Dark and dramatic, or just too dark?


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Hi - Having been a reader of this excellent forum for a little while now, I thought I'd pluck up the courage and post a photo or two.

Ok these are my first sunset attempts with my new canon 350D....nothing added, nothing taken away, just resized. All comments / critisism welcome.

Thanks in advanced. Tanya :)


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I don't know if it's my monitor but for some reason the overall images seems dark, but there appears to be a high contrast applied to all of them.

Great attempt Tanya :thumbsup: and I'm sorry for the negitive feedback, but it could just be my monitor.

The second image is the best of the bunch.

Jazz Monkey Jr

Distinguished Member
I am not very good at Photoshop but I have had a play as they look a bit flat.

As you can see from the levels, all your photo is in the middle, making it look a bit flat.

I tweaked the levels to give it more contrast.

Then I increased the saturation and ran it through Noiseware.

This took me 5 minutes and makes it look more dramatic IMO.

Jazz Monkey Jr

Distinguished Member
I had a go with the second one aswell, same process.
I hope you don't mind me playing with them, but trying to show you a few basics in Photoshop.



Surprising what a difference a few post processing tweaks can make in PS, spot on Jazz Monkey Jr.


Standard Member
Wow - thanks for the quick responce and advice !! I've got photoshop but knowing where to start is a bit daunting...will need to hunt down a good book or two I think.

Please feel free to play with the images all you like - I'm here to learn :)

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