20 | May
"Evening Picnic"
General: 6:51 PM on 5/18/05 | Canon 300D
Technical: 1/200sec | f/7.1 | 18mm (29mm) | ISO-100
Exposure Mode: Av (Aperture Priority)
Exposure Bias: +0
Flash: No

As you can see, I finally got started on the park photos. This shot wasn't overly processed, but Photoshop played a major part. The main thing I did was combine a dark version and a light version of the image (two RAW outputs), essentially applying selective levels. Don't bother looking for the transition as I used a rather large gradient, and it worked very nicely. Then some saturation and color adjustments.

The effect is similar to a nutral density filter; perhaps a little more dramatic, but still the same idea. More park shots to come!

UPDATE:
I've adjusted the reds (warmth) of this shot since posting. You'll probably have to hit refresh if you've viewed the image before. The original can be found here.

categories: landscape sunrise/sunset

Thoughts of: yungyaw
May 20th, 2005 at 3:25 AM

This is a nice one! You really master PS very well. Lovely sunset. Nice silhouette of the tree and yet still see the light on the table beside it. Great shadow too. :)

Thoughts of: Chantal
May 20th, 2005 at 3:29 AM

Great how the sun sets behind the tree, it makes it an even better sunset, the shadow of the tree and the picknick set are a great addition.

Thoughts of: David H-W
May 20th, 2005 at 4:26 AM

Great long shadows - such a fab time of the day.

Thoughts of: zac
May 20th, 2005 at 8:58 AM

this is fantastic ryan! i love how the shadow leads you into the shot... beautifully composed.

Thoughts of: Nik
May 20th, 2005 at 9:28 AM

Absoultly geourgeous! Perfect Lighting, and the colors of the sky and water are phenomial!

Thoughts of: ren
May 20th, 2005 at 10:10 AM

it's amazing how you captured this very difficult lighting. of course you admitted that this is a composite image, but still, you did an awesome job!

Thoughts of: Mark
May 20th, 2005 at 12:49 PM

Your photoshop work came out well, I do the same thing often times. I still like to have it the way I want it (or nearly so) in the first picture however, so a 2 or 3 stop ND grad filter might be in my future ;)

I like this shot, Ryan. Great colors and shadows.

Thoughts of: sara
May 20th, 2005 at 12:59 PM

MAY PEACE BE UPON YOUR SOULS, HEARTS, MINDS, AND BODIES...AMEN.

Thoughts of: Katherine
May 20th, 2005 at 1:29 PM

Looks great Ryan, I love it!

Thoughts of: zoomvienna
May 20th, 2005 at 2:29 PM

Nice Ryan. Peceful and serene. Nice scene. Regards from Vienna, -T

Thoughts of: peter
May 20th, 2005 at 3:18 PM

Thanks 4 ur comments. Nice shot - good photoshop work and nice over all photo. I might be tempted to try and take out the sun reflection on the water to some extent (i.e. the very white part)...perhaps it would be too much work for little gain.

Also not sure about the overall composition. It actually works quite well but picnic tbl is in the centre yet is not the central focal point. The tree is neither on the centre of the third. I'd maybe try the shadow going off into the left hand corner with the tree in the centre. Its not criticism - this is a great shot - just wondering how it could be improved.....

Thoughts of: Mark
May 20th, 2005 at 3:39 PM

Nice composition. I've been toying with trying this process to expand the dynamic range but haven't tried it yet. Did you overlay two exposures or did you process the same RAW file twice to get the f-stop differences for the light/dark versions?

My eye lands on the table, which isn't sharp- perhaps on purpose. Is this the result of the overlay process or because you're looking to place the tree outline as the subject.

Nice photograph and a big thanks for explaining the process involved. Gives me a bump to move on and try it.

Thoughts of: Michael Czeiszperger
May 20th, 2005 at 4:23 PM

Nicely done... I haven't tried combining two versions yet...

Thoughts of: Abe
May 20th, 2005 at 5:02 PM

wonderful lighting! this is a fantastic shot - one that makes me want to stare at it for a while.

Thoughts of: paul
May 20th, 2005 at 6:48 PM

peaceful and tranquil, I wouldnt mind a stroll around that water right now.

Thoughts of: jyoseph
May 20th, 2005 at 6:55 PM

Every time I come here I am reminded to shoot in RAW, I keep forgetting though!

Really nice work, Ryan. Beautiful photo, I really like how it has a solataire (sp) and calm feeling.

Thoughts of: Margaret
May 20th, 2005 at 11:40 PM

this is the kind of picture I like . . . natural is my favorite. there's nothing much I can say technically (since I know very little) other than it's beautiful and I love the lighting. very nice.

Thoughts of: John Vousden
May 20th, 2005 at 11:59 PM

I am always reluctant to leave comments when so many others have done so but this is another classic! Great work!

Thoughts of: Tristan
May 21st, 2005 at 4:32 AM

Beautiful. I love how the specular on the water is lined up with the tree trunk, and I also love how the shadow is the focus of the lower half of the photo. I've definately done that before. Makes for excellent composition.

Thoughts of: PAt
May 22nd, 2005 at 12:16 PM

I love this one man. So warm and peaceful.

Thoughts of: potty
May 22nd, 2005 at 6:01 PM

hey ryan, have you looked into bracketing using the camera's bracketing function to achieve similar effects? this is a really tough shot and i would have given it a go just for giggles. you did this well.

Thoughts of: ak
May 24th, 2005 at 2:53 PM

very nice. the summer is coming. (here in germany we are still waiting......)

Thoughts of: pei
May 28th, 2005 at 4:26 PM

nice work combining the two RAW images. i still need to learn how to do that. i really enjoy the subtle colors in your images.

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