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Thread: Sunset at Bedok Reservoir (31 October 2016)

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    Default Sunset at Bedok Reservoir (31 October 2016)

    Dear all, would like to hear your comments about my photo.

    Firstly, some background about this photo. This was taken at about 6.55 pm yesterday evening. I used a 143 second exposure coupled with a 10-stop ND filter at f/9 and ISO 100.

    I'm rather pleased with the exposure of the sky but the buildings and the trees at the left side was very underexposed. How do you all think I can achieve better exposure of the building and trees on the left. The general direction of the light was from behind the building.

    The effect of the reflection of light on the surface of the water was also a surprise and I feel adds to the overall outlook of the photo. In lightroom, I did some minor adjustments to the saturation and exposure while lowering the highlights and lifting the shadows all the way. If you look carefully at the left side buildings and trees, this seems to introduce some noise into the picture. How can I avoid this in future?


    Light Hearted by Choong Tze Hong, on Flickr

    Looking forward to all your comments and advice and thanks for your time.

    Best Regards
    Hong

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    Default Re: Sunset at Bedok Reservoir (31 October 2016)

    Add some foreground may look more interesting

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    Default Re: Sunset at Bedok Reservoir (31 October 2016)

    Thank you Bro Khoo, I'll take note of that in future.

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    Default Re: Sunset at Bedok Reservoir (31 October 2016)

    Quote Originally Posted by ctzeh View Post
    I'm rather pleased with the exposure of the sky but the buildings and the trees at the left side was very underexposed. How do you all think I can achieve better exposure of the building and trees on the left. The general direction of the light was from behind the building.

    The effect of the reflection of light on the surface of the water was also a surprise and I feel adds to the overall outlook of the photo. In lightroom, I did some minor adjustments to the saturation and exposure while lowering the highlights and lifting the shadows all the way. If you look carefully at the left side buildings and trees, this seems to introduce some noise into the picture. How can I avoid this in future?
    I'm not much of a long-exposure guy, so I'll leave that to others to comment. If you want the trees/building to be less noisy, you could take another shot exposed for the trees/buildings, then blend that together with your long-exposure shot.

    Often is the case in landscape photography that we want to photograph a scene with a dynamic range that exceeds that of your cameras digital sensor. Your camera will give an image with either over exposed highlights or underexposed shadows. This tutorial will show you how to blend two exposures of the same scene, one exposed for the highlights, the other exposed for the shadows. We will then use Photoshop to blend these two exposures together, creating a single image containing both highlight and shadow detail, see above image (Lake Gormire in red).
    http://www.johnrobinsonphoto.com/tut...sure-blending/

    If you don't use PS, there are some LR plugins that do something similar, here's one I found: https://www.photographers-toolbox.co...s/lrenfuse.php

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    Default Re: Sunset at Bedok Reservoir (31 October 2016)

    Quote Originally Posted by kandinsky View Post
    I'm not much of a long-exposure guy, so I'll leave that to others to comment. If you want the trees/building to be less noisy, you could take another shot exposed for the trees/buildings, then blend that together with your long-exposure shot.



    http://www.johnrobinsonphoto.com/tut...sure-blending/

    If you don't use PS, there are some LR plugins that do something similar, here's one I found: https://www.photographers-toolbox.co...s/lrenfuse.php
    Thank you Bro Kandinsky for the very useful tip!

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