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Misty Evening.

By paulbroad
An old one for comment. Shot a long time ago on Mamiya 645 100S and Fuji 100 at Whitby looking from the north end of Whitby towards Sandsend. Scanned at 3200dpi with Epson 4990 flat bed and quite a lot of cleaning up in CS3. Tones and contrast adjusted and smart sharpen. Monopod used - never tried to hand hold that thing!


Tags: Sunset Silhouette People Mist Landscape and travel

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James_C 9 36 56 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2011 1:32PM
A lovely composition Paul, with excellent colour. Love the silhouette. A little over sharpened though as can be seen by the bright band along the edge of the silhouette. I have found that it is often neccessary to reduce the amount of sharpening when reducing the size of a large picture for uploading. Fortunately in CS5 you can switch off layers in a PSD document without loosing the layer for future full sized pictures. (I'm probably teaching you to suck eggs but someone else may find this useful).

All the best for 2012,


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paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2011 1:43PM
Yes, I agree. I think the over sharpening is due to having to boost things a bit after the scanning procedure, but the bright lines are there. I've found through numerous failures, that scanning is best done with all sharpening turned off in the canner software, then try and do something with the image later.

I suppose, here, the silhouette has emphasised the effect and a wider range of tones might reduce it visually. The problem can be even greater with scanned 35mm I find. The flat bed isn't ideal but does a better job than many of the cheaper 35mm scanners that I've come across. We had a superb Minolta multi format film scanner at work which cost several thousands and disappeared when the photographic department was shut down. Not in my direction unfortunately.

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
28 Dec 2011 4:29PM
A very attractive shot. I like the layers, and the overall tone. The sharpness looks not too bad to me, - its virtually impossible to avoid some lines where there is very high contrast, as digital sharpening is not actually sharpening, but adjusting edge contrast. There are specialized plug in software packages that can help reduce this, - but at a price.

Seamuscamp 9 3 10 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2011 7:31PM
Just to say that I prefer the original to the submitted modification. And I don't think the sharpwning/contrast artifacts are very intrusive. Brave imagination - personally, I'd have tried to include some detail in the shadow area - and I'd have been wrong.

xwang 9 56 8
1 Jan 2012 4:56PM
I like the light contrast of this one,Paul. This is exactly my problem with misty photos.I can never get the contrast out... I tried some in an early morning a couple of months ago, they don't look as interesting as I saw. I wonder how you controled the light...Beautiful indeed. I'm going to follow you playing with lightGrinGrin..
Happy New Year to you and the family, Paul.
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2012 9:57AM
And to you, Jas, and everyone else. This was shot on film of course with a better tonal range than digital - the difficult bit was getting the scanning right. I find scanning medium format and bigger quite easy, 35mm not so.

xwang 9 56 8
3 Jan 2012 4:52PM
Oh, really, I didn't know that film has better tonal range than digital... thank you. I've never scaned photos to re-do them, I only have a 3-in one machine. The file is too small to work on PS after it's scaned..Do I need a special scaner? This is another territory...something I've never heard of...Smile
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2012 6:55PM
Not sure weather to bore everyone about scanners here, contact me, Jas.


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