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Kirkintilloch Sunrise

By 4T  
A photo of the sunrise in the local park. It does not really look as nice at any other time, just a personal view.

Tags: Landscape Landscape and travel

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2 Apr 2012 5:36PM
Focus Man Re Exif detail. Unlucky for me I bought a Nikon L120 Bridge Camera??? .... Junk. Cant alter the settings it does it auto, A major mistake on my part. Had a wee fuji camera now broke. So saved the pennies to by a replacement camera, and bought Junk instead. I have however managed to purchase a secondhand CanonEOS 20D so when i get to figure out the settings on that, I hope to improve. Thanks for the comment though.
My idea in the shot was to retain the reflection in the water, but point taken.
mhfore Plus
10 6 176 England
2 Apr 2012 6:50PM
Hi Don,

I can see by your pf that you like capturing reflections and you do have some in this image that can be brought back from the darkness. I'm not sure which programme your using for processing so I can only speak for PS. If you go the "Levels" or Exposure" when the window appera's they will have other choices than default or Auto, click on defalut and see what else comes up. Look at an area in your image that you feel needs adjusting and once you've made the right selection erase it from the rest of the image, this is how I have adjusted the image in the mod. see what you think.

Take care
Jestertheclown Plus
9 7.6k 252 England
2 Apr 2012 10:44PM
As Martin says, 'levels' would normally be the first thing that I'd look at, closely followed by 'curves' to make the first adjustments.
However, I'm not sure what you're using as an editor so I've produced a mod. using 'Picasa's' new tools (I preferred the original, pre-Piknik ones) in which I've tried to replicate what would be a shadows/highlights adjustment using CS5/6.
Sadly, I think that I may have overdone it a bit but you'll hopefully see what I've tried to do.
Hope this helps.


Edit; I cropped a bit from the RHS and the bottom too.
3 Apr 2012 12:00PM
Thanks guy's I will take note of your comments and appreciate the tips and help.Thank you. All.
DRicherby Plus
9 269 725 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2012 12:48AM
I'm afraid I don't get a huge amount out of this shot because there's not much happening on the ground, which is very dark, or in the sky. This is one of those scenes that invariably looks better when you're there in person than it does through the camera, because the human visual system is quite amazingly good at dealing with low light and high-contrast situations.

The problem with shooting into the sun is that it's very bright so, unless it's behind a thick cloud, it tends to cause the camera to under-expose. For this reason, sunrise photos tend to work best just before the sun actually rises above the horizon, at which point you get the beautiful light without the blinding brightness and the exposure problems that go with it. Likewise, sunsets tend to work best just after the sun has dipped below the horizon.

I'm sorry I can't be more positive about this shot but I hope the advice is helpful for the future.


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