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Posts tagged photoshop

Sayulita after sunset (before and after processing)

The above photo is the .jpg file straight out of the camera, but that isn’t really what the scene looked like in person. For the more accurate photograph some processing of the RAW file was required.

The below image is after a couple minutes of processing with Photoshop Adobe CC and Topaz AI DeNoise.

If you click on the images to get to their full sizes you’ll be able to see the differences better.

View from the Rainbow Bridge

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Minato City (Tokyo) from the Rainbow Bridge

I’ve been using Topaz DeNoise for several years now. They have a new version called DeNoise AI that also comes with Clear AI, and it’s $20 off for another week or so through this link. Enter BATCH15 at checkout for another 15% off bringing the price down to $50.

Before using Topaz Denoise AI (and Photoshop Adobe CC to straighten things) on the above image, the photo looked like what you see below.

If you click on the images to get to their full sizes you’ll be able to see the differences better.

Chapel Trail

10-photo photomerge from Chapel Trail

On Sunday morning, January 1, 2017 we decided to go to church. We dropped Ellie off at the “Church of the Rowing Machine” for her daily, 2-hour ergathon. We headed to the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, Arizona. The chapel itself is way overrated, although the views from there are as spectacular as dozens of other locations in Sedona. On our way away from the crowds, back down the hill, we noticed a sign for “Chapel Trail” on the other side of a small fence/gate. We had another hour to kill before picking up Ellie so we went through the gate even though it had an odd sign on it that seemed to indicate that this was not the trail head. The gate was unlocked and the sign said something about being closed 5 p.m. – 8 a.m. so we figured the trail was closed at night.

Wow! What a trail! The conditions were perfect as it had rained the night before and sun occasionally broke through. The rain really brought out the colors in the rock. No one was on this most beautiful trail. That seemed odd given the hundreds of people bumping into each other at the nearby chapel.

Today’s photo is of “The Nuns”. The scene was stunning, but I didn’t have my wide angle lens with me. So this photo is actually a composite of 10 photos. I took five vertical photos across the top, five vertical photos across the bottom, and then photomerged them into this final product. I had never done a photomerge of two rows of photos before. It will be my new go-to method when I need to capture more of a scene than my lens can handle. The only downside is the rock formation looks farther away from the viewer than reality. In real life The Nuns were right in my face.

Ultra-wide photo vs. photomerged panorama (part 2)

Several years ago I posted a comparison of a single, ultra-wide photo of Dodger Stadium with a photomerge of several photos of the same scene. Today’s post revisits that discussion on a full-frame DSLR. Above is a 7-photo photomerge (shot vertically at 16mm). Below is the ultra-wide shot at 14mm.

RAW vs jpeg in food photography

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unedited jpeg straight out of the camera

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edited RAW Jolene’s Sweets cake

Previously I only used the .jpg files from my camera. Then I began shooting in RAW for difficult lighting situations. Slowly I’ve come to the point where I only shoot in RAW. Perhaps today’s comparisons can give you an idea as to why.

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RAW jolene's sweets cake

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Gwangju from one of Mt. Mudeungsan’s rock pillar peaks

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Mount Mudeungsan’s rocky peaks

Mt. Mudeungsan (1,186 meters in height) features three rock peaks called Cheonwangbong, Jiwangbong, and Inwangbong. These peaks are also known as the “Jeongsang Three” and can be seen on all sorts of logos in Gwangju. I’m not sure which of the peaks I took today’s photo through this time last year, but it was one of my most memorable days in Korea.