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This image was taken during our trip to Scotland in the summer - it was quite a dull day!
A bit of an experiment today - I've been playing with HDR in PS and, to be honest, I'm not totally convinced!
Not really sure what I'm doing but, I thought I'd give it a go!
All comments and suggestions for improvement gratefully received!
Many, many thanks for all the views, clicks and comments on my 'Protea Cynaroides' upload and a special thank you
to Carol(CarolG), Carol(Caziwinkles) and Alan(Alan_Baseley) for their much valued User Awards!SmileSmileSmile
Have a great weekend.
Richard

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM
Date Taken:30 Jul 2013 - 10:50 AM
Focal Length:58mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:The Bridge to Eilean Donan Castle
Username:DicksPics DicksPics
Uploaded:1 Nov 2013 - 4:40 PM
Tags:Architecture, Digitally manipulated, Eilean donan castle, Hdr, Landscape / travel, Scotland
Votes:48
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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom74 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2013 - 4:48 PM

This is lovely in sepia Richard.
Did you take your exposures in camera?
I think it's quite difficult doing HDR in photoshop -
I used to have Photomatix which I think is better - it seemed to blend more intuitively
but maybe it's just practise we need in Photoshop.
Looks like your light was quite flat to start with here?
I don't know the answers - hope somebody can make some suggestions.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4673 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom64 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2013 - 4:53 PM

Fine shot !!!......lovely detail in this strong composition, & nice sepia finish for a timeless image !!

I've tried HDR, but find it 'flattens' the image too much, & needs a lot of 'faffing' to create any depth, especially in landscapes !!.....but
I think it works better in gritty portraits or architectural shots ??........so it depends on the subject matter/lighting, but certainly worth
experimenting with, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't ??

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Badgerfred
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1 Nov 2013 - 4:54 PM

Excellent Richard, love the sepia and the super composition,
Fred.

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2013 - 5:02 PM

Like the toneing RichardSmile

Cliff

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Fefe
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1 Nov 2013 - 5:08 PM

V1 is my fave...... I know nothing about HDR, so cant help at allSadBlush
Diane

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EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2013 - 5:15 PM

Nice image V2 for meSmile

Eileen

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2013 - 5:18 PM

A terrific shot which looks lovely in sepia; sorry don't know about HDR except that half the time it looks horrid! (but not yours!)
Ju

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Caziwinkles
1 Nov 2013 - 5:24 PM

This is superb Richard - I love the grittiness to it.
Have you used a HDR plug in?? I have dabbled in CS5 with a plug in and I have been quite pleased with the results.

Carol

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2013 - 5:25 PM

Love the idea of a sepia toned version and couldn't resist uploading my version. Lovely scene.

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User_Removed
1 Nov 2013 - 5:27 PM

V2 gets my vote.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2013 - 5:35 PM

Knowing nothing about HDR I cannot comment usefully, and thus find Niknut's comments interesting: I like your composition here with the lead in from the bridge, and the images have great depth.
Of the two the colour version appeals the better to me, Richard.
R.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2013 - 5:44 PM

A wonderful presentation, Richard, works a treat with this fine image. Carol

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Mollycat
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1 Nov 2013 - 5:46 PM

Beautifully composed in sepia. Peter.

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2013 - 5:49 PM

Think you should stick at it Richard, it does take a bit of getting used to does this HDR business! It's all too easy to overdo it, producing garish results. Agree with Niknut in that it works better on architectural images rather than landscapes, and it's a matter of achieving a fine balance - especially like here where you have half and half!
I really like the viewpoint and composition in this, the bridge leads the eye in very nicely towards the castle. Hard to pick between the two versions - V1 has a timeless feel about it, but do like the coloured V2 Smile Think it would have to be half a vote for each! Wink
Trev Smile

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GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2013 - 6:05 PM

Excellent composition beautiful process and presentation Richard! V1 is my choice!
Regards,
George

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2481 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2013 - 6:26 PM

I prefer V2 , it's great to try new things so well done,

Ali

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myrab
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1 Nov 2013 - 6:35 PM

2 very good images Richard, both good in their own right.

Myra

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netta1234
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1 Nov 2013 - 6:45 PM

I like them both as much,Great setSmile
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Lynniesefforts
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1 Nov 2013 - 7:29 PM

Two terrific images Richard..V1 for me, love the sepia Grin

Lynette Grin

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2013 - 7:34 PM

IMO your manipulation in No. 1 is not an improvement on the original which I like very much.

Albert

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Niknut
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1 Nov 2013 - 8:09 PM

Couldn't resist a mod., on the sepia version........mainly to add a little 'body' & depth to the shot.....& added a bit of cloud too, plus got rid of the tourists !!Smile

Last Modified By Niknut at 1 Nov 2013 - 8:10 PM

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EMJAYCEE
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1 Nov 2013 - 8:16 PM

I much prefer V2 Richard with the natural colour.
Joan.

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rayme330
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1 Nov 2013 - 9:41 PM

Two superb images with a great lead in to the old castle Richard, and I have to say I prefer the coloured version as it really enhances the contrast between the stonework and the surrounding greenery.

Ray

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johnlw
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1 Nov 2013 - 9:42 PM

Very ice **** like the way the path leads into the image. And the processing gives it that aged feel.
Regards John.

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achieverswales
1 Nov 2013 - 10:41 PM

HDR is a blending of two or more images to bring out the full range of tones Richard, this looks like only one image used but could be wrong, HDR done right can be spectacular also tonemapping of one image can bring out all the tones, Photomatix or Nik software does excellent jobs of both of these methods, keep experimenting as the results can turn something very boring in to a great capture. V2 for me.

Regards

Trev.

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fificat100
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1 Nov 2013 - 11:00 PM

A very strong composition here, Richard. I prefer V2.

Lavina

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nonur
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2 Nov 2013 - 7:26 AM

Excellent compo, Richard. I like both. Wonderful!

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Rende
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2 Nov 2013 - 11:39 AM

Beautiful composition Richard, and I think I prefer V2.
Rende

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leontari
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2 Nov 2013 - 2:58 PM

Excellent composition Richard. I like them both.
Effrossini

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barbarahirst
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2 Nov 2013 - 5:09 PM

You are featured e2 piccy at the moment Smile Smile Smile
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termite53
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2 Nov 2013 - 9:06 PM

I use Photomatix too but have not experimented much with HDR..I do like the processing in this, the sepia tone suits the subject

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