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HDR image of Stonehenge

Camera:Nikon D50 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:sigma 18-50 f 2.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Stonehenge
Username:possumhead possumhead
Uploaded:9 Jun 2007 - 7:30 PM
Tags:Architecture, Digitally manipulated, Hdr, Landscape / travel, Rocks, Stone, Stonehenge
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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139395 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2007 - 10:37 PM

A decent enough attempt, but it is a bit unsharp, there is not enough contrast, there is a hint of digital 'noise' and there is too much grass in the foreground.

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TonyBlake
TonyBlake  7 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2007 - 12:39 AM

I dissagree, It would be a great landscape, I think there's not enough grass or sky, and there are too many old boulders in the background. Smile

Sorry I jest, I passed this old relic today and often do...cannot see the fascination the tourists have with it...I surpose it's complacency on my part?.

I'll give you a vote though.. my wife and I both like the angle of the shot ...to be positive!

Just think of the amount of gravel you could get out of that lot when crunched! what a waste eh?

Last Modified By Dave at 10 Jun 2007 - 12:47 AM

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Tooth
Tooth  95772 forum posts Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2007 - 1:58 AM

OK seriously again, I agree with CB there's too much foregroung grass.

Now I'm no expert on HDR, and I like the effect you have on the stones, but i'm a bit surprised that you can't get more tonal range out of the sky. If this were a "normal" shot I'd say increase the drama contrast in the sky by:

making a duplicate layer with the histogram or curves tweaked for drama, and then altering the opacity of the layer to get a natural level, or, more simply, sweep a burn brush across it a few times. I'm sure that HDR or not, there's a lot more to be got out of that sky, which will make or break the shot

Stephen (Critique team)

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barryfitzgerald

Well what makes this subject tough is, it is one of the most photographed subjects in the world..and def the UK!

So that is the problem, also this angle is the most obvious one to use. Post processed and tweaked you will have a decent enough shot, but one which looks very much like many others. My advice here is to tackle the composition in a completely different way.

Not easy but try getting closer, unusual angles, the sky is good for b&w, so chop out the foreground, even consider not including the whole area. Very very difficult to do this, I would re-shoot myself......

Last Modified By Dave at 10 Jun 2007 - 7:12 PM

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possumhead
10 Jun 2007 - 10:05 PM

Thanks everyone for comments, because I`m new to photograpy I need as much help as I can get. As for the re-shoot, I think i will leave that for the tourist.

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chensuriashi
chensuriashi e2 Member 8132 forum postschensuriashi vcard England17 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2007 - 6:13 AM

That was the first thing I thought when I saw it I had a postcard like this 40 years ago but needs to be closer.

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redstag
redstag e2 Member 8100 forum postsredstag vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2007 - 8:57 AM

Without sounding like blatant self promotion, which immediately makes it sound that way! I have recently taken a couple of shots of the Henge, I took the shots with the stones offset to one side and tried to make the most of the sky.
the stones themselves are well exposed but you can really beef up the sky I think. I don't know what software you are using, but I would suggest levels, curves and maybe saturation in Photoshop would give the shot a lift. As for too much grass, I don't think so, but maybe a lower angle?
Jon

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