Diana Duffey  

Palouse Landscape by Diana Duffey

October 2019 - Palouse Landscape

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How I did it: While I was attending the PSA Conference, I took a tour to The Palouse area. I took this image with my Sony a7R3 and my 24-240mm lens. My camera setting were: 48MM, ISO 100, F9.0, 1/80 SS. I adjusted the Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, White and Black levels and the Lens Correction. This is one of several images that I took of the Palouse area. This image was taken in the late afternoon. Your comments on how to improve this image are always appreciated.

6 comments posted

Donna Sturla   Donna Sturla
I swear I have photographed this exact same farm !! The Palouse can be so pretty in the spring, I've never seen it in the fall.
I would have increased the contrast and saturation, and used a layer mask to deepen the colors of the brown fields. The sky looks great !   Posted: 10/13/2019 03:44:32
Diana Duffey   Diana Duffey
Donna, the Palouse area is such an impressive area. Thank you for your suggestions on how to improve my image. I am still struggling with post-processing my images. I am going to try to post the image again now that I have tried to apply your suggestion. I appreciate your constructive comments.   Posted: 10/13/2019 14:48:07
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Donna Sturla   Donna Sturla
Hi Diana,
It looks like you saturated the sky a lot but I think a layer mask just on the part below the sky would be more effective.
It took me forever to learn how to do a layer mask. You could also put it into Lightroom and play with the highlights and shadows, maybe increase contrast. I'm not sure what programs you use. Let me know, maybe we can talk sometime.
Donna   Posted: 10/14/2019 02:16:28
Diana Duffey   Diana Duffey
Donna, this post-processing has been a big challenge for me... but I am determine to learn how to do it better. I did the regular adjustments in LR. I am posting the image one more time. Now I think it is too dark. Please let me know what you think.

  Posted: 10/14/2019 23:37:51
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Donna Sturla   Donna Sturla
No, I don't think it's too dark; I prefer it to your original.

One thing you might want to check is the Brightness of your monitor ! I used to keep mine fairly bright and then my prints were always wrong, so I dropped down the brightness and now my prints come out well. I like your revision !
Try sending some images for printing and compare to your monitor and see if you need to adjust. Just a thought.
  Posted: 10/15/2019 02:26:59

Mark Aksoy   Mark Aksoy
Diana, I, too, prefer your second revision of the original. Its darker tones make the scene more dramatic and the colors more saturated. However, I would have cropped in a bit less from the right. I would have cropped out the tree at the edge of the original image but retain the other tree as an internal frame. Overall, nicely done!   Posted: 10/18/2019 13:41:31


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