I thought that I'd gone through all the train shots that I'd taken the other day but then I came across this one. I'm not entirely convinced this works, but it's an example of a kind of reflection shot I've been working on so thought I'd put it up. Basically, the technique I've been trying out is for manipulating very flat images; i.e. ones with very little contrast, and involves applying an almost vertical Curve to the image.

What I like about this technique is that it renders almost imperceptible aspects of the original scene visible. What I'm less sure about, and less confident about controlling, is the noise. Normally, a shot taken at ISO 200 is relatively noise-free, but when you increase the contrast this much it becomes much more visible. In the full-res' version this looks ok – almost as though this was a painting – but it's a bit less convincing at this size.

Anyway, let me know what you think.

Oh, and the converted RAW file is here:


As you can see the end result isn't much like the original ;-)

capture date
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shooting mode
exposure bias
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RAW converter
3.32pm on 6/4/05
Canon 20D
EF 17-40 f/4L USM
40mm (64mm equiv.)
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C1 Pro
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