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Church of the Good Shepherd

By LesleyWalter
Taken in not the best light but was the only opportunity I had. So have enhanced in Photoshop but feel I may have overdone it. I would appreciate opinions please.

Tags: General Landscape and travel

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debu 10 India
24 Apr 2012 8:47AM
Super view, great capture.

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mhfore 13 8 176 England
24 Apr 2012 9:34AM
Hi Lesley,

A good well balanced ladscape to my eye, well done.

I have opened the image into ACR CS5. you said you use Photoshop so if you have this option once your in ACR select the eyedropper (third from left across the top I think) and click on something offwhite/grey, this is the white balance tool and will re set your image to a certain degree. Then open it into PS and make a copy, next go into your blend modes annd select "Overlay", reduce the effect to around 50-60% and erase the effect from everywhere but the hills and water, this will make them stand out a touch more. The go to "Filters" > "Other" > "High Pass" and select around 08-1.1, then back into your blend mode and this time select "Soft Light", this will sharpen things very slightly.

See what you think.

Take care
LesleyWalter 12 11 Australia
24 Apr 2012 10:36AM
Thank you Martin for your detailed suggestions. I have CS4 but will see if I can follow the workflow in that. I am always cautious of overdoing the adjustments though! Thanks again.
Steve-T Plus
13 56 66 England
24 Apr 2012 10:46AM
This is a pleasant landscape. I like the composition and the placement of the church in the picture. There looks to be good sharpness throughout. Have you overdone the processing? Well yes and no. Firstly, I don't think you have gone down the normal overdone route of massive contrast and saturation. You have however, condensed the tones so they have become a bit dull. When I reviewed the image a good three quarters of the image was stuck in midtone to dark tones. In trying perhaps to add drama to the sky you have ended up with blue/greyish unnatural sort of finish. So the solution is simply to brighten the image - ideally this would be done starting again from the original file (in the mod I found that I couldn't undo the sky so well). In the mod I used levels sliding from the right to point that just avoided burning out the highlights. This did not seem to do enough so I made a quick highlight mask and then applied some more brightning to get a more even tonal range. Hope that helps. Steve.
puertouk 8 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2012 10:50AM
Hi Khedarin, it would help if you had your Exif details, so we know how you took the image. Are you shooting in jpeg or raw? I would advise shooting in raw, especially if you have PS. The shot itself is great with the mountais as a backdrop. Plenty of subtle colours in the image.
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4138 Canada
24 Apr 2012 3:11PM
Its a little dull, and the colours, especially the sky done looik right.

The exif data shows quite a low shutter speed for the focal length, even with IS, so you just squeaked by. F/16 would have worked just as well as f/22 and allowed more room for the shutter speed.

I have loaded a mod that may work for you; the upper and lower sections of the image have had colour correction and contrast applied separately, and the mountain area appears slightly hazy on its own.


LesleyWalter 12 11 Australia
24 Apr 2012 10:57PM
Thank you all for the advice and critiques, very much appreciated. I can see clearly now how my rework falls down. I have always shot in Jpeg but have recently realised the advantages of RAW so intend to start shooting in that format in future. Unfortunately for my trip to New Zealand I was concerned about having enough memory, so shot all in Jpeg. Wish I could go back and start again, it was a fantastic country.
Steve-T Plus
13 56 66 England
25 Apr 2012 1:06AM
Remember that jpegs can be opened in Adobe's raw converter with all (I think) the functionality available to a raw file. Assuming that you have selected the largest jpeg file in the camera you should still be able to get some good results. I don't think you will be the first or last photographer to wish they could go back and start again!
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2012 2:25PM
The potential of a very nice composition but you have done something in the processing that has not helped. The general appeaarnce is flat with a line along the sky/hills interface. It's also not sharp anywhere, which may be your 1/25 sec - even if you used a tripod, wind can still cause movement. I would have gone for a wider aperture and faster shutter speed - no point trying to get huge depth of field if you then get motion blur.


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