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Camera:Nikon D3000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:8 Jun 2011 - 7:07 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Aperture:f/22.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
ISO:280
Title:HDR sunset
Username:Brett1980 Brett1980
Uploaded:22 Jun 2011 - 8:15 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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Jestertheclown
22 Jun 2011 - 10:48 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Brett, welcome to Epz. and the critique gallery in particular.
You'll receive plenty of honest worthwile advice and opinions in here so never be afraid to ask if there's anything you're unsure about. Somebody will know the answer.
So . . .
There's a slight red cast to this which may be a result of the HDR jobbie that you mention and may be intentional. Overall though, it's a pleasing enough shot. It's not a good idea to shot straight into the sun and in this instance I think you would have got a better shot if you'd taken it with the sun just out of frame, probably to the left. The colours and the sunset would remain but the whitess of the sun would be removed.
I've uploaded a mod. with the red cast removed. I also sharpened it. Uploads often lose some sharpness in the re-sizing so it's always worth checking and sharpening again if need be before you upload.
Still, a good first upload and I'll look forward to seeing more of your work.
Hope this helps.

Cheers,

Bren.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2011 - 8:39 AM

Could be excellent, but even HDR has not controlled the tonal range - the area of the sun is rather too bright. There is a very strong red cast that is more than sunset oriented too. I'm not an HDR fan and rarely use it. I think a much reduced exposure in the first place would have given a better effect over all.

Paul

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Brett1980
Brett1980  3 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 - 9:10 AM

thanks for the comments guys, your helping me to improve.
Paul i added the original shot, although a bit to dark in my mind maybe a better non hdr image, this one was my first experiment into the world of hdr.

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41262 forum posts United Kingdom203 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2011 - 9:57 AM

I think I would have moved to the left and turned to the right to exclude the sun from the frame, if possible. The scene and clouds look interesting enough without that great white blob in the middle. Oh, and I hate HDR. If you wanted to balance the exposure for the sky and foreground, it would have been better to take an exposure for each and just blended them in layers, rather than go down the HDR route, IMHO.

Nick

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2011 - 2:40 PM

Having had a look at the mods, including your original, which is very red, I think you needed to wait for the sun to go down a bit, or behind light cloud. The tonal range is just too great and the intensity of the sun is the reason.

The original is still rather over exposed in respect to the sun.

Paul

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2011 - 2:46 PM

Good advice from the guys above. Just wanted to welcome you to the site Brett on behalf of the CG team Smile.

Best wishes

Catherine

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