January 12, 2019 at 3:22 pm #36253Jamie ParfittParticipant
Hello! The other morning I noticed some pink clouds out the window, and I thought, “I should run out and try to see if I can get a few shots of the house with the snow on it!” So I grabbed my camera and ran out to see what I could get. It’s been a while since I tried to get pictures of the house, and since I don’t have one of those fancy filters James always uses for blocking out some of the sky light, I usually end up with an overexposed sky to get the proper exposure on the house. Thankfully the clouds were dark enough that it wasn’t too hard to get a good exposure for both. Unfortunately, we’ve been having work done on the septic right in from of the house, so I tried to remove all that in Lightroom.
My exposure was as follows: Shutter 1/60, f/8.0, ISO 500, focal length 18mm.
My fingers soon grew stiff, so I had to hurry inside.
I wasn’t sure about how to process the sky. I also didn’t like how the noise reduction and sharpening were looking. Any tips for those? (For one of the pictures I used the adjustment brush and “painted” the whole house with desaturation just for fun to see what it would look like.)
Naomi P.January 12, 2019 at 11:43 pm #36260Caitlin ComptonParticipant
Nice photos, Naomi! Your house looks so pretty covered in snow. 🙂 We don’t really get snow like that in Australia, so that looks pretty amazing! We serve an amazing Designer!
Personally, I’m not so keen on the one were you’ve de-saturated the house. I think it looks a bit fake, but it was a creative idea! In the painting of it, you’ve ended up with a sort of white ‘glow’ around the edges of your house. If you were to paint it again, you might want to make the brush a bit smaller around the edges and be really careful to only go on the house and not slip into the sky.
My favourite edit of your shot is image 2. I feel like image 3 is a bit over-exposed. I had a quick go at editing your picture and I’ve attached what I’ve come up with. It was hard to do a really good job of the editing, because I don’t have the original file. So, it’s a bit rough and I didn’t spend to long on it! 🙂
My general thoughts on composition are that I really like how you’ve placed the main subject on a third. Your image is simple, with one clear/main subject and is balanced with the trees on the left. So, great job with composition! 🙂 A bit more space on the right could’ve been nice, but overall it looks great! It would been nice to have the car moved if possible, but I understand that sunrises don’t wait around for the technical side of things! 😉 Maybe you could try to remove it with the spot removal tool in Lightroom. Also, maybe you could remove a couple of the little distractions such as the path in the bottom right corner, the posts and some of the other lines and imperfections in the snow.
As to tips in regards to noise reduction, James has a good video explaining about it here (as long as you’re a member of the ‘Click’, which I’m pretty sure you are! 🙂 ) – https://www.lenspiration.com/video/how-apply-noise-reduction/
Keep up the good work! I like this shot! 😀January 15, 2019 at 11:23 am #36309James StaddonKeymaster
That is SO pretty, Naomi! And I didn’t even notice you had done any “septic removal” work in LR. I think it’s neat that you were able to figure out a way to get the sky and house both to be properly exposed without any fancy equipment too. I can go into more detail on the questions you asked in the webinar if you’re on. https://www.lenspiration.com/photo-critique-with-lenspiration-jan-15/ Hopefully you can get the chat to work this time!January 15, 2019 at 6:59 pm #36315Jamie ParfittParticipantJanuary 16, 2019 at 12:01 pm #36351James StaddonKeymaster
Yeah! The exposure difference between the house and sky is very minimal! That is unusual for sunrise/sunset, so makes for a very great situation for photography. It was nice you were able to listen in last night. Here’s a link to the webinar if you ever want to watch it again. https://www.lenspiration.com/video/webinar011519/ God bless!
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