Tim Hanko

Tim Hanko

Posted on 10/16/2015


Photo taken on September 12, 2015



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first lightroom try

first lightroom try
Curious to get opinions on this. The image on the right is the original one, the left after processing in Lightroom. What do you think? Any suggestions?

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44 comments - The latest ones
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Outstanding photos. The processing is great.
22 months ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
The Lightroom image is in my opinion byt far and away the best with better color and contrast and brightness.
22 months ago.
Helena Ferreira
Helena Ferreira
Awesome!
22 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
The Lightroom one brings out the star colours... this is done in most astronimical photography.

On balance.. I would probably go for that one... but ... I do love the original too. Both have different merits.
22 months ago.
Valfal
Valfal
I actually like the original shot on the right best; you did a fantastic job with exposure time in capturing the Milky Way. The colors look more natural in the original, too.
22 months ago.
Pierre Pomerleau
Pierre Pomerleau
Tim, my choice goes with the left one.
The colors are there, but a camera will never ''show'' what our eyes saw live.
Lightroom ''is'' a light room, and the colors ''are', embedded in your file (preferably a RAW one),
so you did'nt invent them, you enhance them.
Go for it, go with Lightroom !!!
22 months ago.
Gudrun
Gudrun
Lightroom any time! It gives you so much more scope and you always can go back to the RAW and start again;-)
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
Sonja
Sonja
The sky part of the image is indeed looking even nicer with the enhencement, but to be honest, alas not the rocks part, seen large it reveals the usual issues of a 1000+ ISO that are blissfully hidden in the mere silhuette of the original processing. Of course the sky is so stunning now almost nobody will scroll downward and look at the rock in big size when they can get lost in that perfect colourful details of the milky way! :)
22 months ago.
Gerard Perin
Gerard Perin
ce n'est pas nébuleux mais merveilleux
22 months ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
wonderful..............thanks and happy weekend:D
22 months ago.
mvaro
mvaro
A little bit of processing is always necessary as the camera doesn't record what you see soooo, left! But the original one is great too!
22 months ago.
Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson
Superb photo, like both versions.
22 months ago.
Jonathan Johannsen
Jonathan Johannsen
Lightroom one for sure. Great job!
22 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Awesome light room outcome!
22 months ago.
Chrissy S
Chrissy S
A wonderful capture and I also prefer the left.....it is simply just more (and probably more like what you saw).
22 months ago.
KaySeeArr
KaySeeArr
The image processed with Lightroom brings out more detail.
22 months ago.
Grisly (Roger)
Grisly (Roger)
I would be more than happy with the first one.
Which I think is the one I prefer as more natural .
22 months ago.
Frode Øen
Frode Øen
Right, nice shot.
22 months ago.
Old Owl
Old Owl
I prefer the Lightroom processing. The colour range reflects how the stars are. Regarding the land as mentioned by Sonja, it is possible to darken that part of the photograph and leave the sky as-is, probably using the graduated filter. Terrific photograph, by the way.
22 months ago.
Marcel-78/85
Marcel-78/85
For me original is better because it's more natural.
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
Juleann
Juleann
It's a conundrum, isn't it? I like them both. When I look at my original and compare to what I ended up with in LR, and if I feel like something essential was "lost" then I go back & tone it down a bit. I think you ended up with a bit too much magenta -- or lost too much blue. I also agree that the land mass got lightened too much by half.

But, you are a master at these images, Tim. It takes a good amount of skill to make this happen.
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
koaxial
koaxial
i personally prefer the lightroom version. Better colors and the lighter parts are more detailed. But you should not lighten the dark parts too much - some color noise is visible.
BTW - a great capture! absolutely stunning! - I tried myself a while ago and it was really hard work...
22 months ago.
Scott Lilley
Scott Lilley
I like the original,but the stars seem brighter in lightroom.
22 months ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
Excellent capture !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Wishes for Happy weekend "
22 months ago.
Ko Hummel
Ko Hummel
The right one is already very good. The lightroom version is also very good. Perhaps you good do with a fraction less saturation.

best wishes Ko
22 months ago.
cammino
cammino
The left one is wonderful!
22 months ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Prefer the original but that's just down to personal taste.
22 months ago.
Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
The right one is good. The left one is very good.
21 months ago.
Bee Nee
Bee Nee
Of course it looks much more interesting when processed - almost like from Hubble! Depends what one wants to show...
21 months ago.
Monica Meeneghan
Monica Meeneghan
I like them both but the left one so much better. It's great.
21 months ago.
Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle
Always difficult to choose between such shots when they are both good. Both have their own plus points. The one on the right does look more natural but I enjoy the 'lightroom edition for the added colour saturation, extra light and contrast which has a 'local tone mapped' look helped partially by the lift in shadow luminescence to the ground. As Bee Nee suggest, reminiscent of the Hubble shots. For me - I prefer the left shot slightly. Thanks for the chance to blow of steam in judging different photos Tim.

Cheers, Herb
21 months ago.
Jacky Dartier
Jacky Dartier
Magnifique travail photo
21 months ago.
Jean
Jean
Stunning result. I prefer the right one. A bit too much colour and contrast for me on the left. But maybe I'm just jealous of your skill.
21 months ago.
Fizgig
Fizgig
What I think would be best is a composite of the two shots... Keep the "land" section of the lightroom version at 100% and a 70/30 [approximation] mix of the sky portion of the shot in favor of the original & remove color noise from the original version before processing. I think the lightroom version removed too much of the natural tones -- and thereby removing quite a bit of depth & detail in the Milky Way section of the sky - from the original shot, but, at the same time, did a good job of removing color noise. My 2¢ =)

Standing alone & not compared to one another, but shots are equally nice, though =)
21 months ago. Edited 21 months ago.
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
perhaps the processed one is more spectacular, but I do prefer the original shot, more enchanting.
Fizzie's suggestion though is clever, the result would be a middle way between the tow pictures...
Any way I agree, both are beautiful !
21 months ago.
Steve Paxton
Steve Paxton
Tim if i can add a two cents worth. i like the look of the sky on the left and the ground on the right it looks like a natural night shot then. you have to come up with your own look 'what do i think looks natural of the time i as there'. it has taken me a few years to get where i want to be everybody is different thank goodness. both are a great result which do you like is of the greatest importance and can feel comfortable doing each time you edit the photos you take. if we never stop learning we are "dead". Steve
21 months ago.
Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann
beautifully skilful !
21 months ago.
Vonderwaterkant
Vonderwaterkant
Both versions are good!
21 months ago.
Bubbles
Bubbles
Both ones are great !
21 months ago.
Esther
Esther
I like the original one, even though it is not as bright. It just goes to show that everyone has different opinions.
21 months ago.
Rudy Bernardus
Rudy Bernardus
left i like more, the light and the colors.
21 months ago.
Iljuschin
Iljuschin
Which options did you change? When changing exposure in the bottom part, did you check not to zero out completely? (you can check this with the little triangle on your histogram graph in the upper corners) If completely 0,0,0 a print will be problematic, because full black will glance and reflect...
21 months ago.
Василий Касимовский
Василий Касимовский
The left picture (the processed in Lightroom) me is pleasant to me more.
21 months ago.