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Off for a couple of days with the kids for half term so I thought Id take a little bit of me time to trawl the archives.

I took these/this shot back in August 2010 at Saddle Tor whilst on Dartmoor with David Clapp.

I was quite pleased at the time, as I thought Id bagged some good stuff, and I was careful to bracket my shots to make the best of the conditions. Unfortunately my blending skills have not been up to getting the best from the images, and hdr software didnt seem to get the feel I was after either.

So I set myself a challenge to hand blend this shot, and took my time painstakingly creating layer masks and luminosity masks to gradually build up the image.

Although far from perfect, I am happy enough to post it, and it will probably end up on my site. Ive added the screenshot of all of the layers involved, and thumbnails of the three exposures used hopefully you may find this useful!

Rgds
Paul

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF17-40mm f/4L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:7 Sep 2010 - 7:06 PM
Focal Length:17mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/5sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Survivor
Username:pmorgan pmorgan
Uploaded:13 Feb 2012 - 12:18 PM
Tags:Blend, Dartmoor, Landscape / travel, Moors, Rock, Saddle tor, Tor, Tree
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angej
angej  9477 forum posts United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 - 12:23 PM

I really don't think I would have the patience or the inclination to work on a shot to this level Paul, but you have done a fine job of bringing all the detail backSmile

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h4rsx
h4rsx  4 United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 12:27 PM

Top notch Paul, this image has a lovely feel to it and you've done a great job in bringing out the best in this. Appreciate the tutorial element. Wink

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Jestertheclown
13 Feb 2012 - 12:29 PM


Quote: I really don't think I would have the patience

Agreed.

The result is, to me, stunning yet you consider it to be "far from perfect."
As for the effort that your screenshot shows me has gone into it, like Angela, above, I really couldn't commit myself to taking on that kind of workload "just" to render a photograph.
I take my hat off to you.

Bren.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 13 Feb 2012 - 12:30 PM

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helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 12:47 PM

Very informative and helpful - love the way you have brought out the colours
Helen

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 464 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 1:13 PM

Excellent image Paul and a great lesson in blending. This would make a great tutorial.
Phil

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pmorgan
pmorgan  7217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 1:17 PM


Quote: This would make a great tutorial.

mmm.......you never know! Wink

Rgds
Paul

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Cliff1944
Cliff1944 e2 Member 2Cliff1944 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 1:51 PM

Great result. I agree about the tutorial!
Cliff

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54167 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 1:54 PM

Fantastic image Paul, and very interesting V2. So much better than HDR.
Chris

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fraser
fraser  10631 forum posts Scotland14 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 1:55 PM

Kind of sculpted for about the landscape. I'm glad you wpent the time on it Paul..
Fraser

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 1:58 PM

End result is stunningly beautiful. Even seeing how you did it confuses me..........Sandy

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t0m
t0m  3 Slovakia1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 2:07 PM

Good work.
Short focal length and the sky produce a really dramatic effect.

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BillyGoatGruff
BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 2:14 PM

For something you not quite satisfied with it's bl**dy marvellous, Paul!
I'd be happy with this....even with luminosity masks and channel-based masks, images with this amount of fine detail are extremely difficult to achieve a successful blend, especially around trees. Good job, mate!
And it's nice to see that you use as many layers as I sometimes do! One can never have enough Wink

It's a very evocative and atmospheric capture: just how I remember Dartmoor.

Bill

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 2:15 PM

Good details and tones through out the image Paul, well worked.
Regards Richard

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pmorgan
pmorgan  7217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 2:16 PM

Cheers guys! Smile

Rgds
Paul

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41017 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England132 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 2:56 PM

One day.... I'll achieve enlightenment. In the meantime I can only marvel at the technical expertise and enjoy the results.

Dave

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 3:27 PM

Looks like you spent a great deal of effort on this one Paul, and I don't the patience like yours. Anyway, stunning results and well worth the effort.

regards
Yung

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pmorgan
pmorgan  7217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 3:30 PM

I've just tried it again - reckon I could get it down to 20mins with a bit of practice! Smile

Cheers everyone!

Paul

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Kevlar
Kevlar  8160 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 4:12 PM

Great work and dedication Paul - thanks for sharing.

Regards,

Kevin

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4489 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 4:13 PM

Superb shot !!!....beautiful quality, & gorgeous tones in that dramatic sky !!!

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tigerminx  10237 forum posts South Africa
13 Feb 2012 - 4:54 PM

Superb result Paul. Fine image, love those clouds on the horizon.

Bruce.

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andy_AHG
andy_AHG  5106 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 5:53 PM

That's a lorra lorra layers Paul! The result is lovely though. The masking around the tree is the hellish part, which has worked very well. Didn't spot this as one of yours originally as there's no water Wink

Andy

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 5:56 PM

superb image, love those clouds on the left, great to see how you have brought this out too, i give up after layer five as the computer slows down so much i get to make a cuppa while i wait, then flatten and continue.

ant.

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Eviscera
Eviscera  81096 forum posts United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 6:26 PM

Blends well !

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Jouo  1056 forum posts Finland
13 Feb 2012 - 6:36 PM

happy to make it half century, mate Smile

Jouko

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cdm36 e2 Member 10390 forum postscdm36 vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 7:53 PM

Thats come out rather well, and nice to see how it was achieved Smile

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 - 7:53 PM

Just wonderful. Super image.

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RWPhotoGraphix e2 Member 5322 forum postsRWPhotoGraphix vcard United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 - 8:29 PM

Wow.... Need i say more Tongue

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Stubill
Stubill  6107 forum posts England
13 Feb 2012 - 10:23 PM

Getting the hang of the blend there, Paul Smile
Once the luminosity selections 'click', you soon learn how to grab pixels by instinct, based on the image content Wink
I usually save, then flatten for the final PP...if that helps.
Stu

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13 Feb 2012 - 10:58 PM

Blimey Paul, more masks than Zorro Smile

Ken

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pmorgan  7217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 11:06 PM

Cheers guys!

Special thanks to Ryan for the UA - much appreciated! Smile

Rgds
Paul

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CHRISB911  854 forum posts1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 11:33 PM

superb work from The Rame Master
chris

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keithh
keithh  1022720 forum posts Wallis and Futuna29 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2012 - 7:48 AM

Like it - but seems a lot of work for what could have been one shot.

I'm also seeing some banding in the sky - top left to middle.

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14 Feb 2012 - 9:37 AM

A moment in time and well caught, if you forgive the central tree, which I do, because I like to break the rules now and then. The detail is super and realistic. Enjoy your time with the girls.

Dougie

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rob_marshall
20 Feb 2012 - 2:54 PM

Great shot. You said in the intro about bracketing. I've been doing that a lot recently. I set bracketing (5D Mk2) and also set auto 2sec timer, and it shoots all three automatically in a few seconds. Is that the way you do it?

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