JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2010/01/your-moment-of-zen.html (11 comments)

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jsid-1263486498-328  Sarah at Thu, 14 Jan 2010 16:28:18 +0000

Wow. One of the best yet.

jsid-1263495744-590  geekwitha45 at Thu, 14 Jan 2010 19:02:24 +0000

It's Pandora!


jsid-1263507652-760  Lyle at Thu, 14 Jan 2010 22:20:52 +0000

Most good photos have been "Photoshopped" insofar as output levels, color adjustment and color saturation, contrast, sharpness and noise control are concerned.  These are all things that I would pass off as "developing" as would have been done in the days of film.  And unless one is starting with the RAW file, a lot of this is being done automatically by the camera's software prior to using Photoshop.  Minor distinctions, maybe, but whether one used Photoshop at all, or whether one actually altered the content of a photo, or fabricated an image altogether, are important distinctions.

jsid-1263508028-430  khbaker at Thu, 14 Jan 2010 22:27:08 +0000

Well, I meant that there were no planets in the sky or creatures in the lake.

jsid-1263509376-815  Daniel K Day at Thu, 14 Jan 2010 22:49:36 +0000

How do you know there are no creatures in the lake?

jsid-1263510018-478  khbaker at Thu, 14 Jan 2010 23:00:18 +0000

I don't, but you can't see any! :)

jsid-1263510938-482  Reputo at Thu, 14 Jan 2010 23:15:38 +0000

It does look a tad suspicious with the location of the sun and the sunlight wisps on the left side.  I would have expected the wisps if there were clouds above (which there may be), and the sun above it.  With the way the picture is, I have to ask, what light source is causing the wisps.    If you look at the mountain on the left side of the picture you see that it is in shadow half way up as would be seen if a cloud was over it (but then the sun would have to be behind the cloud.  Also, the blue coloring of the sky seems inconsistent.  Finally, there is a yellowish green reflection in the water that does not match up with anything in the image (althought he lines directly around the blob match up with the contours of the mountains.

My final analysis is that it is actually a combination of at least two pictures.  Of course, I could be wrong

jsid-1263519839-49  BobL at Fri, 15 Jan 2010 01:43:59 +0000

+1 to Reputo. 

The sun is low in the valley at the far end.  The trees in the foreground would be dark with the sun down at that end of the valley.  The middle looks like it's lit from more or less above.  The yellow green blob looks like it could be lens flare and a line of more flare "ghosts" goes up to the left at about 30 degrees to vertical, probably pointing toward the sun.  So I think it's a composite of at least two.

We old photographers can really be killjoys.  Sorta like a turd in the punchbowl.  :-D

jsid-1263520834-721  khbaker at Fri, 15 Jan 2010 02:00:34 +0000

Screw you guys.  'Shopped or not, beautiful image. :-P

jsid-1263614691-666  Guest (anonymous) at Sat, 16 Jan 2010 04:04:51 +0000

Some of you guys, I could take to a mountaintop cabin and show you the view, and you'd say "Photoshopped." and go back inside...

jsid-1263800837-192  pdwalker at Mon, 18 Jan 2010 07:47:17 +0000

That looks like HDR photography.  So it is "photoshopped" a little.  For more examples of this kind of photography, see this site:


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