different exposures, and has a full tonal range.

Underneath that is a very lovely image, and an impressive bit of stitching. Do you have a version before you did the processing? I've done a 15-second edit with Levels - it's not perfect, but it has body that the version you posted doesn't, to my mind...

I'd love to see a from-scratch edit... And that 12mp camera's not so shabby, I'd say.
DADREW 2 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2021 10:02PM
Its not an HDR image, more likely an over edit by me! I agree taht the DJI Mini 2 camera is pretty good to be fair,
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2404 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2021 8:34AM
I have absolutely no practical experience of drone photography, but I have seen it done and been impressed by the potential. (The activity was photographing an archaeological site, that we were photographing on the ground, so very different).

I reckon you have done a very good job in stitching and editing this, though John (dudler)'s modification does further enhance. The problem, I think, is that a combination of factors - the camera's angle to the land, slight haze in the atmosphere, the extremes of light and dark with the direct view of the sun - was stretching the camera's capabilities. It would be interesting to see a similar exercise conducted at a different time of day with the sun behind you.

I also wonder if it is possible to fly a bit higher so that the angle to the view is not so oblique? I do think that haze is a factor here. From my observations of other people doing this, the best results were definitely from looking directly down rather than across, there was a very marked difference. But as I said, this is way outside my comfort zone!
Moira
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
25 Apr 2021 12:16PM
I think I want to see the pre-edited image even more now! And it's there, so I shall have a play. I see the difficulty you face.

And please tell us what you did in editing - Moira hasn't said it here, but she often comments that at every stage, it's worth looking at the result, and asking yourself if the last step has improved the image. If not, go back! Less really can be more.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
25 Apr 2021 6:29PM
I have no experience of drones either, but what I can comment on is the result. That's what counts, and you did ask for commenmt on the editing.

I think you've done well bringing out that etail from what is a very underexposed shot, so he drone camera isn't so bad at all. That aid you have the full size file to make more critical judgments.

Is there a way to preview the image from the drone and adjust exposure? There may be but if you're new to it maybe it's a feaure you haven't found yet.
There's a lot of sky too, and while cropping will help if you had ben able to point the camera downwar more it looks like you'd have plenty of good foreground interest. Having half the picture of featureles sky isn't so interesting - the usual landscape guidelines still apply as do those of panoramas.
I like Simon's mod, just because you shoot such a wide space doesn't mean you need to use all the shots. That said I wouldn't have cropped so much form the right. All I'm suggesting is that there are options, which is good, but difficult to suggest which may be 'best' especially looking on sreen when a large printed version would be so much more involving.

I'll add to Moira's suggestion of having the light coming from a diffent direction. I think sidelighting would work very well here, though looking at his and where the sun is ising, sidelighting would be much later in the day and at this time of year the sun would be very high then, so we're looking at later in the year (or ealier, too) Perhaps October when autumn is showing itself.

So treat this as a recce and a practice it's promising.
DADREW 2 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2021 6:58PM

Quote:I have no experience of drones either, but what I can comment on is the result. That's what counts, and you did ask for commenmt on the editing.

I think you've done well bringing out that etail from what is a very underexposed shot, so he drone camera isn't so bad at all. That aid you have the full size file to make more critical judgments.

Is there a way to preview the image from the drone and adjust exposure? There may be but if you're new to it maybe it's a feaure you haven't found yet.
There's a lot of sky too, and while cropping will help if you had ben able to point the camera downwar more it looks like you'd have plenty of good foreground interest. Having half the picture of featureles sky isn't so interesting - the usual landscape guidelines still apply as do those of panoramas.
I like Simon's mod, just because you shoot such a wide space doesn't mean you need to use all the shots. That said I wouldn't have cropped so much form the right. All I'm suggesting is that there are options, which is good, but difficult to suggest which may be 'best' especially looking on sreen when a large printed version would be so much more involving.

I'll add to Moira's suggestion of having the light coming from a diffent direction. I think sidelighting would work very well here, though looking at his and where the sun is ising, sidelighting would be much later in the day and at this time of year the sun would be very high then, so we're looking at later in the year (or ealier, too) Perhaps October when autumn is showing itself.

So treat this as a recce and a practice it's promising.



Thank you, probably worth a response from me on a couple of points.

1. Is there a way to preview the shot? - yes there is, my phone connects to the controller and I have full control of the camera if I set it to manual, at present Im still working on AUTO purely as Im still learning to control the drone with regards to flying.

2. I can take the drone higher, the UK law allows me to go to 120m above the take off location, the max I went to on this occasion was 35m so i have plenty to play with.

3. The angle of the image and the amount of sky isn't something I can control much as the drone has an auto panoramic function that I used. That said, if I can do it manually by simply slewing the drone on the spot (as you would pan a camera on a tripod).

4. Time of Day - the purpose of the shoot was a sunrise but I take the point that if it doesn't work then there's always next time when the sun isn't quite so bright.

Thanks for the comments.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
25 Apr 2021 7:07PM
Thanks for that extra info David, it helps a lot to see where you're at and some of the technical issues.

Going for a sunrise is fine, as with any landcape not every occasion works out.
With some high cloud in the sky catching the orange light abnd reflected in the water, hope you're there for that one Smile
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
25 Apr 2021 8:54PM
I think that a little bit of exposure compensation may be a help - though if your drone is as stable as some I've seen results from (check out Stevetheroofer's portfolio) you might be able to bracket exposures, and do actual, real HDR...
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2404 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2021 9:03AM
Thanks for your feedback, it makes so much difference. I hope you will persevere with this, we are all learning from it.

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