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Experimenting with PS processing

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I've tried heavily sharpening a Moon shot, boosting the contrast and adding some Lens flare. What are your thoughts? Too unnatural or cool? :)

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The sharpening is fine and is a normal part of lunar image processing - not sure that the lens flare adds much other than to emphasize the relative greyness of the Moon though.

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Yep, the lens-flare is a no-no... unless you're after a job on the "Babylon 5" movie crew. :)

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Haha, I have been watching Babylon 5 of late, and yes indeed - that is pretty much a B5 shot, though you need more Nebula! :)

Lens flare is almost a joke, with internet meme's like "NEEDS MOAR LENS FLARE FOR WIN" - the moon itself is a loverly shot, and rather enjoyable, sometimes less is more!

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Lens flare is ok if you can see or partially see the source of the light that it is coming from,might work for a lot of astro situations but the moon isnt one of them IMHO.

I'm a photoshopaholic but even i would draw the line at lens flare on a lunar shot such as this.Sharpen and contrast boost to your hearts content by all means though.

The shot itself is very good but the flare tends to draw your eye away from the important part of the shot...namely the moon itself.

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Thanks for the feedback, I was basically messing about in PS. I remember Babylon 5, and really enjoyed it. I don't remember what happened at the end if there ever was a climax to the show?

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Not keen on the lens flare myself, though I didn't watch Babylon 5!

Sharpening looks good, what tools did you use?

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I love the fact that Babylon 5 was originally done on Amiga's, although i think they switch to other computers in the later seasons..( i could be wrong on the swithch bit )

as for the program itself ill pass.

Lens flare is a no no for me, nice moon image though :)

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Yes, Babylon 5 did have a final sensible end - the last series was a bit all over the place after the main story arc had finished.

The software used at the time is available from free use now - as it's so old the manufactuers have released it - sorry can't remember the name of it - I'd go with other folks on the lens flare

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Yes, Babylon 5 did have a final sensible end ...

The software used at the time is available from free use now - as it's so old the manufactuers have released it

The software was LightWave 3D, which is still going today.

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Scientifically speaking, the physics of the shadows and lens flare is just wrong. However, I used to be a pro specialist science photographer and pictures like this can be good sellers in certain publications. One of my best selling images was a scanning electron micrograph of sperm cells which were artificially coloured (in photoshop) to look like jelly beans (very unscientific). :(

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