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M27 Editing - Which Version Do You Prefer?

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#1 gabebalazs

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Posted 23 June 2022 - 01:14 PM

I've posted one of these earlier today, but I processed a second version, with a different approach.

 

Which one do you prefer? (Just ignore the fake diffraction spikes if you're not a fan of them.)

 

 

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#2 havasman

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Posted 23 June 2022 - 01:31 PM

They're both good and I prefer the one that includes the stars. I generally do. Stars are beautiful, famously so. That one also has more and denser nebulosity with more detail included. Good stuff!


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Posted 23 June 2022 - 01:32 PM

I think the first one looks a bit better with less stars. 

 

Less busy looking, less green, and seems to give the nebula more depth.

 

Nice work!


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Posted 23 June 2022 - 01:34 PM

Awesome, 2 different opinions, that's good. Thank you.


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Posted 23 June 2022 - 01:38 PM

I like the second.


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Posted 23 June 2022 - 01:40 PM

Second one, more nebulosity...and more stars and they don't mess up the picture.


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Posted 23 June 2022 - 01:47 PM

ignoring the fake diffraction spikes , I like the first one.


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Posted 23 June 2022 - 01:48 PM

I hate them both because of the diffraction spikes :)

J/K, I prefer the 1st one though.
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Posted 23 June 2022 - 01:51 PM

The right one is the right one imo.



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Posted 23 June 2022 - 01:53 PM

I prefer the first one since it gets rid of the dull background

skyglow  as well as the multitude of stars that detract

from the planetary which is the subject of the image.  The

fake spikes on the brighter stars add a nice artistic touch

and is not overdone.  What do you like better??



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Posted 23 June 2022 - 02:11 PM

I prefer the deeper second one- although I can see that if someone wanted to frame it and hang it on the wall, the less cluttered version might be better for the world to relate to. Showcases the nebula shape better. 



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Posted 23 June 2022 - 02:19 PM

2nd one. Much more nebulosity visible.

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Posted 23 June 2022 - 02:20 PM

Thank you guys.

I really don't know which one I prefer. But I see both view points.



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Posted 23 June 2022 - 02:37 PM

I think I'd prefer option 3 - the nebula from the 2nd with the lack of stars from the 1st. :)


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Posted 23 June 2022 - 03:24 PM

I think I'd prefer option 3 - the nebula from the 2nd with the lack of stars from the 1st. smile.gif

I can do that...



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Posted 23 June 2022 - 03:42 PM

OK, so I tried to combined the good stuff from both images and got this:

 

 

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Posted 23 June 2022 - 04:27 PM

OK, so I tried to combined the good stuff from both images and got this:

I like that!



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Posted 23 June 2022 - 04:54 PM

My vote is for the second image in your first post, the nebulosity just looks better...but with the star field density of the first one. smile.gif

 

I like your third one but maybe the jpeg compression during upload killed the image a bit...it just looks softer to me? (or I just need to give in and get new glassesgrin.gif )


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Posted 23 June 2022 - 05:11 PM

I must be the only person who like stars in my pictures of the stars. ;O)


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Posted 23 June 2022 - 05:29 PM

I prefer the 2nd image. I would process with the following corrections using PixInsight. I would use Starnet or similar to remove stars, then I would change the color balance ever so slightly to remove some of the green in the blue portions of the nebula. Then on the stars I would either run Photometric Color Calibration to get the correct color or I would simply decrease the red. I think it shows a bias in that direction. An alternate approach would be to simply desaturate them. I would probably do both. 

 

Otherwise you have a very nice image that you should be proud of. 


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Posted 23 June 2022 - 06:15 PM

My vote is for the second image in your first post, the nebulosity just looks better...but with the star field density of the first one. smile.gif

 

I like your third one but maybe the jpeg compression during upload killed the image a bit...it just looks softer to me? (or I just need to give in and get new glassesgrin.gif )

Maybe this version?

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Posted 23 June 2022 - 06:17 PM

OK, so I tried to combined the good stuff from both images and got this:


Best one so far, by far.
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Posted 23 June 2022 - 06:18 PM

Maybe this version?


No, I mean this one. :D
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Posted 23 June 2022 - 06:18 PM

Each one you do, it keeps getting better. Keep going!
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Posted 23 June 2022 - 09:16 PM

Maybe this version?

Absolutely!  Very, very nice! applause.gif


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