I don't have much if any experience of manipulating and processing pics. I just shoot and upload. The first is  from Day 1 I decided to play with a bit. Number one, I don't know what I think of the original image. There was this wavy texture and movement to the cut grain in nice contrast to the sort of flat sky. I don't think the pics captures that. None-the-less, here are the two different images.


The second is descending into the graveled valley. Maybe, no, likely to be my favorite section from Day2.


Apertome said…
I think you did a really good job with these. It looks like you bumped up the contrast and saturation, maybe with a little sharpening? That's all I do on most my riding shots, anyway.

On the first one, the black point might be a little too dark, as you are losing detail in the trees a bit. However, the darker tone works very well in the rest of the image, so I think it's a fair tradeoff. With careful levels or curves adjustment I think you might be able to achieve both.

Or, if you wanted to take it further, you could selectively darken everything BUT the trees, or darken everything and then bring the trees up a bit.

I don't think it's really necessary to take it that far in this case, but if you really wanted to get it perfect, that's what I'd do. It looks really good, definitely a huge improvement over the original. What software are you using for these tweaks?
Tex69 said…
@Apertome it is PhotoPlusX4, which is a program my aunt gave to my younger son, who is a bit of a photo kid and just right now (2.15 Friday) is developing film in a camp.

The notion of curves, saturation, etc. is all new to me, but I liked playing around a bit with these two images. I can't imagine doing it to a series- too much time. But it's fun to take a selected image and maximize it in a certain way.
Apertome said…
Yes, it is time-consuming, although some programs will let you copy your settings from one image and paste them on a whole group at once. This can be really handy if you want to make the same adjustments to a whole set of images. Usually I still do some manual tweaking on each one, but it saves a whole lot of time.

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