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Patti Travers
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August 22, 2017 10:59 am  

Hi!

I was lucky enough to photography the total eclipse yesterday  Totally amazing & worth the 10 hr 220 mile(-yes thats an average of 20mph on I5) drive home!

I would like to know is any one has ideas on developing the 10 stops of the totality phase?  I did get some of the "tendrils" & would like to see them better--  is there software or is PS the best?


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John Motzi
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September 19, 2017 5:40 am  

Hi Patti,

Could you please tell us a little more about what you are not seeing in your image?  It's difficult (for me anyway) to understand exactly what your challenge is.  Perhaps you have clipping or perhaps you want to expand the separation of lighter tones or .... ?  If you have a fairly modern camera (D800, D810, etc) and you have the perfect exposure (ugh) then you should have captured the 10 stops without clipping.  The raw file developer in LR/PS is pretty good for most things so you should have sufficient controls.  From a global edit perspective - work on the highlights and/or whites control to expand/compress the lighter tones and then also curves in PS.  You can also process two versions of the image - one favoring the darks and one favoring the lights and then blend them together using the Merge tool in PS.  That is another way of compressing the dynamic range (if that is your problem).  From a local edit approach, you can take your best shot from above and then use the PS dodge/burn tools to brush in the effects (lighten or darken) exactly where you want it.

Anyway, please let us know a bit more about the specific problem and/or post an image that describes your problem, and then I might be able to be more helpful.

Thanks,

JM


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Patti Travers
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September 24, 2017 3:21 pm  

Hi John

Thank you for your feed back-  I went on line & did a bit of you tube viewing

Here is the finished product.   had fun learning about blending modes & rulers & all sorts of PS stuff!  The center total eclipse is a blend of 5 images processed in PS using calculations I've never heard of!!  Im pretty happy with the result

 

20170821_Total Eclispe_0021_sign_Color_ blend


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Ulana
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September 24, 2017 3:28 pm  

Congratulations Patti!  The result is stunning.

 

Ulana


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Patti Travers
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September 24, 2017 3:56 pm  

Thanks Ulana!


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John Motzi
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September 24, 2017 4:45 pm  

Hi Patti - I am away so can only view with iPhone, but it does look fantastic!!  Could you share your processing methodology?

JM


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Patti Travers
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September 24, 2017 5:40 pm  

Thanks John

Ok -- It ws a bit of a process-but learned a lot.  to start with I had 2 cameras -one with the solar filter 400mm +1.4 =560mm, which took the solar series (3 bracketed shot about every 3-5 min, moving the camera with the sun) the other no filter 600mm for just the total- 7 bracketed shots taken as fast as I could during the 2min total(some were blurry cause I was sooo excited-must have been moving the cable!!)  Loaded everything &selected the photos I liked-- I then followed the Solar Eclipse Technique by Russel Preston Brown  Parts 1 &2  , a lot of blending modes & using high pass  very interesting!   I then blended the photos I liked from the sequencing by following a youtube by Colon Smith  PhotoshopCafe  It was relatively straight forward.  Bringing everything into PS & using the lighten blend mode to see & move everything to where I wanted!  It was a very interesting process that I may use again!!


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