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I made some photos with my camera in Vietnam, playing with the shutter speed. I think I have some cool photos now, but i’m really bad at the editing and don’t know which is prettiest to edit.

Can someone please make something beautiful out of this? Forever grateful!

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Rich54

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I combined your 5th image (best exposure of the lanterns) and 6th image. Then I played with the brightness, contrast and saturation, and also did a slight crop of the right side. (I guess you used a tripod because the lanterns matched perfectly in the two images.)

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JeffK

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Color isn't my best option but thought to take a try at it. Reduced the orange color cast and then added saturation. Sharpened a bit since the woman is out of focus probably from a night shoot. Retouched up the lamps to bring them back and add a bit of drama to the shot.
Let me know what you think - also would welcome comments from the group here.
- Jeff
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Rich54

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I agree with JeffK that sharpening the woman (only her and the bench, nothing else) looks better. I'm attaching my revised edit here. (And I like the orange color cast because many of the lanterns are orange, so it adds to the mood.)

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JeffK

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@Rich54 - awesome work, Rich. I also like how the lamps/lanterns are presented and that connects the orange cast.
Great aesthetics!
- Jeff
 

JeffK

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This one was tougher to work with. Tried using the same settings but trying to bake the same cake with different ingredients.
Did my best - hope this one works for you.
- Jeff
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