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This is HDR taken with a small digital camera edited on photoshop and photomatix. would love to take the picture again with a proper camera but
unfortunately it was a days walk here from glen brittle with a bit of climbing along the way so we were trying to pack light.
No matter tho i think the picture turned out ok except the ghosting around te mountain.
All comments and edits are welcome.
If somebody could bring out some detail in the mountains and remove the ghosting as i tried with no success.
Thanks

Camera:Nikon Coolpix S8000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:31 Aug 2010 - 8:54 AM
Focal Length:5.4mm
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
ISO:100
Title:Loch Coruisk
Username:jenkins75 jenkins75
Uploaded:1 Sep 2012 - 12:10 AM
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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom853 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2012 - 8:06 AM

Doesn't look at all HDR. The faint ghosting is not noticeable, but there is still a bit too much tonal range. Foreground a bit dark, but mainly mountains too light. Assume to attempt HDR with a compact and no RAW file you used manual or exposure compensation to give the various exposures necessary.

Paul

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1 Sep 2012 - 9:01 AM

I certainly did not realise that you had processed this using HDR toning, however if done finely as this it is indeed a great tool in which to had that little bit of "Jena sa qua?" I think that a square crop might be in order, and a little bit of careful burning in the rather over exposed areas.

Regards Nathan

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Jestertheclown
1 Sep 2012 - 10:46 AM

I'm usually no fan of HDR because of the over-cooked results that it often throws up but this is an example of how it should work.
You can retrieve some detail in the mountains using 'curves,' although I dare say that you've already thought of that and you'd need (I think) to use a layer mask to apply it.
As for the ghosting, such as it is, as Nathan has said, gentle burning helps but I couldn't lose it completely. You could though, clone some of the softer cloud over it quite easily.
I'm sure there's more in there than I've got out of it. It just needs more time spending on it and to work on (a copy of) the original.
Hope this helps.

Bren.

Edit; sorry, I should have added that I've uploaded a mod. of the top part. It still needs tweaking.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 1 Sep 2012 - 10:48 AM

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