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Tahoe during sunset
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sulevlange Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
nice image!
eegariM Featured By Owner May 11, 2017
Interesting composition here. Kinda reminds me of another one you did a while ago, with the mountains in the backround just peaking over the boulders in the foreground.
EtherealSceneries Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Professional Photographer
I believe I have a picture above the water at or near this location. This one is much closer to the water so there is a difference in perspective. I do really love this spot, because it offers a lot from any direction depending on where the light or color is. This image is of much nicer quality than my previous, so I will just "discontinue" the other images that are similar but older, while I improve the quality of older images or do away with them completely. :)
eegariM Featured By Owner May 13, 2017
Sounds like a very nice spot. More often than not, spot only feature one good direction and if the light and clouds aren't lining up the right way it doesn't work. It's encouraging to have a spot you can just go to and adjust your composition and view according to the conditions your are facing. It doesn't feel like you have to "salvage" the situation but are able to get the best out of it, regardless. If you have your camera with you that is...
Yesterday we had such a stunning sunset at the old Conti factory area near my club. As you know, while the entirety of a sunset might be beautiful, sunsets mostly feature a peak of "best light" for a very short amount of time. This time it was different. It was more than 30 minutes of ever changing but gorgeous "best light". 30 minutes of a hell of a killer-show. Even after the sun set the whole cloudy sky was lit up in strong red, reflecting it back to the earth, bathing the whole land- and cityscape in scorching red. It looked so alien. :o And of course I had my camera at home. I found myself going around, using thumbs and index fingers of both hands to frame parts of the scape. At least I've got it in my memory.^^

What do you mean by improving the quality of older images? Do you post-process them again from stretch or take a new picture at the same location, which may also improve the composition somewhat?
EtherealSceneries Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Professional Photographer
Lol - I love slow burning sunset like that (who doesn't!). I have actually become sick of taking photos of one because it just kept going forever. I imagine this is how it would be to be at the north or south poles - in perpetual sunset or sunrise for an excessive amount of time. I would think that it must have been clear for hundreds or even thousands of miles to the west of you. Nothing was obscuring the light for a long ways! Too bad about you missing the chance for a picture. I have many images in my head too, including the one that also took about a half hour to set, when my camera died! That loss hurts a lot still, but it happens - lol.

What I mean about improving the quality of an older photograph is to either process from the same original raw file at the beginning again, or to choose a higher quality image from the same composition. Sometimes I rush the choosing of an image and don't really analyze each image. I come home with a lot of photos and it can be overwhelming. Another difference would be, I see older photos in a new light. Anything I have learned new in Photoshop can be applied to older images. Older images that I had trouble processing are now easier to process and as such end up in much better image quality. Some images that I never even touched, because I couldn't fix glaring problems with, because I didn't know how - now I do.

Funny side note - I purchased the very best computer my money could buy about 2 months ago, to keep up with the large files of the Nikon 810 (40mb) that ended up being about 200mb during post process. Ironically, I have brought this computer to its knees by now having files exceed 15gb (yes, 15GB!) during post process. I cannot even save the file because there is no file format that supports anything over 2gb. (I get around this by restarting my computer before closing Photoshop so that the scratch disks load the recovery data when I reboot!) My photoshop scratch disks exceed 300gb of data, and when all is said and done, I end up with a small .jpg  file that's only 135mb! ;) Ha! Anyways - I need an upgrade...but I have to wait for the parts to be made because they don't exist yet.

Enjoy the memories of your sunset! :D
eegariM Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
You mean clear in terms of clouds? Might be, I don't know of course. There were some clouds on the horizon but very few. Most clouds were directly above us or to the east.

Ok, that's what I thought. You improvement with photoshop is immense compared to mine and even I have had experiences like that. The only problem with that is that you memories of how it looked in reality will vanish over time so you have to improvise a natural look more if you post-process a picture months or even years after you have taken it. It works if you gathered enough experience but it's not exactly optimal in my eyes.

Regarding your saving issue, I think I have read a video title regarding that on youtube-suggestion a few weeks ago. Actually, a quick search and I got it:… Apparently you can save the files as PSB instead of PSD in photoshop to circumvent the 2GB file size limitation. I hope that fixes things for you.

Also 135 mb jpegs, lol. The 68 mb already gave me a headache when I wanted to get it printed because the shop's software only allowed files up to 50 mb for transmittal. They had to copy it on CD and send it per post to the laboratory, lol.
EtherealSceneries Featured By Owner May 29, 2017  Professional Photographer
Sorry - I've had family staying over, so my time here has been limited. ;)

Right - I am not referring to the clouds over your head but the lack of them to your west. If too many clouds shroud the sun to your west, none of the light will get through to color up the clouds over your head. Clouds overhead and to your east will make some fantastic sunsets, and depending on how far the clear skies to the west reach, correlates to the length of color in a sunset. The opposite would be true for sunrise. Speaking of sunrise, lol- my sister-in-law and I went for a 3 mile sunrise hike at 4am in the morning. I forgot my tripod. I enjoyed watching with my eyes, and the camera stayed in the backpack. :\

The .PSB file type is a lifesaver - thank you! I did not know of this, but it is extremely helpful! :D Sometimes I am purposely ignorant to things as a way to surprise myself later on when I decide to unlock answers I purposely ignored for so creates small moments of joy. lol.

I too have had some issues having my images printed as well because of the limit on file size, but I do a lot of business with them, so they were eventually able to accommodate me.
eegariM Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017
Ah ok, that makes a lot of sense. That's probably the reason it almost never happens in germany. There will always be some clouds somewhere.^^

Your sister in law was the one we met when we came back from Knob Peak? Or was that someone else (I can't remember...)? Sounds like something that could happen to me, too. Although I would probably just place my camera on my shoes and some clothes and salvage a shot. :D It limits your compositions but it's what I have been doing since I started doing photography and until now a tripod has always been a nice-to-have instead of a must-have for me. I'm sure though it wouldn't meet your quality standards, too bad. : /

Sure, I'm really glad it helped you. :) The problem with .PSB, like with .PSD, is that it doesn't safe layer progression if you merge them or use NiK collection. That hasn't been a problem for me because I never merge layers. Some people do that though, for whatever reason...

I can imagine that having a personal relationship with print shops certainly helps.
EtherealSceneries Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Professional Photographer
No, this is the older sister-in-law. She is a Cardiac Surgeon from Washingington DC. You met the younger of the two.

Any tripod would work for me as long as it had enough weight to help stabilize it and compose a picture. I generally am using slow shutter speeds at the lowest iso, so handheld is not an option for landscapes, unless it's mid day. I could have set my camera on a stump or rock or whatever I could find, but the filter system on it is way to big vertically and even if I got it to stand on something, the chances that it's pointing in the right direction on all axis would be very slim.

So far the PSB file type is working great. I use a crapload of layers and I merge/flatten a lot too, and so far so good!
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Michawolf13 Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
  Lovely by KmyGraphic
maryland-virginia Featured By Owner May 10, 2017
Very impressive capture..we must love God's creation.
EtherealSceneries Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Professional Photographer
And I do! Thank you sir. :)
stvwoe Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
neat capture...!
cubicmicron Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
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