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Among the fields of gold...

By marktc  
I took this image last year and thought I would have a bash at giving it the HDR treatment, and this is the result. V2 is a mono conversion of this tone mapped image.

A huge thank you to all those who have clicked and commented on my last couple of mouse uploads, your support is really appreciated.

M@rk

Tags: Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

Voters: charlotte, SlowSong, Cormy and 13 more


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DaveU Plus
9 1.3k 123 England
6 Jan 2012 4:29PM
IMO HDR is better suited to interiors. The problem here is that the tone-mapping has sucked a lot of contrast out of the sky and introduced halo artifacts around the tree branches. Landscapes for me are better done with ND grads or by merging two exposures, one for sky and one for land.

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SlowSong Plus
7 5.8k 29 England
6 Jan 2012 4:32PM
Now that is a lovely sight.
I expect what Dave says is useful stuff but as I don't know anything about HDR I can't really comment. I love the colours though.
Chris
sherlob Plus
9 2.7k 126 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 4:36PM
Dave as said it all in regard to the HDR effect here - although I would add that I have used HDR very well within landscapes. The key is a subtle effect - as soon as the halo comes in you've lost it. Adding contrast after the image has been tone mapped helps. However, the composition has promise. I do wonder if a square format may be better - crop the rag caught on the barbed wire from the right, and the tree from the left.

Adam
marktc Plus
5 85 14 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 4:41PM

Quote:IMO HDR is better suited to interiors. The problem here is that the tone-mapping has sucked a lot of contrast out of the sky and introduced halo artifacts around the tree branches. Landscapes for me are better done with ND grads or by merging two exposures, one for sky and one for land.


Thanks for your comments Dave, I'll give it a try next time round.
marktc Plus
5 85 14 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 4:42PM

Quote:Dave as said it all in regard to the HDR effect here - although I would add that I have used HDR very well within landscapes. The key is a subtle effect - as soon as the halo comes in you've lost it. Adding contrast after the image has been tone mapped helps. However, the composition has promise. I do wonder if a square format may be better - crop the rag caught on the barbed wire from the right, and the tree from the left.

Adam


Thanks Adam, I'll give it a try with the original image and post sometime in due course.
sherlob Plus
9 2.7k 126 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 4:48PM
Your welcome Mark.
DaveU Plus
9 1.3k 123 England
6 Jan 2012 4:54PM
Hope you didn't think my comment too negative Mark. I do like the golden foreground and misty middle ground. Just I don't think the HDR processing has done the sky any favours.
marktc Plus
5 85 14 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 5:00PM

Quote:Hope you didn't think my comment too negative Mark. I do like the golden foreground and misty middle ground. Just I don't think the HDR processing has done the sky any favours.


No not at all... I had noticed the halo and wasn't really sure how to get rid of it, I have just been playing with the image and will upload another couple of versions, if you would so kind as to comment that would be great. Thanks for your help
DaveU Plus
9 1.3k 123 England
6 Jan 2012 5:09PM
Just a thought Mark .... if you're using Photomatix for your HDR processing then it may be worth looking at Exposure Fusion rather than Tone Mapping. The former has less processing options but IMO can give more "natural" results.
DaveU Plus
9 1.3k 123 England
6 Jan 2012 5:23PM
Nice to see the other versions Mark. Lol but you'll be getting pissed off with all my comments so I'll make this the last.

Perfection for me would be something mid-way between V3 and V5. Both of them have the sky nicely sorted but for me the colours in V3 are too saturated and those in V5 not saturated enough as you've lost that lovely golden colour in the field. Which just goes to prove that you can please some of the people some of the time but you'll never ever please a DaveU. Lol Smile
gajewski Plus
11 10 9 United States
6 Jan 2012 6:36PM
I applaud the HDR experiment. This shot has a nice, almost painting-like quality.
-=\Walter
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
6 Jan 2012 8:44PM
I have never done HDR_-so the vote is for trying it!
paulcr 11 1.5k 9 Ireland
6 Jan 2012 8:49PM
I like the crop in V4. Paul
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 11:05PM
v4 and v5 work best for me - you obviously had some wonderful light to work with
Helen
andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2012 8:33AM
v1 for me mark like the colours nice one Wink
andy
AnnChown Plus
6 197 1 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2012 9:32PM
Nice composition and warm light Mark!
Ann

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