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Filming Tamagawa Taiko (5/6) | by Thiophene_Guy
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Filming Tamagawa Taiko (5/6)

The Tamagawa University Taiko drum and dance corps performed for Sakura Sunday 2012 at Fairmount park in Philadelphia, PA. The audience was dominated by amateur photographers, as recalled by these six images.

   

Technical trivia

Camera:

Autofocus and JPG necessitated by camera and conditions.

 

Processing

Correct lens distortion (Olympus Master) then use Noise Ninja to clean up images.

(note: this is in addition to blurry automatic noise reduction)

 

Black level enhancement

- Generate a copy

- Use 'curves' tool to set bottom 10% of colors to black (HSV color space, Picture Window Pro)

- Composite with original using soft light transformation at 50% opacity (note: order matters).

 

Observation

This approach also modifies colors in a pleasing (to me) way. Interestingly, photos not available for public viewing are given much higher 'interestingness' rank than comparable public ones with hundreds of views.

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Taken on April 15, 2012