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May 17th, 2008


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09:44 am - Model City


Seattle (looking east from Columbia Tower)
May, 2008

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From:dd_b
Date:May 17th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
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Heh; the big building complex near the middle sticking up into the blur zone kinda spoils the effect a bit. And I suspect a black point adjustment is called for, too.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:May 17th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
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Oh well. I spent much longer on this picture than I normally do, but I can only agree the focus and blur aren't quite there yet.

By black point adjustment, do you mean too dark overall?
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From:dd_b
Date:May 17th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
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The foreground doesn't look right, which made me look closer, but I wasn't sure until I spotted the building. A bit of masking before the blur (or painting with the history brush after the blur) would fix that particular flaw fairly easily.

"Black point" is the darkest tone in the photo; what you set with the black eyedropper in the curves tool (though I rarely find locating and clicking on the specific pixel is actually a good way to do it). The photo looks flat partly because it doesn't have any blacks in it. In the distance this could be "aerial perspective" in action, but it covers the whole picture. The histogram probably goes down to zero well before the left edge.

(Huh; LJ is being obnoxious about letting me save the image so I can open it and actually look at the histogram. Well, we can't allow that...there we go.)



As I thought, this image looks flat because it doesn't use the full brightness range. Given the weather and subject some degree of that is probably desirable, but to my eye it lacks punch, and I think the lack of full blacks is largely responsible for that. That bright spike is almost certainly the sky, and I'd probably leave that mostly alone because otherwise it'd start looking burning bright, but I'd drag the black point up considerably (to the edge of the data) on the dark end. (The screen capture is from IrfanView, not Photoshop.)
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From:agentxpndble
Date:May 18th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
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I just *love* these point-of-focus cities... My brother was playing around with them last year and I just couldn't get enough. Awesome!
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:May 18th, 2008 06:31 am (UTC)
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Thanks! It's a neat effect. I could have placed it better, but it still works, I think.

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