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I captured this image of London Tower when the sun was low and giving a golden tint. I have used HDR toning in CS5 to increase the texture in the stone work and used transform ( Skew ) help improve the vertical lines.

Comments on how this can be improved most welcome.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:11 Aug 2012 - 5:57 PM
Focal Length:23mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Fired
Title:Tower of London
Username:bazza21 bazza21
Uploaded:13 Aug 2012 - 10:25 PM
Tags:Architecture, General, London, Tower of london
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Jestertheclown
13 Aug 2012 - 10:34 PM

This looks just a bit 'flat' to me; as if it needs a bit of a boost.
I've added a mod. in which I've simply applied threshold black and white points using curves.
Hope this helps.

Bren.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 13 Aug 2012 - 10:35 PM

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2012 - 10:45 PM


Quote: This looks just a bit 'flat' to me; as if it needs a bit of a boost.
I've added a mod. in which I've simply applied threshold black and white points using curves.
Hope this helps.

Bren.

Agree with Bren here. Those slight tweaks adds a lot more impact.
Matt

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tonyguitar
14 Aug 2012 - 5:33 AM

I agree with Matt as well. This is a sea of great stoneworks and masonry. We have so little of that richness here on Vancouver Island BC. Count and respect your blessings. TG

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Sooty_1 Critique Team 41176 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2012 - 5:52 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its is usually the HDR processing that makes it so flat by compressing the tonal range too much. You get texture and 3D information by having shadows, if you tone map the shadows out, you lose visual information.
That's what has happened here - the stonework looks like blocks of colour with little modelling. The mod helps a little, but id be interested to compare it to the original.

Nick

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bazza21
bazza21  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2012 - 8:53 PM

Thanks for all the comments and advice, I will try using the curves rather than HDR. We live & learn Smile

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14 Aug 2012 - 9:41 PM

Hi Bazza, Ive uploaded a mod. I had the advantage of being able to use your original shot.

So, essentially, HDR wont do much for this. Real HDR needs multiple exposures at stops of the same image to work on; HDR using a single image is the same as using the shadow/highlight tool in Photoshop CS.

So, the image is quite difficult to get the right contrast all over. This is because the bottom, larger brickwork, is not only darker than the upper stonework, but its in shade. The upper, lighter coloured areas, - especially that round tower is in sunshine, and reflecting light with no shadows. Again, this is especially visible on the round tower, because of the shape.

So the way to work this image is in sections, treating each area differently as required.

The result is the mod. I used threshold/curves also, but I did 4 variations on different areas so try to get the whole with as similar a contrast as I could. Its fiddly, but it works.

The way around it in the first place is probably to avoid the Sun on the building, try low light early morning or late evening perhaps.



regards


Willie

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bazza21
bazza21  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2012 - 9:45 PM

Interesting, I will have a play...

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tonyguitar
15 Aug 2012 - 2:16 AM

Willie is most profound when he says..

[/Q] The way around it in the first place is probably to avoid the Sun on the building, try low light early morning or late evening perhaps. [/Q]

This was taken when long light is just beginning at 5:57 pm Here in Western Canada the best light for stonework seems to be 7:15 to 8:15 pm in August at least.

That is a quick passing time window and like most humans I very often miss it myself. TG

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