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GeoffC 09-29-2018 10:22 AM

Callanais I
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Fuji XE1 converted 590nm.
Limited (ie quick) process in Luminar 2018.
Maybe a bit too surreal - but then it might suit the subject better that way?

Looks like I have a couple of artefacts I could do with getting rid of in the sky!

I understand I have much to learn on this IR curve.

Callanais I on Lewis Outer Hebrides suffers from adjacent modern buildings.

I took this lying down (and upside down!) in order to help remove modern-day trappings.
Taken early-mid morning, one of many I managed to take before the brightly coloured other tourists arrived! :D

nu2scene 09-29-2018 02:21 PM

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Interesting. Have you tried a version with less blue? Might be nice to bring the yellow out more.

fatoldbaldguy 10-02-2018 12:26 PM

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Interesting shot.


WesternGuy 10-03-2018 02:06 AM

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Interesting documentary shot. I hadn't heard of these, so I went and googled them. It seems they are quite old, predating Stonehenge and some sites I saw actually referred to them as Scotland's Stonehenge.

I would agree with Rob (Nu2scene) that the entire image seems to have a bluish cast/tinge and it should be possible to remove this. What software are you using?


GeoffC 11-23-2018 09:32 AM

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Thanks guys -

I'm using Luminar.

GeoffC 11-24-2018 11:06 AM

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Still not there with the colour version, but here's a b&w which is closer to what I saw when I took the image. I set the camera display to monochrome.

scoundrel1728 11-26-2018 11:10 PM

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I took the liberty of separating the color version into its RGB components. (I didn't save any of the images though.) The red channel had hardly any information. The blue channel looked buzzy and blurred, but had plenty of contrast and range. The green channel looked much like your monochrome image does. I opened the shadows with a backward s-shaped brightness transfer curve, but I also had noticeable banding in the sky, which is absent in your version.

WesternGuy 11-27-2018 01:50 AM

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GeoffC, I actually think that I prefer the Black and White. Regardless, these strike me as a neat subject for a picture.


GeoffC 11-27-2018 02:14 AM

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Originally Posted by WesternGuy (Post 2400513)
GeoffC, I actually think that I prefer the Black and White. Regardless, these strike me as a neat subject for a picture.


Indeed - so do I. There's an element of mystery that suits these structures. Sadly, although I viewed in b&w on my camera - I 'only' produced raw images.

I have a few more shots to share, sometime, plus those from the smaller structures of Callanais II and III.

It's a great shame that civilisation has encroached so close to the structures, it's a trial to produce decent shots without a modern background. And then you get the red coated tourist popping out from behind a monolith!

scoundrel1728 11-27-2018 12:02 PM

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You "only" produced raw images? That's good news! You can redo many of the settings during conversion, whether directly to JPEG, 16-bit TIFF (recommended if you are going to do processing that you can't do on your RAW files) or whatever. This includes a second chance at color balance, your color rendition conversions, contrast, sharpening, etc., etc.

If your camera is on a tripod and if the tourists are moving about, you can shoot the scene several times with the same framing and camera settings with the exposures a few seconds apart. As long as each individual part of the frame you want shows up in at least one of the frames, you can combine frames into a composite image to get what you want, e.g., to make unwanted red-coated tourists disappear. If you must, you can align handheld shots manually, making slight rotations and shifts as necessary. I did this for my image Dry Dock: Composite HDR in the HDR forum, albeit for a different reason, and I changed my camera settings between images. The composite HDR did some realignment, but I still had to contend with parallax errors as shown by the double image of the tree in the raw HDR composite. Nevertheless, it can be done.

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