Freeze Rain on a Gray Day -- Perfect for a Touch of Dehaze

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Dec 20, 2020 Dec 20, 2020

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Hands on Niihama Drum Festival

 

Imabari, JapanNikon D810, Tamron SP 70-200 f2.8 lens.(f/4.0, 190mm, ISO500, 1/1250sec)

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D
rifting around Japan, I caught wind of a rural drum festival. With few details, it was a bit risky, since I often follow leads, traveling days to find nothing there. This time, however, I totally scored. Weather was bleak, as it often is in Japan: rainy and dark. Standing around for a few hours, it felt like not much was going to happen. Some locals wandered the streets, mellow. Suddenly, men in traditional outfits marched toward, supporting enormous floats atop their shoulders -- with other men inside and atop the floats! And from other directions, the same! From nowhere, I was awash in a sea of humans (pre-pandemic, of course), banging over-sized drums, chanting, and singing. It was beautiful, and I still think I was the only foreigner around. I certainly only heard Japanese spoken all day.

 

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Here is how I edited this photo:
Lighten a bit

·         Lifted Exposure (+1.10), Shadows (+74), Whites (+37). The day was very dark, as you can see. Looking back, I'm satisfied with my chosen camera settings. A lot of movement, so I wouldn't have slowed it down. Perhaps could have added some ISO.

 

Drop Blacks

·          Not much needed; just a pinch (-27). I like my whites white as possible, and blacks black as possible, then I back them off a little so as to preserve some depth.

 

Raise Saturation, Dehaze

·          Brought Saturation up (+10) since the day was dreary (see raindrops?). Need not go too far or the photo would look fake.

·          Same for Dehaze, (+10). This is the sort of day Dehaze was made for.

 

Raise Sharpening, Clarity

·          Sharpening up (+84). If the shot were just of faces, or if I didn't want a gritty look (I usually do), I would have left this alone.

·          Clarity up (+26). Exactly same reasoning here as above.

 

Japan is one of my favorite places. People are overwhelmingly friendly their culture is rich. Go there (post-pandemic). Trust.

 
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Nice depth!

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