This familiar shot is comprised of blending two images in photoshop, one exposed for the arch itself, and a second exposed for the La Salle Range in the background. Opening both images in photoshop as layers, I used the "blend if" sliders to expand the dynamic range of the final image. I don't know if this is cheating or not, but I like the result better that using HDR.
I still owe you comments on your previous images, but let me tell you I love the way the sun light baths this rock.
The transition from yellow to red then the blue to balance the warmth is just fantastic.
On the other hand, I see the edges a bit soft. Perhaps you forgot that last sharp touch after resizing.
This new blending mode is curious but effective! Something new for us to try, thank you for the link!
Please, the image fits perfectly the ToM which is all about light. Thus, in case you want to join the Theme, please add the word "light" to the title.
TFS and a lovely weekend to you.
ssemper (2011/12/03 16:12:26): I have a sharpening action I use in photoshop when I am going to print an image, but I don't think about sharpening for the web, other than what lightroom adds automatically. I am not sure what lightroom does when I export an image that I worked on in photoshop in TIFF format. If someone has a workflow suggestion for sharpening images in either lightroom or photoshop when exporting for web, I would like to he educated.
No, Steve, this is NOT cheating, this is just a fabulous photo with perfect PP. I really love it! I love all the details in the f/g (a different view than we usually see - congrats on that too, I'm sure it's not easy at all!) and the wonderful rising light. I'm not a HDR friend either, so maybe I can appreciate it even more. It's absolutely beautiful. VERY impressive! Great shot!
I just spent 20 minutes writing about sharpening for the web and got timed out! I'll try again and copy it this time.
I hadnít heard of blend if before so have been researching it. I canít wait to try it now as Iím reluctant to use HDR as it often doesnít give the result I want.
Mesa Arch is a must photograph location at sunrise. We were there several years ago and I was surprised at the vibrancy of the light under the arch, and how long it lasts. The blending work has evened the exposure really well. Excellent!
I read your exchange with Isabel. All RAW images need some sharpening but not as much as they do for printing. I think there will be as many sharpening methods as there are photographers. I don't really like the LR sharpening and always do it in PS. I use High Pass 2 px on a separate layer Öblend mode one of soft light, hard light or overlay depending on the strength it needs. You can also reduce the opacity of the layer if necessary and add a mask to reduce individual areas like leafy trees for example. I like it because it gives you a lot of control and concentrates mainly just on the edges. I tend not to sharpen tiffs at all until I know what I want them for, but when I convert to jpeg intending it for the web or a dvd slideshow, sharpening is the last thing I do before saving.
You also need to re-sharpen after downsizing for PF, as the act of downsizing reduces sharpness. I made an action for preparing for PF which includes the sharpening, before I discovered High pass. That uses smart sharpen 0.1 px 75%. Then fade sharpening with darken blend mode to eliminate any halos. High Pass would probably work after downsizing too, but you probably would also only need about 0.1px for an 800px image.
Hope this is useful and I haven't just told you what you already know
Isabelle (2011/12/06 04:24:01): Hello, good morning.
Thanks a lot for the tips about sharpening.
Iīll give it a try.
Rich contribution, Steve, thank you.
Have a nice day,
Isabelfeather (2011/12/04 12:20:37): I've used Niksoft's sharpening too, and although you can sharpen different bits separately with different amounts, I always found added noise. High Pass has the advantage it doesn't do that because it concentrates on the edges. I've usually found 2px plenty for web viewing, but yes you will need more for printing so starting high and reducing opacity makes sense if you still keep the layers, then it's there for whatever purpose you need.
Kathssemper (2011/12/04 11:52:28): I have been experimenting with the high pass filter, and with NIK sharpening software, and the high pass seems to be very effective and doesnt cost $$.
I found this advice on Luminous Landscape: if you adjust to 10 pixels and apply, then you can back off to taste using the opacity slider, between 20 to 70 percent, and then can go back and adjust the level of sharpness even after you save the image, without using a smart filter which makes the file size very large.
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/high-pass-sharpening.shtmlWandering Dan (2011/12/03 21:55:15): I was going to make a similar response, then I saw this message. I'll just add that I generally use the Overlay blend, and High Pass at anywhere from .2 to 10 px (after about 10-12 px it starts to halo). In general, sharpening ought to be one of the last steps (and noise reduction one of the first).
I hadn't used resharpening after downsizing (I use bicubic resizing on reduction, which seems to be the best), but I'll look into it.
No, blending is not cheating (except maybe for purist contests like the Smithsonian), and it was done quite effectively here; we get a tremendous range of light well handled. One thing that does bother me, though, is the blue sky in the upper left; it seems ad odds with the rest of the sky. It may be that it really was like that, but i would think to tone it down a bit with a color brush.
PS: I'm going to look into the "Blend If" technique; thanks for describing it.
ssemper (2011/12/03 22:19:05): it was blue, but a touch more grey than this, so your right, I need to tone it down a bit. Thanks for the comments though.
I especially like the softly glowing misty light that paints the rock formations while the glowing arch makes a perfect frame. Like the others, I'm anxious to try, 'blend if.' and I'd love to make that auto align work!! Thank you for sharing the link. After Kath did a great sharpening WS for me giving the details she gave you, I needed a little more help. I found this
plimrn (2011/12/05 00:00:16): Well I just took the pictures today to experiment with this technique. Results will be up in a few days if all goes well.
Wishing you health, love & joy (HLJ), Patssemper (2011/12/04 00:34:12): Pat, I found that if I select the two images in Lightroom and tell it to open the two in photoshop as layers, I don't have to worry about the auto align steps. Thanks for the link on sharpening, I will take a look.
We are naeighbours today. You have the early morning light and I have late afternoon light. A classic shot which is nicely composed with a successive number of curves in the FG to the arch itself and also in the BG. You were lucky to have no one else around as I hear there can be 20 or more photographers at this time of day.
looks almost familiar to me now, just that you are far right for this image, almost Australia ;)
we had good luck and just the light where it should have been there!
ssemper (2011/12/04 14:44:48): we were able to take shots from all different angles, since we were there first and had little competition that morning. this one seemed different than all the others I have seen. I like it in Australia.
A wonderful shot! It's an amazing place and even that it start to be familiar by now, your angle to show this arc makes it new and fresh. The early morning glow is lovely and I like a lot the forms and textures of the foreground rock. Also the layered, somewhat misty background is beautiful. Because the camera cannot produce the same high dynamic range, which a human eye has, we try to make the photo to approach what we see in various ways in PP. The blending thing is not cheating more than any other PP, IMO. Like others I also got interested in the "blend if" method. Great photo and contribution to the theme!
Well done Steve! Shadows and highlights all in perfect order. I was there in March, 2004, with my new D100 to capture morning sunrise. Working the RAW in PS7 and CS was a real challenge to come up with an image that worked both the highlight and shadow details. Things are so much easier with multiple images, HDR, and the other tools we have today. I did my image by two RAW exports from the same image and then manually blended them. I really love this place and it is really too bad that everyone knows about as it is now almost impossible to get the arch by yourself to really work the location. Well done! I like it.