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The valley

By thevamaranr
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.

Tags: Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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NEWMANP 9 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 9:28PM
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

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Eviscera 11 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 11:29PM
Added a quick workflow for you.
21 Oct 2010 1:08AM
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.
paulbroad 10 123 1181 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2010 7:09AM
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.

21 Oct 2010 7:30PM
Thanks Paul.

Fillip, thanks for the modification. Isn't it too sharp now?
1 Nov 2010 4:47PM
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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