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#1 m_abukhalid

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 11:20 PM

This was a fun target to process. Lots of detail thats easy to pull. As a matter of fact I worry I may have gone too far! The integrated image was created using 19 calibrated light frames at 5 mins each at ISO 200. Calibration still not optimal but its getting there. Sadr really gave me a hard time at certain steps but it worked out somehow. Would love to hear from people if they have opinions on how to improve the processing of this image as I definitely plan to revisit.

 

Heres an image processed with just as masked stretch and a curves transformation in the non linear phase:

Butterfly SMI PIP 07 clone

 

I discovered the exponential transform function today and it really does work wonders. Does change the overall look of the image though and changes the reds to an orange that I couldnt seem to fix:

Final

 

Please drop a comment and let me know which of these two images you prefer and why, along with any improvement that could be made. Thanks!


Edited by m_abukhalid, 16 September 2020 - 11:24 PM.


#2 MHamburg

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 12:28 PM

Both are beautiful!

Michael




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