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Orgnoi1
10-09-2006, 11:57 PM
Today was my only day off for two weeks so Trish, Johnny, and I took a drive around the backroads of Vermont to get a couple pics of the leaves and some scenery. We ended up misguided (ok lost...LOL) but with the GPS always ended up on track. It was a beautiful day! I am glad we went. Here is a teaser for now as I have to get up early to catch some trains on the hill...

Enjoy!

http://www.northeastfoto.com/gallery/files/4/3/2006_10_09-R01.jpg

ZR2Blazer
10-10-2006, 12:18 AM
Nice....Lynn, the kids and I made it out over the weekend to Vt also.......have to get her to post up some of her pics :cheers

zacker
10-10-2006, 07:23 AM
is Vermont close to you guys or something? it takes me like 4 or 5 hrs. to get there..lol Great shot Ross.

ATVinBarbie
10-10-2006, 07:37 AM
Great shot, Ross... Can't wait to see more. :tup

convergent
10-10-2006, 08:01 AM
is Vermont close to you guys or something? it takes me like 4 or 5 hrs. to get there..lol Great shot Ross.

Vermont is only an hour away from them... closer depending on how you get there and where you are going.

CruzinGirl
10-10-2006, 10:07 AM
Ok, what is the trick with digital photography to get the sky to show up blue and not washed out and over-exposed....I never had this problem with film, but now find it a huge challenge with digital.

Your pic made me think of posting this, since it has such a pretty blue sky...cant wait to see the rest!

ZR2Blazer
10-10-2006, 01:03 PM
is Vermont close to you guys or something? it takes me like 4 or 5 hrs. to get there..lol Great shot Ross.


For me the Vt. border is only a 1/2 hr away to get into Benington, but growing up in the sticks I know all of the back roads so that helps cut down on getting there :D

Orgnoi1
10-10-2006, 02:34 PM
ok enough talk... heres the rest of the pics... =)

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http://www.northeastfoto.com/gallery/files/4/3/2006_10_09-R03.jpg

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http://www.northeastfoto.com/gallery/files/4/3/2006_10_09-R06.jpg

Orgnoi1
10-10-2006, 02:41 PM
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http://www.northeastfoto.com/gallery/files/4/3/2006_10_09-R08.jpg

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http://www.northeastfoto.com/gallery/files/4/3/2006_10_09-R10.jpg

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http://www.northeastfoto.com/gallery/files/4/3/2006_10_09-R11.jpg

Orgnoi1
10-10-2006, 02:41 PM
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http://www.northeastfoto.com/gallery/files/4/3/2006_10_09-R12.jpg

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http://www.northeastfoto.com/gallery/files/4/3/2006_10_09-R14.jpg

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http://www.northeastfoto.com/gallery/files/4/3/2006_10_09-R15.jpg

convergent
10-10-2006, 02:47 PM
Ok, what is the trick with digital photography to get the sky to show up blue and not washed out and over-exposed....I never had this problem with film, but now find it a huge challenge with digital.

Your pic made me think of posting this, since it has such a pretty blue sky...cant wait to see the rest!

A combination of things will help you get blue skys. First off, manual metering will help a lot. Meter for the background (i.e., the sky), not whatever is in the foreground which may be shaded and thus would cause your sky to be completely blown out.

The second thing you can do, which I am assuming Ross did in some of these, is boost the saturation a little in processing. When you shot film, this was done for you in the lab... so you need to do that now yourself or you may get washed out colors. Many Point & Shoot's do this by default, but that can sometimes cause you to blow a particular color out which looks really bad.

Finally, you can use filters to help the sky look more saturated, but I am the wrong person to really comment on filters as I don't use them very much.

The reason you didn't possibly have the problems with film are that a) film has a greater dynamic range than digital, so it is less suseptable to blowing out skys, and b) the lab increases saturation for you, along with exposure and whatever else needs to be tweaked.

convergent
10-10-2006, 02:47 PM
So Ross, how about some tips on where some of this stuff was taken? What lake is that? Where is the covered bridge at? Thanks.

Orgnoi1
10-10-2006, 02:48 PM
Actually I never do any actual saturation adjustments except in changing to B&W... I do Levels, Shadows and Highlights, USM, Resize... in that order... =)

Orgnoi1
10-10-2006, 02:50 PM
LOL I couldnt explain how to get to any of these places... its called GPS and just drive... there were quite a few places we had to turn around at dead end roads in the middle of the woods... thank god for 4x4 trucks...LOL What I can tell you is that they were all taken in the area south of Stratton Mountain... and southeast of Manchester and Arlington...LOL

zacker
10-10-2006, 02:57 PM
very nice, my fav is the brook!

convergent
10-10-2006, 02:58 PM
Well Levels/Curves can effect the saturation too. I have found that controlling that separate, and just before sharpening, can give me a more pleasing result... so I am not as agressive on Levels any longer... leaving some of that for the end. I've also started adjusting levels by channel sometimes. Canon sensors sometimes have a heavy red channel, and its easy to blow it out if you are just adjusting luminosity in levels, and not looking at the channels.

Looking at the flow you listed, I'd recommend you reverse USM and resizing. USM should always be last, because it is going to vary greatly depending on the pixel density of the image... which is altered in resizing. The only thing I ever do after USM is drop on a watermark, simply because I don't want my watermark sharpened.

convergent
10-10-2006, 03:00 PM
LOL I couldnt explain how to get to any of these places... its called GPS and just drive... there were quite a few places we had to turn around at dead end roads in the middle of the woods... thank god for 4x4 trucks...LOL What I can tell you is that they were all taken in the area south of Stratton Mountain... and southeast of Manchester and Arlington...LOL

Well I have a GPS, so that will work. Looking at the color in your shots, I think this weekend might be a peak time. I will have to see if I can get out for an afternoon. If I do, I'll bring the Mamiya and burn up some of that film... finally!

Orgnoi1
10-10-2006, 03:00 PM
when you resize with PSP8 which is how I do it the USM needs to be first or the shot gets distorted... also I would say NEVER do levels on the RGB channel... you should always do the separately... very drastic difference

convergent
10-10-2006, 03:00 PM
My favorite is #10

CruzinGirl
10-11-2006, 08:42 AM
Thanks for all the tips....I"m going to have to play around with processing a little more.

Great pics, Ross...my fav is Johnny sitting on the rock by the brook....such a natural looking picture of a fall day!

Orgnoi1
10-11-2006, 08:43 AM
Thanks Kim... it was a quick click... he moved right after that... but it had a natural look to it... kinda a "Lost in the moment" feel...