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How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« 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

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Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2013, 02:50:57 PM »
i'll take first crack at it....

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Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2013, 03:01:18 PM »
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Very nice.

Looking forward to other interpretations!

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Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« Reply #3 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)

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Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2013, 03:12:47 PM »
I'll play...I gave it a panorama feel...

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Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« Reply #5 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.

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Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« Reply #6 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.
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Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2013, 03:58:28 PM »
Another a first time poster!
Just couldn't resist to do some quick editing in Lightroom.
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Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« Reply #8 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.

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Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2013, 04:06:25 PM »
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Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« Reply #10 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?

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Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« Reply #11 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.

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Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2013, 04:33:09 PM »
Used a 16x9 crop.  Processed in LR 4.3 only.


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Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« Reply #13 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.
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Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« Reply #14 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.
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