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STS-120 Launch
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Nearby water reflects the light from Space Shuttle Discovery as it heads for blue sky from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre. Launching on mission STS-120 to the International Space Station, lift off was on time shortly before midday on Tuesday. As well as the usual clean ups/refinements, I have opened up the deep shadows in the foreground and boosted the colour and contrast overall.

Credit: NASA/JPL

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Tecumseh
10/24/07 11:15 PM GMT
This is really an excellent photo.
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ya'aa'tey
.89037
10/25/07 4:54 AM GMT
A fabulous image!!...superb colours and lighting!..I admire your work!..faved it!..thank you!!
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Adriana....:)
.Inkeri
10/26/07 8:29 PM GMT
Amazing scene..Fantastic imago..Superb work..
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.Tomeast
10/26/07 11:20 PM GMT
Awe inspiring.
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.purmusic
11/10/07 7:40 PM GMT
Heyyy!! Look everybody!!

Phil's working the HDR stuff big time here.


I am so joking. :oP

Excellent ... and judicious work Phil, particularly in opening up the foreground. I like that element a lot.

A couple of questions ... 'foreground'; meaning literally the foreground of the photo? Or are you including the area of the visible shore bank (reeds and grasses et al) as well, in and around the water's edge?

And ... how? Not looking for an indepth tutorial here, just curious if you could point the way towards some experimentation for 'us'.

That aside ... what really impresses me is the billowing clouds of smoke coming from the thrusters. The detail in that element is incredible.

Colour boost looks handled well too. Natural looking and the sky has retained its' gorgeous and striking blue colour for some colour contrast eye candy. (Here I am referring to no colour cast or distortion ... it's still a sky, tyvm. :oP)

Nice work. I love launch shots ... and can feel the anticipation building within me, even though the moment has already passed.

Thanks for posting this one, I do appreciate your work and these kinds of shots. :o)

+favs for me.
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&philcUK
11/10/07 8:08 PM GMT
Les - this is the original image from the NASA media archives so you can compare to what has been cleaned up here.

there's no big secret as to the 'how' - all of the basic methods I use for restorations and fix ups are already posted in the tuts gallery:

HDR

Spit & Polish

Autofix

aside from those, it usually just involves lots of patience in CS3 cutting masks and Noise Ninja :-)
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.purmusic
11/10/07 8:45 PM GMT
Thanks Phil, I appreciate that information.

For some reason I missed your "Spit & Polish" tutorial. Could have been that initially I saw Noise Ninja in the header/title and passed on it, thinking it was not applicable for my situation. But, now having read through it I see I was mistaken.

As for a side by side comparison of the two images, original and your rework ... well of course yours takes the prize.

And I can now see what areas you did mask. Neat little trick with the sky ... masking what you did brings a more immediate sense (to my eyes anyways) of a moment just ... just, after liftoff and adds some more depth to the image too. As the background separation of clouds and thruster exhaust are well separated now in their colourations.

Really nice work. And thanks again for sharing your 'secrets'. ;o)
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&philcUK
11/10/07 8:49 PM GMT
you're welcome
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