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This was taken in Newquay a couple of weeks ago, I was trying to get the HDR look! Is there anything I could have done different?

Cheers!!

Brand:nikon CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-70.0 mm f/3.5-4.5
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:19 Jun 2012 - 11:08 AM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/22.0
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:There's a storm coming!
Username:lanzalouis lanzalouis
Uploaded:30 Jun 2012 - 10:12 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Newquay cornwall
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pks
pks  10 England
30 Jun 2012 - 10:18 PM

looks like you have done what you set out to do great image well done !

peter

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lanzalouis
30 Jun 2012 - 10:19 PM

Thanks Peter!!

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2012 - 11:47 PM

A lovely shot and well processed
Jim

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2012 - 1:26 AM

It is a fantastic atmpsphere and a stunning rock.
I'd like the composition much better with the house on the right cropped off.
It distracts and troughs the otherwise beautiful composition out of balance.

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paulknight
1 Jul 2012 - 10:41 AM

I too think you have done what you set out to do. It is great. And I agree with Annette38's suggestion about cropping out the house at the right

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lanzalouis
1 Jul 2012 - 10:59 AM

Thanks for the comments guys, I have taken on board what you've said. I like the layout of the scene with the land sweeping down to the point and cropping it down would get rid of this feeling... so, I've photoshopped the house's to the right out of the scene... see updated image in modifications.

Thanks for all your comments and look forward to knowing what you think!

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lanzalouis
1 Jul 2012 - 11:01 AM

I've just looked at the modification again and it does look loads better!!!! CHEERS!!

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2012 - 11:11 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Welcome to EPZ Louis, I hope you enjoy your time with us. You have uploaded here to the Critique Gallery this is an excellent place to learn, many experienced photographers are available to assist so, enjoy.

This picture is very good, to me my first thought however, was that it required a bit more base to balance it, ie more beach to the bottom. The removal of the house to the right does the same thing.

I have uploaded a mod to show what I personally feel would have been a bit better. I added canvas at the bottom and cloned in the rest of the beach and cloned out the house rather hastily, but it gives you my suggested idea of compossition. I also brightened it up a little.

I don't think f22 was necessary here, perhaps f8 which would have given you more latitude when selecting your shutter speed. It would have been interesting to hear what you did in processing to give the HDR effect or was it done by the Nikon in-camera HDR facility?

Frank

Last Modified By Focus_Man at 1 Jul 2012 - 11:16 AM

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lanzalouis
1 Jul 2012 - 12:54 PM

Hi Frank,

Thanks for your advice!! I see exactly what you mean about the beach, gives it a bit more depth!! All I did to get the HDR effect was open the image in RAW format and expose for the foreground, then re-exposed the same RAW image for the sky. Layered one over the top of the other in CS5, cropped out the over exposed sky in the top image using the "refine edge" tool... this bringing the new exposed sky through from behind. I then used the "Dodge" and "Burn" tool to emphasise some of the shadows and highlights. As far as I know, my camera (Nikon D7000) does not have a built in HDR facility...?? I hope you can tell me otherwise as it would have been quicker ha ha!

Thanks for your advice and the mod looks ace!!

Louis

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Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2012 - 9:53 AM


Quote: Hi Frank,
As far as I know, my camera (Nikon D7000) does not have a built in HDR facility...?? I hope you can tell me otherwise as it would have been quicker ha ha!

Thanks for your advice and the mod looks ace!!

Louis

Not sure about the D7000, but my D5100 has a built in HDR facility but as yet, I haven't bothered to use it

Frank

Last Modified By Focus_Man at 2 Jul 2012 - 9:54 AM

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lanzalouis
2 Jul 2012 - 9:56 AM

D7000 has the bracketing feature which I have used a few times but on this occasion I didn't have a tripod with me... (School boy error ha ha!)

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