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By xwang
It was taken in Thun in switzerland.
Because of the light,It seems a bit washed out at bottom part of the photo,I tried mono,but still couldn't work out. Thank you .

Tags: General Architecture Landscape and travel

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paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2009 4:37PM
You have done your own crit. Nice subject and good composition but the bottom is washed out. Try burning in or a step wedge to darken the bottom. Better, expose for the highlights when shooting.

It is much easier to lighten the dark areas in software than try and put detail back into blown highlights.


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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2009 8:42PM
It's such a shame about the highlights, Xiaoli, because the cover of the staircase is really nice. I don't think I can make it look any good in colour, maybe someone else can. So I tried a mono. There are lots of lines, so I rotated right and just got the centre of the canopy straight, then had to crop a bit. I desaturated it, adjusted levels and contrast, then applied unsharp mask. My second mod has a gold hue added. As an afterthought, I did a third mod where I have used selective colouring, see what you think.
25 Aug 2009 10:54AM
I think that it is a superb shot, the washing out gives it an almost ethereal feel to it. If you want to knock it down a bit you could us the magic wand tool in photoshop to just select that area and then use the exposure bar to bring it down. That would probably do the trick. It's still a good shot though, well done.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
25 Aug 2009 6:07PM
It looks like this particular image has been post processed to some degree, as the bright areas at the bottom show some evidence of being selectively "burned".

The original looks to be exposed quite well for the wood canopy, but the camera has limited dynamic range and cant fit in the extremely bright sunlit areas without losing highlights as mentioned above. Under the circumstances, it has done quite well.

However, you can still make a decent print, or an artistic interpretation with what you have.

I have loaded 4 mods to show a progression:

Mod1, - the original has had the verticals straightened and cropped; the colour saturation has been reduced; red has been reduced even more; some sharpening has applied.

Mod2 is a monotone conversion of mod1, - I used a plug-in filter from NIK for this

Mod 3 is mod 2 with the "ink outlines: filter applied from Photoshop CS3.

Mod4 is mod3 with a sepia filter applied, and a frame added.

Hope this helps,


xwang 9 56 8
25 Aug 2009 9:49PM
Thank you all very much for your kind help.xiaoli.

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