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I took this image last year and thought I would have a bash at giving it the HDR treatment, and this is the result. V2 is a mono conversion of this tone mapped image.

A huge thank you to all those who have clicked and commented on my last couple of mouse uploads, your support is really appreciated.

M@rk

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 500D
Lens:Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:1 Oct 2012 - 7:56 AM
Focal Length:23mm
Aperture:f/18.0
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
ISO:125
Title:Among the fields of gold...
Username:marktc marktc
Uploaded:6 Jan 2012 - 4:22 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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DaveU
DaveU  81344 forum posts England121 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 4:29 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

IMO HDR is better suited to interiors. The problem here is that the tone-mapping has sucked a lot of contrast out of the sky and introduced halo artifacts around the tree branches. Landscapes for me are better done with ND grads or by merging two exposures, one for sky and one for land.

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 4:32 PM

Now that is a lovely sight.
I expect what Dave says is useful stuff but as I don't know anything about HDR I can't really comment. I love the colours though.
Chris

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sherlob
sherlob e2 Member 82429 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom126 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 4:36 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Dave as said it all in regard to the HDR effect here - although I would add that I have used HDR very well within landscapes. The key is a subtle effect - as soon as the halo comes in you've lost it. Adding contrast after the image has been tone mapped helps. However, the composition has promise. I do wonder if a square format may be better - crop the rag caught on the barbed wire from the right, and the tree from the left.

Adam

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 456 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 4:41 PM


Quote: IMO HDR is better suited to interiors. The problem here is that the tone-mapping has sucked a lot of contrast out of the sky and introduced halo artifacts around the tree branches. Landscapes for me are better done with ND grads or by merging two exposures, one for sky and one for land.

Thanks for your comments Dave, I'll give it a try next time round.

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 456 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 4:42 PM


Quote: Dave as said it all in regard to the HDR effect here - although I would add that I have used HDR very well within landscapes. The key is a subtle effect - as soon as the halo comes in you've lost it. Adding contrast after the image has been tone mapped helps. However, the composition has promise. I do wonder if a square format may be better - crop the rag caught on the barbed wire from the right, and the tree from the left.

Adam

Thanks Adam, I'll give it a try with the original image and post sometime in due course.

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sherlob
sherlob e2 Member 82429 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom126 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 4:48 PM

Your welcome Mark.

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DaveU
DaveU  81344 forum posts England121 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 4:54 PM

Hope you didn't think my comment too negative Mark. I do like the golden foreground and misty middle ground. Just I don't think the HDR processing has done the sky any favours.

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 456 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 5:00 PM


Quote: Hope you didn't think my comment too negative Mark. I do like the golden foreground and misty middle ground. Just I don't think the HDR processing has done the sky any favours.

No not at all... I had noticed the halo and wasn't really sure how to get rid of it, I have just been playing with the image and will upload another couple of versions, if you would so kind as to comment that would be great. Thanks for your help

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DaveU
DaveU  81344 forum posts England121 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 5:09 PM

Just a thought Mark .... if you're using Photomatix for your HDR processing then it may be worth looking at Exposure Fusion rather than Tone Mapping. The former has less processing options but IMO can give more "natural" results.

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DaveU
DaveU  81344 forum posts England121 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 5:23 PM

Nice to see the other versions Mark. Lol but you'll be getting pissed off with all my comments so I'll make this the last.

Perfection for me would be something mid-way between V3 and V5. Both of them have the sky nicely sorted but for me the colours in V3 are too saturated and those in V5 not saturated enough as you've lost that lovely golden colour in the field. Which just goes to prove that you can please some of the people some of the time but you'll never ever please a DaveU. Lol Smile

Last Modified By DaveU at 6 Jan 2012 - 5:24 PM

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 6:36 PM

I applaud the HDR experiment. This shot has a nice, almost painting-like quality.
-=\Walter

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 8:44 PM

I have never done HDR_-so the vote is for trying it!

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paulcr
paulcr  101536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 8:49 PM

I like the crop in V4. Paul

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 11:05 PM

v4 and v5 work best for me - you obviously had some wonderful light to work with
Helen

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2012 - 8:33 AM

v1 for me mark like the colours nice one Wink
andy

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AnnChown e2 Member 5192 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2012 - 9:32 PM

Nice composition and warm light Mark!
Ann

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