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Title: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: bran8 on March 07, 2013, 01:44:55 PM
This is a photo I took at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley right before sunrise this past November. The link below is to download the RAW file from my Dropbox account. It's not an amazing picture, but I am curious to see different landscape editing techniques applied to this photo. Feel free to download the file and edit the picture as you normally would. Also, it would be great if you could post what program(s) and techniques you use to achieve the final result.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/b08zlbgbwfelyns/_MG_0452-1.cr2 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/b08zlbgbwfelyns/_MG_0452-1.cr2)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: agierke on March 07, 2013, 02:50:57 PM
i'll take first crack at it....

ACR + Nik Color Efex
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Post by: distant.star on March 07, 2013, 03:01:18 PM
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Very nice.

Looking forward to other interpretations!

Thanks.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: buddha14 on March 07, 2013, 03:01:52 PM
first time post after long time reading only. downloaded and adjusted a bit in PSE9 and CEP4 (detail extractor, dark contrast and sunlight)

enjoy
Steffen
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Trovador on March 07, 2013, 03:12:47 PM
I'll play...I gave it a panorama feel...

(http://i45.tinypic.com/2q9lymf.jpg)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Harv on March 07, 2013, 03:42:03 PM
I had nothing else more important to do, so why not?   ;)

First I applied LAB mode sharpening (Google it) in PS CS4.  I then adjusted the tonal contrasts using Nik plugin, followed by a boost in saturation.  I also applied some graduated neutral density filtering, once again using Nik.  I did all this after first resizing.

(http://harveyg.smugmug.com/Other/Miscellaneous/i-sqMnDGD/0/O/_MG_0452-1_P.jpg)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: RileyJoseph on March 07, 2013, 03:48:15 PM
I used Lightroom 4.3. I used a gradient mask for the sky and tweaked the tone curve for the rest by hand. I cropped the bottom off as I did not like it as a foreground.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Jac08 on March 07, 2013, 03:58:28 PM
Another a first time poster!
Just couldn't resist to do some quick editing in Lightroom.
:J
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Post by: RLPhoto on March 07, 2013, 03:59:21 PM
Since this isn't my image, I tried to push it to its limits. Its messy in places but eh, hope you like it.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: picturesbyme on March 07, 2013, 04:06:25 PM
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Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Orangutan on March 07, 2013, 04:08:02 PM
I was there a few years ago, DV is really an astonishing place.  I'd say how you edit depends on the feeling you want to convey to the reader.  DV is many things, depending on the light.  It can appear stark or full of life and beauty; it can appear desolate or rich; it can appear dead or full of life.  You need to decide which of these you want to convey to your viewer.

When I was there it was full sun, though not direct.  There was plenty of contrast and sky color.  What I remember of this spot (and some others in DV) is the layers of detail: the sweep of the immense views, then the nearer-structure of the badlands and nearby mountains, and finally the personal-level detail of plants, pebbles and sand.  Each scope had its own palette and texture.  I could spend weeks photographing there.

What do you want this photo to say?
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: stipotle on March 07, 2013, 04:09:15 PM
This was fun - LR4:
Cropped and rotated about 1.5 degrees (wanted to make it 9:16, but thought that was cheating a bit)
-.45 Exp
+77 Contrast
-28 Highlights
+45 Shadows
-13 Blacks
+13 Clarity (plus added clarity and extras on the rocks with the local brush adjustments)
+15 Vibrance
+22 Saturation
A ton of color tone adjustments (mostly more red/orange I think)
+62 Sharpening
0 Noise reduction
Removed Lens distortion
Removed 1/3 of the vignetting
And actually applied a vert. distortion "correction" of -8 (no reason why, just liked it)

For the record, this is juiced way more than I would normally do, but it seemed it could take it.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: moogul on March 07, 2013, 04:33:09 PM
Used a 16x9 crop.  Processed in LR 4.3 only.

Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Kernuak on March 07, 2013, 04:36:31 PM
Lightroom 4.3, added a gradient to the sky, reduced the exposure by 0.75, added a medium contrast curve in LR and increased the highlight saturation +6, with +15 vibrance. Exported to CS4 added a medium contrast curve layer before reducing in size. The sky is still lacking though.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: brianboru on March 07, 2013, 04:38:35 PM
LR4 - HSL adjustment and then Gradient tool with exposure and saturation for the sky.   And yes, it's a bit overbaked for drama.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: K-amps on March 07, 2013, 04:39:23 PM
Fun project.... am here at work and only have LR4 to play with... Don't remember all the settings ... but here is my rendition:

Cropped bottom, Gradient in the sky, color bal, vignette, and bunch of HSL adjustments etc etc


Can send you snag it of the LR settings if you  like it.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Tov on March 07, 2013, 04:46:06 PM
(http://i552.photobucket.com/albums/jj321/Tov_02/_MG_0452-1_zps4772d53e.jpg)

Aperture & PS & Guy
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: ixox on March 07, 2013, 05:37:02 PM
Even I can do my first post here. This is my take. I used Camera Raw for basic conversion and then I used a lot of adjustment layers in Photoshop to convert it to b&w. I had to go back to CR sometimes to use the adjustment brush there. Hope you like it.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: SpareImp on March 07, 2013, 05:40:41 PM
I've tried as well. It was mostly an attempt to normalize it, and then overdoing it slightly. This is the way I would've done it.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Schultzie on March 07, 2013, 05:41:20 PM
I did this at work with CS5.  Added a graduated filter to darken the sky, added some vibrance, clarity, tweaked the tone curve, and added a vignette.  Found a dust spot in the sky and cloned that out :)

Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: chops411 on March 07, 2013, 05:54:22 PM
Photoshop CS6 using YellowSky Action
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: drjlo on March 07, 2013, 06:02:32 PM
Silver Effex pro after creating 3 files +/-2 EV apart.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8094/8538235742_1a235aed6f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/drjlo1/8538235742/)
_MG_0452BW (http://www.flickr.com/photos/drjlo1/8538235742/#) by drjlo1 (http://www.flickr.com/people/drjlo1/), on Flickr
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: tonyz on March 07, 2013, 06:18:41 PM
I couldn't resist either

All done with CS5

I also quite like the crop of the scene too?!
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Eli on March 07, 2013, 06:21:17 PM
Here's my take; tried to keep it as natural as possible with slight tint of my interpretation of sunrise colours and not an overdone sky, keeping the interest on the amazing rock formations.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: peteroc on March 07, 2013, 06:28:52 PM
Another black & white, but a bit more dramatic. Still, with details in all the black area.

Lightroom, 3 gradient filters, a few brush adjustments.
Since there is two major geological formations in the picture, the yellowish and the reddish with the strats, I think we need to emphasize that contrast.

And a color version, here, we need to feel the sun going up.

Doesn't seem as hot as it was last time I went there, but clearly this picture was not taken in summer.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: b.janwattana on March 07, 2013, 06:33:22 PM
:)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Rowbear on March 07, 2013, 06:34:29 PM
Interesting to see all the different versions. Thanks for the opertunity.

Here is my take, done in LR4.

(http://www.robertgravel.ca/People/CPPO/i-ZRvtXct/0/XL/CR-XL.jpg)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Bruce Photography on March 07, 2013, 06:43:35 PM
I used CS6, camera raw processing, little levels by color, little highlight curves.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Mt Spokane Photography on March 07, 2013, 06:47:05 PM
I'd edit it to look like I remembered it.  You are  the only one who was there, and know what the colors and light was like, the rest of us just make something that we like, but it will likely be inaccurate.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: shutterwideshut on March 07, 2013, 07:10:29 PM
Here's my rendition using Lightroom 4.3 and Nik Color Efex Pro 4. I darkened the sky and burned a little the foreground. I added a little bit of contrast and as well as saturation in the sky.

Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: bchernicoff on March 07, 2013, 07:32:31 PM
Here's my take. There are some good renditions here and some frankly awful ones (even ones that didn't intend to be)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: brattymesler on March 07, 2013, 07:34:47 PM
This is a fun exercise!  A Velvia 50'esque look via photoshop and DxO filmpack 3 (in that order).
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Chuck Alaimo on March 07, 2013, 07:39:37 PM
I'll take a stab at this too... here's my take...all in lightroom
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: shutterwideshut on March 07, 2013, 08:13:24 PM
Here's another rendition of mine in B&W using Lightroom 4.3 and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: titokane on March 07, 2013, 08:58:04 PM
Here's mine, just done in Adobe Camera Raw. Anybody wants the xmp sidecar file just let me know. Not even remotely realistic, but DAT COLOR SATURATION. AWW YISSSS.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: distant.star on March 07, 2013, 09:54:43 PM
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I wasn't going to, but it kept calling -- so I did a purely interpretive rendition.

(http://wetracy.smugmug.com/Weird/X/i-Rr3xcNL/0/L/_MG_0452-1-Edit-2-L.jpg)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: kennephoto on March 07, 2013, 10:47:38 PM
Here's my take; tried to keep it as natural as possible with slight tint of my interpretation of sunrise colours and not an overdone sky, keeping the interest on the amazing rock formations.

Haha! Love this one!!!!
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: helpful on March 07, 2013, 10:56:13 PM
My favorites are:

peteroc 2nd color version
Rowbear
Chuck Alaimo
distant.star

This is an awesome thread and good photo material to work with.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Tioga Designs on March 07, 2013, 11:21:18 PM
Lightroom and Topaz Detail
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: coltsfreak18 on March 07, 2013, 11:30:30 PM
The most fascinating part about this image is its versatility.  While there are clearly and deliberately baked images for dramatic effect or as a joke, there are numerous quality photos in this thread...and many are completely different.  I know not when this was taken or what the location normally looks like, but I've seen accurate renditions of twilight, sunset, midday, and sunrise--this is the true art in this image.  I've seen drab and deathly edits (in a positive way) that epitomize the dreariness and vast wasteland that some view death valley to be, but I've also seen detailed photos, full of contrast and life, that promotes optimism for the future.  It can be what the artist makes it out to be, and that, in my opinion, is beautiful.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: heron88 on March 08, 2013, 12:11:36 AM
(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i479/react5gum/_MG_0452-1_zps6b4d200c.jpg)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: RGF on March 08, 2013, 12:28:51 AM
A quick edit.  Lots of refinements are possible.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: OnceUponaHoneyB on March 08, 2013, 12:35:28 AM
Here is my take, after a few minutes in Lightroom, hope you enjoy. 
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Post by: Dr.D on March 08, 2013, 12:35:48 AM
Lots of interpretations... Here's mine.
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Post by: Jesse on March 08, 2013, 12:48:59 AM
CS6'd
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: calgaryphotos on March 08, 2013, 01:05:58 AM
I agree with MT SPOKANE PHOTOGRAPHY - its far too easy to take this and let it get away from you when you don't have that frame of reference.  With that being said I couldn't help but to give it a shot.
 :P

Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: pdirestajr on March 08, 2013, 01:16:40 AM
Because of the angle of the leading lines in the rocks from the right foreground to the left background, my eye/ mind keeps wanting to see what's to the left... Ahh, there we go, beautiful one point perspective :)

Oh, and there looks like a wicked demon in the sky just begging to be brought out.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Jeff Donald on March 08, 2013, 02:14:56 AM
Here are two versions both done in LR 4.4RC  I think I like the pano better.

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Post by: ecka on March 08, 2013, 03:05:18 AM
LR4.3
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Eli on March 08, 2013, 06:16:07 AM
Here's my take; tried to keep it as natural as possible with slight tint of my interpretation of sunrise colours and not an overdone sky, keeping the interest on the amazing rock formations.

Haha! Love this one!!!!

Why thank you, ;)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: LewisShermer on March 08, 2013, 10:43:20 AM
Death Vally, all looming, imposing and inhospitable...

good pic :)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Blackout on March 08, 2013, 11:21:50 AM
Here's my take :)

(http://i.imgur.com/x7nHAez.jpg)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: WightmanMedia on March 08, 2013, 11:39:50 AM
My take.
(http://oi46.tinypic.com/jg14k7.jpg)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: distant.star on March 08, 2013, 01:40:21 PM
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Thanks, K. I saw the duck tucked away in one image. Missed the bikini mirage.

This whole thread seems to annoy some crabby old folks. Hard to understand -- I think this is great, and I'm thoroughly enjoying seeing how people approach this.

I was surprised at two things when I first saw the original file. First, it's so totally neutral. Second, when you look, there is amazing detail throughout. It really speaks well for the power of the 17-40 as a landscape lens. That's what motivated me to even try. There's lots of room for a wide range of interpretation.

For me, I always think there's room for a little humor. Sadly, not everyone agrees.



Thought it was funny but I see now that a girl in a bikini is just too "offensive" for "some" on CR..   ::)

Have I missed something?

Yes you have.... the rubber Duckie came later.... first there was a Girl in Bikini rendition that was quite inspired... unfortunately someone probably complained to the mods... and it was taken down like megaupload.com during the SOPA/PIPA days...
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: MaxPower on March 08, 2013, 02:13:05 PM
2 minutes work in Apple Aperture 3
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Post by: psblend on March 08, 2013, 02:37:25 PM
Used Adobe Camera Raw and saved for web in CS6
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Post by: stipotle on March 08, 2013, 03:02:02 PM
Here's my take :)

(http://i.imgur.com/x7nHAez.jpg)

Winner.
Nicely done.
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Post by: nick2341 on March 08, 2013, 03:07:31 PM
And here's mine.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: BobTheDude on March 08, 2013, 04:29:17 PM
Here is my try. The changes which I made are: cropping, little decrease in brightness, slight increase in contrast and definition, big increase in saturation and vibrancy and I used the burn brush to give the sky a little bit more pop.
Oh, and I did it in Aperture 3.Something.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Burrster on March 08, 2013, 04:45:35 PM
Hi Guys. I joined this forum just to have a go at editing this photo!  Here's my initial take on what I would do.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: jebrady03 on March 08, 2013, 04:53:35 PM
I'd edit it to look like I remembered it.

Exactly.  To me, photography is about capturing what I see - not what I can imagine.  If I wanted to make something fake and use my imagination, I'd pick up a paint brush - not a camera.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Mt Spokane Photography on March 08, 2013, 05:06:43 PM
I'd edit it to look like I remembered it.

Exactly.  To me, photography is about capturing what I see - not what I can imagine.  If I wanted to make something fake and use my imagination, I'd pick up a paint brush - not a camera.
I was not belittling any of the many serious posters or their creative vision of how they would edit it, just my own preference.    I don't like to use the term fake, its just how they see it as looking best, and thats fine.
 
Keep the images coming, at least serious ones.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Burrster on March 08, 2013, 05:13:31 PM
Sorry Guys I need one more go to get more detail in the sky, and warm it up a little, and tried a wider crop
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Eli on March 08, 2013, 05:32:02 PM
I'd edit it to look like I remembered it.

Exactly.  To me, photography is about capturing what I see - not what I can imagine.  If I wanted to make something fake and use my imagination, I'd pick up a paint brush - not a camera.

You missed the point of the thread, OP did not say here's a photo, recreate what I saw, but instead here's a photo, show me different techniques of interpretation through post processing.
And imo photography isn't all about capturing what you see either, example, if you think about people who use speedlights doing portraits, the lighting is manipulated to create an effect they envision.
But that's what forums are for, different opinions, :)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: fegari on March 08, 2013, 05:38:16 PM
Cropped a lot, rotated a bit, a lot of tonal contrast, some color burn and warming to try and get some textures out. Initially tried tilt shift effect I did not like but I see now that forgot to fully erase part of that effect at the bottom.  Should have desaturated probably a bit too!

90% done with Nik Color Efex.

I see now the flicker jpg compresion brings some nasty halos at the top egde of the mountain range

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8383/8540739970_0579b4c7c7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fegarix/8540739970/)
untitled-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fegarix/8540739970/#) par Fegarix (http://www.flickr.com/people/fegarix/), sur Flickr
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Post by: inibudi on March 08, 2013, 05:53:36 PM
Here's my take
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Post by: helpful on March 08, 2013, 06:06:24 PM
2 minutes work in Apple Aperture 3

Great result!
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: helpful on March 08, 2013, 06:08:11 PM
Sorry Guys I need one more go to get more detail in the sky, and warm it up a little, and tried a wider crop

Your second result here is fabulous.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: lundstrom.emil on March 08, 2013, 06:33:31 PM
My contribute :P
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: mariusx1 on March 08, 2013, 06:37:02 PM
Fun little 5 minute project (Lightroom 4). Thanks for posting this!
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: helpful on March 08, 2013, 06:43:54 PM
These results are all wonderful. This is one of my favorite threads ever on CR.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: tntwit on March 08, 2013, 08:10:32 PM
LR3

Obviously this is all up to personal taste.

I really liked some of the very dramatic variants that seemed to mostly be done in LR4.

Is LR4 that much more powerful than LR3 or do I have a bunch more to learn?  I don't believe I can pull off that much drama with LR3.

Maybe time to upgrade.

As for the comments about not being there to replicate the moment, well, that comes back to personal preference.  Photography is an art and art is open to personal interpretation.  It does not have to be a replica of the original.  If everyone did that, it would be boring.  I enjoyed everyone's variations, but it was because of the variations that it was interesting.

I should also mention that the B&W was a great idea.  It really played well into this type of photo.

As much as I get wrapped into the technical side of this site, I always enjoy the creative side.  So much talent here and so much to learn from everyone.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Wild on March 08, 2013, 08:40:13 PM
Here's my attempt  8)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: distant.star on March 08, 2013, 09:11:55 PM
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You make a good case, Attila. This whole thread seems an exercise in creativity, and it's been perhaps the most entertaining thread I've seen here in a long, long time. Too bad it's been squeezed into one person's perception of what is right.

Personally, I've always subscribed to the Gary Winogrand, "I photograph to see what the world looks like in photographs" philosophy. I've never taken a picture that looked like what I saw, for a hundred reasons. Like Winogrand, the thrill for me is to see what the camera has seen -- and to wonder why it's different from what I saw and/or remembered and/or thought I saw.

Our attempts at manipulation of a scene may be to bring it in line with what we saw. Just as valid is to alter it to make it the way we wanted to see it.

We're talking about pictures here -- pictures, not reality.

No accounting for taste, as they say. I'm sure there are people who don't see a faint smile on "Mona Lisa," but rather a faint scowl.

As for all the renditions of the image in this thread I am surprised no one really broke out of the conventional (except for ducks and bathing beauties that we now know are not allowed). I mean really squirrel it up in some abstract way. If I had the process skills I would have done that as I see a beach and waves up front and a larger sea looming in the background.

No matter, it's all fun.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: yogi on March 08, 2013, 10:04:21 PM
Here's my take; tried to keep it as natural as possible with slight tint of my interpretation of sunrise colours and not an overdone sky, keeping the interest on the amazing rock formations.



I didnt realize ducks could live in that part of the country. What species is it? The rubberitis duckyitis? It reminds me of an old b movie with overgrown creatures.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: tntwit on March 08, 2013, 10:35:13 PM
.As for all the renditions of the image in this thread I am surprised no one really broke out of the conventional (except for ducks and bathing beauties that we now know are not allowed). I mean really squirrel it up in some abstract way.

Maybe not that abstract, and probably not that talented, but here's something...
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: jebrady03 on March 08, 2013, 10:36:33 PM
Looks like an old photographers vs. journalist(?) argument...

Perhaps that's a fair way to categorize my thoughts on photography - based more on journalism than creativity after the fact.  To me, if I can't go and stand where you stood and see what you saw, it's not a photograph, it's something else.  And there's nothing wrong with that - I'm not saying what people in this thread have is UGLY or undesirable, I'm just saying that they've crossed the line out of photography and into something else.  Some rely so heavily on post processing to make something interesting that they should not call themselves photographers, but post processors.  For me, photography is about capturing a moment.  If you post process the bejeezus out of something, that moment is gone and something else has taken it's place.  A fake moment, that never existed.  And again, THAT'S OKAY - I'M NOT JUDGING THAT.  I'm just saying that it's not really photography - it's a different form of art.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Eli on March 08, 2013, 11:11:38 PM
Here's my take; tried to keep it as natural as possible with slight tint of my interpretation of sunrise colours and not an overdone sky, keeping the interest on the amazing rock formations.



I didnt realize ducks could live in that part of the country. What species is it? The rubberitis duckyitis? It reminds me of an old b movie with overgrown creatures.

It's a rare species named Brobdingnagian Geolu Anatidae, super rare, sort've like the Loch Ness and Big Foot.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Niterider on March 08, 2013, 11:31:37 PM
I'll give it a shot!

Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Eli on March 09, 2013, 12:11:50 AM
Spent another 5 minutes to make another version, sunrise you say? :)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: verysimplejason on March 09, 2013, 12:40:18 AM
Just my interpretation.  Disclaimer: I didn't take this picture.  Processed with DPP's HDR tool.  If I were to take this picture, I'd be bringing a GND and/or take bracketed pictures so I can be sure the highlights aren't overblown.  I'm having a slow internet connection thus I lowered down the resolution.



Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: christianronnel on March 09, 2013, 01:21:47 AM
Processed in LR4.  Played with tone curve to bring out the details.  The scene seems not leveled to me so I distorted the image quite a bit.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: yablonsky on March 09, 2013, 01:41:08 AM
Processed in Camera Raw 7.4. Not too much color added though. Just some adjustments to get rid of the haze.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: bycostello on March 09, 2013, 02:04:29 AM
i wouldn't it is your photo and so your creativity and no one elses...
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: GaryJ on March 09, 2013, 02:17:01 AM
Having started in the 70's,I can only thank goodness for the ability to change the 'reality' that we have caputured,So much time has been spent in darkrooms that need now not happen,photography for me has always been my artform,some of us are not gifted with the ability to pick up a brush or a lump of clay to create their art,photography is after all'painting with light',having veiwed recently the touring Cartier-Bresson exhibit ,I believe that style of reportage picture making as well as modern photojournalism to be the only remaining styles with the constraints as you see them,as we will never see what another saw,even if viewing a print,what can be called photography
Looks like an old photographers vs. journalist(?) argument...

Perhaps that's a fair way to categorize my thoughts on photography - based more on journalism than creativity after the fact.  To me, if I can't go and stand where you stood and see what you saw, it's not a photograph, it's something else.  And there's nothing wrong with that - I'm not saying what people in this thread have is UGLY or undesirable, I'm just saying that they've crossed the line out of photography and into something else.  Some rely so heavily on post processing to make something interesting that they should not call themselves photographers, but post processors.  For me, photography is about capturing a moment.  If you post process the bejeezus out of something, that moment is gone and something else has taken it's place.  A fake moment, that never existed.  And again, THAT'S OKAY - I'M NOT JUDGING THAT.  I'm just saying that it's not really photography - it's a different form of art.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: calgaryphotos on March 09, 2013, 02:35:30 AM
a couple more for fun  ;)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: csc on March 09, 2013, 02:53:54 AM
Processed with Camera Raw 7.3. In addition to some basic adjustments (White balance, Contrast, etc.), some gradient filters were used.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Yehyaalhafidh on March 09, 2013, 03:48:54 AM
Here's my version! Edited in LR4
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Astral on March 09, 2013, 04:54:15 AM
lightroom 3

cropped
wb 5000
ND filter on top adjusting exposure and contrast
exposure, contrast, tone curve adjustments
camera calibration portrait

forgot to remove dust spots :/

thanks for picture! editing was fun ;)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: serendipidy on March 09, 2013, 05:52:20 AM
I'll  give it a try....processed in DPP.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: serendipidy on March 09, 2013, 05:54:10 AM
Now for the "artistic" psychedelic interpretation :o
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Trevor on March 09, 2013, 06:11:14 AM
Something simple ...
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Astral on March 09, 2013, 06:15:26 AM
my second edit:
revised crop, revised exposure,second grad filter from the bottom,adjustments to clarity, dodging and burning and other brushwork. used photoshop to remove dustspots
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: nda on March 09, 2013, 08:31:42 AM
 :P
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: distant.star on March 09, 2013, 09:28:55 AM
a couple more for fun  ;)

I like the B & W. It has a lot of power to bring out the starkness. And I especially like the bluish cast over it. That's something I would have done had I thought of it. Should be simple in SilverEfex Pro.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: distant.star on March 09, 2013, 09:32:12 AM
Now for the "artistic" psychedelic interpretation :o

What I like here is that intensity of color seems to begin erasing the line between earth and sky. Not entirely, but it makes that demarcation less certain -- almost like a mind altering experience. Disclaimer: I know nothing about art and less about drugs!
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Roger Jones on March 09, 2013, 12:09:46 PM
Albumen Print
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Bruce Photography on March 09, 2013, 01:10:01 PM
Albumen Print

+1.  I like very much.  Could you discuss your technique for this style of print?
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: silvestography on March 09, 2013, 02:17:54 PM
So I've never been one for the "vomit of colors everywhere" look, or the weird crops, but since this isn't my own image that I'm editing, I figured why not do something different? After messing around with the grad nd on the sky for a while, I just had to stick with the purple. Cheers.
(http://i45.tinypic.com/xafye.jpg)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: lehre on March 09, 2013, 04:29:32 PM
Hi guys! i'm New! :D Awesome tread. Great image! love these kind of treads.. :)



here's my take. Ended up a bit red-ish. LR4 all the way. (if it was mine i might have swapped the sky in PS:)


And a LR preset with all the settings-
https://www.dropbox.com/s/q3fsrccdbumljp1/CRlandscape.lrtemplate (https://www.dropbox.com/s/q3fsrccdbumljp1/CRlandscape.lrtemplate)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Dylan777 on March 09, 2013, 06:06:00 PM

Fun topic. Here is my ave joe's edit ;D

http://albums.phanfare.com/isolated/aYUMbR0y/1/5978633 (http://albums.phanfare.com/isolated/aYUMbR0y/1/5978633)
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Vadim137 on March 09, 2013, 07:52:16 PM
I had spend an hour editing on CS5 for fun.  hope you like it.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: bran8 on March 10, 2013, 01:06:57 AM
There have been a lot of great edits of this photo. It's amazing to see different visions of what this photo can be and cool to receive input from people who I am sure are scattered across the globe. Thanks for the great response to this post!
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: serendipidy on March 10, 2013, 06:03:38 AM

Fun topic. Here is my ave joe's edit ;D


Very nice interpretation. I really like the sky.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Sporgon on March 10, 2013, 02:39:42 PM
Seeing as everyone else has had a go I thought I'd join in.

The rock formations and natural colours are amazing. Apologies if the scene is not really facing East or West.

I refrained form adding a g**l in a b****i 'cos my previous post regarding the matter got mysteriously deleted  ;D
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Dylan777 on March 10, 2013, 05:55:18 PM

Fun topic. Here is my ave joe's edit ;D


Very nice interpretation. I really like the sky.

Thanks serendipidy.
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Canon6D on March 10, 2013, 09:29:13 PM
Another version (DPP & Photoshop) ...
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: john27rg on March 11, 2013, 12:33:18 AM
Fun!

Ok, I came in late, so to try something different I cropped to a square format. Why should landscapes be landscape?

Edited in LR4. Cropped to 'thirds on the key peak (left top). Adjusted overall exposure and contrast, used a grad filter to darken the sky and then added some saturation there, used clarity and temperature to make the background distant range 'pop' a little more, added vibrance and clarity but de-saturated the closer mountain range.

Done quickly so some of the 'brushing' is a little rough (just like home - my wife doesn't let me apply the top coat...)

Great idea and responses everyone.

Cheers

John
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: distant.star on March 11, 2013, 12:40:29 AM
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I really like this crop. Seems like it's what been missing for me in all the ones I've seen. It fills the frame!!



Fun!

Ok, I came in late, so to try something different I cropped to a square format. Why should landscapes be landscape?

Edited in LR4. Cropped to 'thirds on the key peak (left top). Adjusted overall exposure and contrast, used a grad filter to darken the sky and then added some saturation there, used clarity and temperature to make the background distant range 'pop' a little more, added vibrance and clarity but de-saturated the closer mountain range.

Done quickly so some of the 'brushing' is a little rough (just like home - my wife doesn't let me apply the top coat...)

Great idea and responses everyone.

Cheers

John
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: LOALTD on March 11, 2013, 07:18:29 PM
Here's my take (LR 4.0):

Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: moviebuff25 on April 29, 2013, 12:02:41 PM
CS6
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: Cookie28 on May 16, 2013, 11:30:39 PM
maybe something like this
Title: Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
Post by: sevvo on May 19, 2013, 01:50:16 PM
LR4 and Viveza 2...