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Es Mercadel from Monte Toro V2

By Jamawa  
1/80s @ F8.0, white balance - cloudy, high quality jpg.

Reposted image, edited somewhat differently in Photoshop 7 attempting to follow some of Tooth's suggestions on the previous version.

PS7 edits:
Sharpening using USM/'Sharp'o'Matic method in order to minimise noise.
2 copies of file (one for sky and one for land) edited as 16-bit images using Curves & Levels, Hue/Saturation, history brush.
'Sky' and 'land' edits converted to layers in an 8-bit file and merged using layer mask.
Slight burn & dodge.

Heh, despite using different editing methods in PS7 and working without reference to the previous image, I was surprised by just how similar my final results turned out! However, I prefer this one for the lighter, brighter foreground and (though it's not really noticable at this size) considerably less digital noise.

Tags: Sunset Digitally manipulated Menorca Landscape and travel Es mercadel

Voters: hjalmar1886, irishman, Tooth and 2 more

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irishman 17 1.1k 2 Ireland
11 Jan 2007 10:15AM
Much better that the previous upload but I have noticed that you used f8 and this image could have looked much better with f16 or higher if your camera allows it. The image needs to be sharper from front to back generally for landscape shots. Good effort but kkep it up and you will get there.
Tooth 16 5.8k 227 Ireland
11 Jan 2007 7:19PM
I agree with Martin (we Donegal boys stick together Smile ) bur the lightening has really lifted it. I lok forward to seeing more from you

Jamawa 16 3 Scotland
12 Jan 2007 1:51PM
Thanks for the comments, guys. I'm Scottish, so I guess that keeps some Celtic thing going? Grin

F8.0's the smallest available aperture on this camera, I'm afraid. I agree about the lack of sharpness on this one - I think it's partly because I forgot to give it a bit of compensatory USM after resizing to post here, but mainly because it's a bit of a repair job and the land area was lightened in PS from being very dull and underexposed - so there's a lot of noise and the sharpness just isn't there to bring out with any amount of Photoshoping. Not having an ND grad at the moment, I should've used the tripod and done 2 exposures when I took the pic, as fortunately the results from the camera are much better with closer to correct exposures.

However, while it can do a lot better than this, I think the FZ7 just isn't capable of producing the kind of very fine detail and sharpness in landscapes such as I see here from digital SLRs or can get scanning slides/negs from my old Canon T70 on my flatbed scanner. Does it sound odd to say that, while I'm still experimenting and not about to stop trying shots of all kinds, the best results from the FZ7 are when this kind of detail/sharpness isn't so crucial to the image and in a way I think I'm in a process of learning to take more of the sort of shots that best suit the camera?

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