Barbara Dunn  


First Light by Barbara Dunn

July 2021 - First Light

About the Image(s)

This was taken a few years ago off a ship in Norway.

Canon 7D Mark II; 1/100 sec., f/5.6; ISO 6400 117mm.

Steps taken for image:

1. Cropped.
2. Used "Topaz DeNoise" to eliminate noise.
3. Adjusted in Lightroom, using "Auto" feature and bringing up exposure.
4. Used "High Dynamic Range-Smooth" filter in Nik Silver Effects Pro to convert to Black and White.
5. Increased Brightness in Photoshop.
6. Resized for PSA website.
7. Sharpened, using "Unsharp Mask" in Photoshop.


7 comments posted




Timothy Morton   Timothy Morton
Love how in your first lite the moon is still out their as allows us to realize what the time and date are etc.   Posted: 07/10/2021 03:32:45



Paul Swepston   Paul Swepston
very effective image and I must try to duplicate soon.   Posted: 07/10/2021 14:40:51



Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi
Barbara

I see you have used a variety of techniques to reduce the noise and to bring out the dynamic range in the image. The image has strong shapes and a good range of tonal contrast. With the low light, I can see detaill in the clouds and water and the rock/island appears as a silhouette.

My eye is attracted to the lighter areas of the image and immedidately goes to the plain grey sky that dominates the image.

You could consider selecting the sky, applying the selection to a level adjustment layer, and reducing the brightness of the sky. The eye then goes to the white cloud area and the island/shape.

You could also experiment with some of the tone options in SEP.   Posted: 07/14/2021 18:02:49
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Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi
Barbara

I see you have used a variety of techniques to reduce the noise and to bring out the dynamic range in the image. The image has strong shapes and a good range of tonal contrast. With the low light, I can see detaill in the clouds and water and the rock/island appears as a silhouette.

My eye is attracted to the lighter areas of the image and immedidately goes to the plain grey sky that dominates the image.

You could consider selecting the sky, applying the selection to a level adjustment layer, and reducing the brightness of the sky. The eye then goes to the white cloud area and the island/shape.

You could also experiment with some of the tone options in SEP.   Posted: 07/14/2021 18:02:49
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Wendy Stanford   Wendy Stanford
Hi Barbara, Interesting image, I see it as an image of three parts, I'm drawn straight away to the moon, then I look back to the island, then the water with what I see as the moon reflections,
The tonal range is so different through the layers, B&W works well.   Posted: 07/19/2021 06:57:06



Steven Wharram   Steven Wharram
A great image that works in layers. I would have preferred the moon to be slightly lower so that you could have cropped off a bit of the sky. However, unlike Judith, I feel the image works best from dark, at the bottom, to light at the top. The shades of sky and cloud at the island level really help to pick out the shape of the island.   Posted: 07/19/2021 11:16:06



Fat Chen   Fat Chen
It is a good image to fit the topic this month. The moon added a point of interest. I love different grey tones which makes the image to deliver more details.
  Posted: 07/19/2021 23:37:59



 

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