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I have been trying out Oloneo HDR so this is a blend of 3 exposures 2 stops apart. I was hoping for a reasonably natural look rather than obvious hdr.
I know the pylons and cables could be cloned out and possibly the 2 distant bales.
As always any feedback will be gratefully received.
Thanks,

Phil

Brand:NIKON
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:4 Sep 2012 - 7:50 PM
Focal Length:12mm
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:0.4sec
ISO:200
White Balance:Auto
Title:3 of a Kind
Username:Philo Philo
Uploaded:6 Sep 2012 - 5:12 PM
Tags:Bales, Digitally manipulated, Field, Hdr, Landscape / travel, Oloneo, Straw, Sunset
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Priti
Priti  1 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2012 - 5:14 PM

Superb lighting & details.

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Jestertheclown

I think that this has worked out well Phil.

I don't much like HDR (although I'm considering having a go!) mostly because of the 'comic like' results of which we see so many.
This rather more sober application simply brings out the best in the image.
As for cloning the wires and so on, I've come to the conclusion, prompted by a certain Mr. McFade, that if something is in the shot when I take it and it's not horribly intrusive or growing out of someone's ear, I'll leave it where it is.
Which is what I'd do with the wires etc. in this.
Hope this helps.

Bren.

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canonfan e2 Member 3canonfan vcard United Kingdom
6 Sep 2012 - 5:26 PM

Fantastic capture with excellent light and detail
Jim

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 351 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2012 - 5:54 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys.

Bren, I tend to agree with Ade, which is why I left the pylons in.

Give it a go, you can download a free trial for one month.

Phil

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Quote: Give it a go, you can download a free trial for one month.

You know Phil, I think that I will.
I threatened to a few weeks ago and went as far as to download the trial version of Oloneo, Luminace HDR and Picturenaut. They're still lying, untouched, in a folder.
I know almost nothing about how it's done so I could be in for some fun.
I've also been waiting, although not specifically to try out HDR, for the local farmers to begin their harvest. I really fancy getting some shots like this one.

Bren.

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Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom25 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2012 - 6:08 PM

Like it a lot! Great sky and compGrin
Diane

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BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2012 - 6:11 PM

Excellent processing. A lot of hdr's on this site look over the top but you have done this with great care and the balance is spot on!Grin
Ryan

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Philo e2 Member 351 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2012 - 6:32 PM

Thanks Diane and Ryan.
Phil

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Philo e2 Member 351 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2012 - 6:35 PM


Quote: I've also been waiting, although not specifically to try out HDR, for the local farmers to begin their harvest.

Be quick Bren, our local farmers are far too efficient and clear the bales almost immediately.
Phil

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Jestertheclown

They haven't even started around here yet, although I did see a harvester being driven down the road yesterday, so there must be some activity soon.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom71 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2012 - 11:47 PM

The HDR is wonderful.
That sky is just great.
I'm not too sure about composition of bales -
I think the foremost one is too big and hides some of the gorgeous sky.
Bales are so difficult to compose yet so appealing to photograph!
The stubble is great also.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Philo e2 Member 351 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 8:55 AM

Thanks, Kate, some interesting points regarding composition. I really wanted a dominant bale and I kept the camera low to make more of the stubble. The most interesting part of the sky is on the right so the large bale sort of balances it out. At least that's how I see it. Would have been interseting to compare this with a slightly longer focal length and higher pov though. Must remember to try different things!
Phil

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Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 9:49 AM

Usually I see no need for HDR other than for compressing extreme tones, say indoors where light shines through windows as per churches and cathedrals, however here, it looks very good.

The number of bales, three is always good, far better than 1, 2 or 4.

Personally, I would clone out the wires and pylons, but as you can see it is purely a subjective matter. I just like to see uninterrupted skies in that regard, unless of course the pylons are my main subject.

Nice result Phil.

Frank

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Philo e2 Member 351 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 4:02 PM

Thanks Frank, I am starting to see a wider use for hdr which is why I am trialling it. I quite often find myself in situations where the dynamic range beats me so I expose for the highlights and try to recover the shadows. This provides an alternative approach.
On another day I may well have cloned out the power lines, it depends how I am feeling.
Phil

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