Comments and advice about shooting in full sun will be much appreciated. I find my results are usually over exposed. This was shot with a D90, 18-105 with CirP @58, f8, 1/160, ISO 100. The image has been processed in PSE 10. The crashing waves have been darkened a bit and contrast on the far mountain has been increased. I am interested to know how others would handle this type of situation. Thanks for your help.
1. Is this image from an original RAW exposure? 2. Is this image from an original .JPG exposure? 3. If from an original .JPG exposure, do you recall what your Active D-Lighting setting was? 4. A "Hi" Active D-Lighting setting for an original .JPG exposure might give you what appears to be over-exposure. 5. For scenes such as this I turn off Active D-Lighting when shooting .JPG's. 6. For a RAW exposure the Active D-Lighting setting would not influence the exposure. 7. To check this make .JPG exposures of the same scene at all available Active D-Lighting settings and then make a RAW exposure to compare to the .JPG's. I hope this helps...
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Thanks for the suggestion. The original image was a raw capture and Active D lighting is turned off (I rarely turn it on). I usually do initial PP in LR, but have only PSE 10 on the laptop I have with me. will need to work some more on this one once I get back to the main machine.
I like the distant vistas and the soft, deep sky colour, but the foreground looks a bit dull and uninviting. I've used tone mapping to selectively raise the colour temperature at the front (or lower it, depending on which way round you look at it), and change the gamma slightly.
You can achieve the same effect with layers in Photoshop, but tone-mapping was easier to experiment with.
Martin, your adjustments make a significant improvement. Thank You. Now my question is what software did you use to do the tone mapping? I do have Photomatix Pro on this machine. I did try adjusting the red/yellow/magenta saturation in PSE but wasn't happy with the result--your work is what I was hoping to achieve.
Thanks so much for the help. It never occurred to me to use Photomatix Pro to process images. Your suggestion prompted me to work on some other images using this software and I am very pleased with the results. Jim