by Joseph Linaschke
There are some pretty big fires burning nearby, which means we're inundated with smoke right now. I went up to a friend's property overlooking Ashland, hoping to to get above the smoke, but it was just as thick up there. For the scene above, normally you'd be able to see very, very far — to California and beyond.
Following up on last week's post and some of the comments (thank you very much, and I still have some figuring to do), I wanted to kick off this next post with some more actual information about the treatment. So here's a load of info about the image, and even a preset saved from the settings I'd dialed in (nothing special really, but it is what it is). And, no idea if anyone will want this (let me know in the comments), but I've included the original RAW file as well. Each image below can be clicked on for a full-size view.
I included a screenshot of the Nik SEP2 interface here so you could see all the control points, and the settings on them (control points are not included in the preset, because they are very specific to the individual image). They are critical to making this image what it is. The bottom four points are all on trees, and sized to cover that area. Each one lightens up the trees just a little bit, as the overall effect had darkened them to near-black.
Looking at the two in the sky, the lower one is adding a lot of contrast, and slightly darkening, the sky and clouds. However that resulted in the sun becoming a much larger, blown-out hole in the sky. So I dropped another control point right on the sun, protecting that from the point below it, and even reduced the contrast a bit to counteract the effects a bit more.
Click the buttons below to download the preset and also the original RAW file if you're interested. It shouldn't matter if you're using Aperture, Lightroom or Photoshop to access the Nik filters.
If you're interested in more photos (in color), I posted a few on my facebook page.
That whole "creative commons" tag
For those of you that are contributors, you know I originally encouraged people post the creative commons badge on their post. I actually got tired of doing it and stopped a while ago, as most of you did, but one of the posts in the queue had it on there and I thought "oh right… I did ask folks to do this!". What do you think; is it necessary? The site does say at the bottom that all work is CC, but it's pretty fine print. Waddaya think? Be diligent and require it, or just scrap it?