Bill Foy  

Ready for the next job by Bill Foy

October 2019 - Ready for the next job

About the Image(s)

This image was made in the Lehigh Gorge section of Lehigh County, PA where I had gone to see/photograph some waterfalls. I've finally gotten into the habit of stopping when I see a scene that intrigues me, and this is one of those. I was first attracted to the tractor and the bales of hay around the property, then I noticed the geese. The one thing I don't like, and don't know how to correct, is the sky, so I'm looking for some help with that. I cropped the image, dehazed it, tweaked the brightness and contrast and sharpened it a tad. Nikon D500, Tamron 18-270 lens @ 55mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-100, handheld, aperture priority.

8 comments posted

Judy Burr   Judy Burr
If you find out how to fix skies like this, let me know asap since I often have the same problem. I tried using Topaz DeNoise which sometimes works, but not this time. I think the best option is to replace the sky with a better one. I have a folder with cloudy skies and use something from it to add better skies. Of course this can only be done in PID. This image a is very appealing and is well composed with the tractor prominent and the hay bales balancing the image well. The color is nice and I thought maybe it was taken in Washington state. It always pays to be ready to take a picture and is something I should do more often.   Posted: 10/10/2019 17:08:43
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
With the small amount of PP knowledge I possess, replacing the sky is akin to my being able to understand and interpret hieroglyphics.   Posted: 10/13/2019 12:18:03

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
I think that the original raw image may need some looking into. Make sure that you correct any lens distortion and chromatic aberration in LR or ACR. I think dehaze is a contrast slider which is a form of sharpening. Unsharp mask in PS will help with over sharpening. If all else fails you can add noise to simulate grain in film. This works well in B&W conversions. It is hard for me to believe my friend Bill could over process an image, but I think in this case....   Posted: 10/11/2019 23:24:42
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Bob, I definitely got a laugh out of the last sentence. For more on this topic you should slide over to Group 60 and look at the comments on my image there this month.   Posted: 10/13/2019 12:13:50
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
True. Unsharp mask or smart sharpen is probably a better option than auto. Glad that you got a chuckle. Dorinda lamented yesterday that our mountain was hidden during your visit. It was spectacular yesterday and all the new snow was quite visible.   Posted: 10/14/2019 07:53:12

Karen Harris   Karen Harris
I like this image. A nicer sky makes it even better I think.   Posted: 10/16/2019 12:29:07
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Tam Phan   Tam Phan
I totally like the picture with changed sky.Ms.Karen did a goo job.
Mr. Bill Foy got a nice farming picture.I like your picture.   Posted: 10/16/2019 21:18:33

Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
Very nice image, I love the scene; we don't have this here:-) . Country side is always appealing to me when we go away. Not sure what the original issue was with the sky, we deal with a lot of bright skies here and I often use a polarizing filter which helps me get better sky texture and exposure. The LR dehazing gradient filter is great and probably would had helped fixing the issue, short of changing the sky:-)

Karen did a awesome job, wondering how long it takes in PS to do this change (assuming it was PS) - There are many time when I thought I should do it when we have bright overcast skies, I able to fix it / enhance it but I always feel replacing would be somewhat cheating? But it does work!:-)   Posted: 10/17/2019 01:37:34


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