Winter graduated filter

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I am attending a Lightroom workshop for a couple of days and I am glad to be able to pick up some new tricks. Last night we used how to use the graduated filter and that is great news for someone who never had such a filter for the camera. With a lot of burnt out skies as a result. I used a bit of this fiter in the picture above. Maybe too much?

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Then I tried on a picture that was not a landscape, trees against the sky, and a frozen flower. But decided they looked better without. There are some information about this method in this web magazine.

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28 thoughts on “Winter graduated filter

  1. On the time of film and optical filter, time to time I was forced to use it as
    the client, editor like to have “Typical” photo 😀 = sky has to be blue
    and the evening sky got to be orange 😀

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  2. I wish they had the option to “curve” the boundary, but otherwise I have used it occasionally. But I do also have an actual filter.

    Surprisingly, that is harder to use well. At least for me.

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  3. I think the first photo looks perfect to me – not at all too dark or heavy in the sky.

    Wasn’t sure whether you meant you had used it on the second photo or that 2nd photo was the original – that one looks a bit dark to me (on my computer screen).

    The third photo looks fabulous – lovely composition too. Really beautiful soft light. I envy you that soft light in your winter.

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  4. The GNDF in LR is ok but if you have anything other than a straight line to work to it can also affect areas you don’t want to darken. Another option is to select the sky ( for example) using Quick Select in PS then use a curves adjustment layer and darken.

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  5. The first photo is absolutely wonderful. If you don’t use the graduated filter too much, it’s always nice. I have no lightroom. But it’s great what some can do with it. Go’ helg! 😀

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  6. The pic with the reindeer looks wonderful, bente. I think the graduation is very subtle; seeing those slight bits of pink with the sunrise is most effective. Excellent composition and post-processing! 🙂

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