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I took this in November 2009. I finally got round to prepare it for a large print and went back to the original raw file today and started again.

I think it looks better than my first attempt which I will load as a version.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:10.0-20.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:12 Nov 2009 - 7:46 AM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:bracketed 5 exposures and blended in PS CS5 HDRsec
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:New Forest Dawn - reworked
Username:Scutter Scutter
Uploaded:4 Nov 2012 - 6:16 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, New forest national park, Sunrise
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martin.w
martin.w e2 Member 12352 forum postsmartin.w vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2012 - 6:24 PM

Much more impact with this version, though I do rather like the subtlety of the original too. I would suggest trying a crop too, taking off quite a bit of sky and making the horizon central to the image....just a thought. A bit more work needed in PS too as rather a lot of dust spots/marks in the sky Wink

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Scutter
Scutter e2 Member 61742 forum postsScutter vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2012 - 6:29 PM

well spotted Martin! I used the spot remover but they seem to have come back/not gone away! Grr!!

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iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2012 - 8:54 AM

Both are good in their own ways, which image to use would have to depend on what or who they aimed at. What is your memory of the scene?
How do you feel it should look.
V1 is unreal and few will find it believable but many will find it attractive. Photographers will start to see aspects of processing that are not quite right.
V2 is a beautiful peaceful scene. in it's own right without the enhancements, it portrays feeling and atmosphere, I personally put V2 way ahead.
Ian

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Scutter
Scutter e2 Member 61742 forum postsScutter vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2012 - 9:03 AM

Thanks Ian, V2 was the version that won me a prize in a photo competition in 2009 so I have a great fondness for it! V1 is for hanging in a room where it need to be a bit more "in-your-face". Well that was my thought anyway!SmileTongueTongue

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Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2012 - 10:05 AM

A peaceful vista, well presented.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10826 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2830 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2012 - 4:11 PM

Much prefer V2, but I can see why you want to juice it up a little. I would say that somewhere between the two might be best, and using V2, Ive uploaded a mod with a little more contrast, vibrance, and sharpness.

BTW, neither images have a colour profile attached (should be sRGB) so both could appear not as intended on non colour managed browsers. A combination of a non colour managed browser, with a wide gamut monitor will make V1 look extra colourful, and slightly red.



regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 5 Nov 2012 - 4:11 PM

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Scutter
Scutter e2 Member 61742 forum postsScutter vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2012 - 4:40 PM

Willie, thank you. I have ended up where you have i.e. somewhere in between. Not sure why the colour profile has disappeared. I use CS5 to resize for web and it usually attaches the sRGB profile correctly. I will investigate thanks Smile

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Niknut e2 Member 4559 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2012 - 5:40 PM

V2 for me !!.....lovely shot , with a gorgeous aura of subtle colours & atmosphere !!!!

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 10:29 PM

An HDR that actually works! Thus showing great skill. Both fine images and v2 is obviously more natural, but v1 has the impact. Which do I prefer.......

V1

Paul

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