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Old 16-05-2012, 07:25   #1 (permalink)
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How do you achieve this kind of feel?

How can you achieve this kind of lighting on a photo like that? Is it post processing or... ? I just can't put my finger on it. Is it the color temp?

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These photographs are prime examples of what I'm trying to get. This warm, somewhat underexposed feel to the photos, but I can't manage to achieve it.

Every suggestion or tip is greatly appreciated.
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Old 16-05-2012, 08:38   #2 (permalink)
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Re: How do you achieve this kind of feel?

I'd say that it is the time of day. The lack of contrast and shadows points to the very even light that you can get before dawn or after sunset. An overcast day will also give flat light, but I'd expect the pictures to be brighter and the light to be whiter.

After sunset light tends to be warmer, so I think that before dawn is the most likely.
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Old 16-05-2012, 10:39   #3 (permalink)
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Re: How do you achieve this kind of feel?

The top photo is the Brooklyn Bridge looking towards the north bank. You can see on the right hand side of the photo the glow of light coming up behind the buildings, this is east so it is definitely first thing in the morning.

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Re: How do you achieve this kind of feel?

I have been to NY and its looks like dawn to me as well. I have always understood that dawn is one of the best times to take photos though actually only make the great sacrifice of getting up early occassionally. Personally, I would like to see a little more shadow detail so would have taken multiple exposures or at least tried to pull up some detail from the Raw file. Some dawn or dusk Raw shots can also benefit from some White Balance adjustment but be careful not to overdo it.
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Old 17-05-2012, 09:05   #5 (permalink)
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Re: How do you achieve this kind of feel?

Yup, looks like TOD to me - and I'm another who much prefers the light in the morning to that in the evening (it's cleaner and crisper - evening tends to be hazier although warmer)
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Re: How do you achieve this kind of feel?

I've been reading a book all about using coloured gels on flash to achieve that golden glow in some circumstances so thats one way to do it - the gels over the flash lower the f rating by at least a full stop so if you don't compensate for that then yo u might achieve the under exposure that you're looking for
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Re: How do you achieve this kind of feel?

Definately either sunrise or sunset shots, it's the only time to get that wonderful light.
I suppose you could try to replicate it with flash, but it never looks as good as the real light.
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Re: How do you achieve this kind of feel?

2nd one of the three is partly how it looked (time of day etc) but I also think edited / photoshop - something like How to turn your photo into movie-like effect using Photoshop? « ebin
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Re: How do you achieve this kind of feel?

Regarding the pictures that you've shared us, as far as I know, the feeling of the person that will view certain picture, is based on the content that he/she's looking. And its because of the scene behind each picture.
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Re: How do you achieve this kind of feel?

I have a picture of the San Fransico bridge at +or- noon time, it looks to be the same as this picture. The sun is to the south as I took the picture almost in the same spot. I looked at the picture for a long time I remember when I had it up on my computer. I wrote it off to the longer shadows and some haze that made a warmer feeling and interesting composition.
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Re: How do you achieve this kind of feel?

These are early morning pictures that can be a strange mix of colours but often are quite pleasing! the second picture was taken with the lens wide open but you do really have to take a lot of care where you focus..on a couple of the Photoshop programmes that I use there is-- auto levels--auto contrast--auto colour correction-- I very rarely use these settings but just lately I have been having a play with them and sometimes but not always I am amazed what come up a few of the pics look really eye catching so now I check these setting out before I start to edit my pictures.....one never knows what may come up......
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