A making photo : Dduk-bojung #1

What is ‘Dduk-bojung’?

If not for press release, I should be able to boldly correct my photo as much as I want …  However, I have (had) a perception deeply carved in mind, ‘photography is a medium of conveying facts, thus shouldn’t distort too much to be a realistic presentation’. Well… I like to change. I want to put my photo somewhere in between ‘press photographs’ and ‘paintings’ that interpret painter’s imagination on the frame. That is the Dduk-bojung I say.

Oh, then…why don’t you use ‘heavy post processing’ or ‘bold-whatever-processing’? What the H…  Dduk?

Changing perception is not easy, no matter decide to do so or want to so badly. There was good reason why it is carved, and it would not worn out overnight. The best way to change is going wild without taking too much measures. I intentionally select the term ‘Dduk-bojung’ in Korean which express too-much-bold-rough-stuff….  When take umbrella, afraid splashing out but when go out in the rain and wet for 5 minutes, no worry any longer raindrops…C’est la vie.

Original raw

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It’s not a real raw state, I removed sensor dirt, straighten horizon, and pressing Auto to spread the tone along histogram profile. This is the process  to check how much detail is recorded in the file

 

 

Trimming

I do not like sandy beach at the lower side of original file. Sandy beach at cloudy day looks distracted and messy, so I cut it out a big chuck and do the same for the sky to make balance, so that Panorama shot. The composition of the photo depends on personal taste and the content what you want to express… In here I want to make attention on the long and narrow wave line and the turtle island seen far away, no more….

Color adjustment — Preset

 

I applied Sunset Preset that I made here. I have created four presets so far and I used 3rd one, ‘Sunset_golden’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leo’s preset : Sunset_golden

 

The most important thing to adjust the mood and color is the white balance. Sometime before, I post a comparison between Phase One and Kodak Digital back, where the color temperature of the Kodak back set about 30-40 degrees higher, and add a little more magenta in the Tint which makes Kodak color distinct from the Phase one color.

Here, I raised the white balance (7000, +10) to change the daylight into a sunset.

The intensity of the color is Vibrance +30, Saturation +5.

 

 

The tone curve makes the contrast, and here highlight area is enhanced but normal straight line is also fine with the picture. What is important in this preset is ‘color’, not contrast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the HSL tab, increase Saturation for red, orange, and yellow. What we want is a sunset mood, isn’t it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The picture taken at ISO 50 with 13 second exposure. In general, no need to worry about noise at low ISO like 50 or 100, but in the case of long exposure photo, it may occur in the shade area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hardly touched anything else. Post-Crop Vignetting darkens the edges of the photo slightly, and Camera Calibration, which plays an important role in color, I leave as Adobe Standard, the default setting. You can choose Camera standard or Camera landscape, but Sony’s camera color setting is…well… hard to get used … this is a biggest ‘Sony Sorry’ factor.

Still, the dynamic range of Sony raw files is very wide. I admit I like it very much. This photo was shot in -1 stop thus quite dark in original raw, but as soon as +1 stop, whole detail became alive. One of reason why I want to have ‘my own color set’ instead of Sony’s camera color set.   :- )

Example of different setting, under experiments

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