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This was my first go at doing a HDR photo, please tell me what you think?

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:8 Apr 2011 - 6:37 AM
Focal Length:18mm
Aperture:f/22.0
Shutter Speed:1/8sec
ISO:100
Title:Bournemouth Pier
Username:nads69 nads69
Uploaded:27 Jul 2011 - 7:00 PM
Tags:Architecture, Landscape / travel
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dormouse1976
27 Jul 2011 - 7:10 PM

Nice first attempt.
Reduce the glow radius to reduce the holo effect at the top of the bridge and around the arches.
Would have been tempted, after using the HDR tool, to increase the shadowing on the near face of the bridge, just to make it a little darker.
And if you felt like something to do, I might also be tempted to remove the lens flare on the right of the image.

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chensuriashi
chensuriashi e2 Member 8132 forum postschensuriashi vcard England17 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2011 - 8:04 PM

Hi I took out the lens flare and cropped out some of the wasted space in the F/G and turned back the shades on the dark side of the pier that are hidden from the morning sun.
Hope you like it, thanks for the mod. Chen.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2011 - 10:13 PM

There's no point saying otherwise, you have over done the HDR a lot. Correctly used, HDR should balance tones but not be obvious. I'm afraid you have the typical HDR halo and a very flat image.

In effect you have compressed the tonal range and removed all tones at the white and black end of the scale, giving that very pastel look.

You need to pull back a mile on your HDR settings, then, when you get it close, you need to go back into the image editor and correct contrast. I would be very careful with HDR and use it only when very necessary - many people seem to be using it as a fashion - it is a tool, and must be mastered.

Paul

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