Galata Tower and Istanbul skyline

Still practicing the linear workflow, with filmic and color balance. Added the latest tip of Local Contrast in multiple blend mode. :smile:

However, I feel the image still lacks any mood or pop. Really looking forward to different interpretations :blush:

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I think you’re just missing a good crop, otherwise it looks really nice.


I agree with @paperdigits on the crop. There’s a lot in that frame. Here’s a quick attempt with old school dt 2.6.2 (I’m not going 3.0+ until I have a chance to replace my rickety HDD).

Honestly, I wanted to crop a lot more tightly than this. There is some really interesting architecture in some of the buildings that you tend not to notice in the presence of so many buildings. BTW, I expect the rail at the top of the tower looks a lot different in 2020 than it did in 2018. Quite the crowd.

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Ohh this looks much better! Amongst all this discussion of software and post processing, I forgot I still have lots to learn about the basics of photography. Composition and framing :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Crop is your most powerful tool, always :slight_smile:

Just testing the multiply mask, plus bird removal. (2nd try, less blue)

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DT 3.0.1 Very nice shot, Thanks for sharing

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Nice shot! Here’s my quick take :smiley:

Edit: Can I get a sanity check? Is it too hdr looking with all this contrast etc?


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Nice photo! Cropping away the buses really helps a lot

RT 5.8 NewLocallab

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I love both :heart_eyes:

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Maybe I should travel to Instanbul after the COVID-19 crisis. Looks interesting.

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Thanks man :smiley:
Idk, I left for an hour and came back to see the images, and something is off. Too sharp, too contrasty or something. It looks more like Italy than Turkey (not that I’ve ever been to Turkey).

Hm, actually when I look at it in bigger size it’s fine. Oh well xD

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A tighter crop:

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RT with similar crop

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with dt3
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Could almost be a snow globe.

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It’s late and I’m tired, so I may hate it tomorrow, but here’s my quick attempt with some basic adjustments in DT and then a sky replacement, crop, and LUT in GIMP:

Here is the sky I used if anyone is interested:

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Wow. Really brings out the mood. :ok_hand: