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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:39 am 
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well maybe not...

It cant be that bad when i get to spend a day in the Mount Cook National Park, NZ. It was quite hazy and i was there in the middle of the day, so not the best shots and too much bright sun, haze etc for taking decent shots of Mt Aoraki itself but the surrounding scenery was stunning.

Hope you like.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:41 pm 
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Hi robbon44,

Well I actually liked your photos! Good job!
Oh and by the way, even if it was hazy, you can kind of edit it out with some post-processing, but what matters the most is the composition and I personally think that your photos have a really strong and nice composition.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:08 pm 
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Thanks for the feedback.

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I am only really using photoshop elements for basic PP together with some minor curve adjustments. Will look in to fixing haze issues. I did wonder if using a filter may have helped. i Have RAW versions of the photos so may spend some time on them this weekend and see what i can do.

We have really bright light here and taking photos towards the sun and during mid day sun is challenging, i have tried the rule of 16s as well but even with lens hoods and frantic cleaning of lenses i still get dust specs and sun glares.

The haze issue i have never tried to compensate.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:28 pm 
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Yeah, unfortunately haze is a real bugger, but if you look around the internet, you might find some great tips/tutorials on how to minimize the effects that haze gives to your photos. I remember stumbling upon a good article about this a couple years ago but I really can't remember where... :/
Also it's great that you have RAW files, it helps a lot for post-processing. Unfortunately my camera won't support RAW so I usually have trouble fixing some issues that I might had in my photos. That means that I really don't know any good ways to remove haze via post-processing.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:01 am 
Robbon, your landscape shots are always so impressive. The first is by far my favorite, it's got everything....forest, lake, snow capped mountains. What else do you need? The sky could be a bit bluer, maybe like it is in the 3rd or 4th shot, but the composition is great! Must have been quite a relaxing day :D


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:16 am 
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Cheers Adam

It was a long day and I did have to do some work :)

But I do get to work in a stunning environment. :D

The first shot is affected by the haze.... I'm working on that. The shots I took of mt cook itself all were affected by haze as the sun was directly above and slightly in front of me. Clear blue skies are fine when the sun is behind you.

I work on the composition as I think a good composition is 50% of the battle.

The scenery is what it is. It's down to the photographer to show it in the photo. I still think I could do more with the clarity of some shots and the sharpness. I'm getting there...

Still learning.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:45 am 
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nice I like your shots, they work. Honestly and I not trying to sell anything but you may really get a fair bit from this

http://www.cameralabs.com/photography_b ... otography/

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:30 pm 
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Cheers Max, yep i looked at that before, i have asked the missus for a spending dispensation :)

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:32 am 
Oh I read the haze part, then looked at the pictures and completely forgot I read it haha.

I actually bought that book, it's an interesting read. Definitely gives some great tips for landscapes...good value too.


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Worst job in the world?

Fifty million employeed in IT would like to beat your face in now. :P


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:16 pm 
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hahaha

i know.. i used to work in Stoke on Trent... so karma.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:41 pm 
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managed to spend some time in lightroom with a few more of the shots i took the same day.

some are a little over processed but i like them.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:50 pm 
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You have great landscape over there Rob, nice set but not sure of the PP, the CPL would be great assuming the sun is in the right place.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:15 am 
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Awesome shots! I don't think they're over-processed, I liked them a lot :)

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:07 am 
Great set Rob! You snapped some real quality shots that day 8)


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