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Canal bridge (Middleton Lakes)

By tom_earwaker
Critique always welcome, thanks for looking.

This one is an HDR from 5 images. I find it difficult to create hdr photos without making them look too obviously 'processed', so any tips on hdr technique would be appeciated.

Tags: Canal Boat Bridge Hdr Landscape and travel Refection

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Robert51 12 7 124 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2017 8:36PM
Great shot Tom which captures those bright winter days.

The mod was just trying to pull out a little bit more.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
5 Jan 2017 7:24AM
Well, this is a highly successful picture, in HDR terms - if you hadn't mentioned it, it wouldn't have been obvious that it was HDR.

You've got a fine balance between bringing in detail in highlights and shadows (particularly shadows, in this case) and losing touch with reality. I reckon this is how HDR is meant to be used - my tips are limited to 'go on doing whatever you did with this.' (And it would be good if you said soemthing about exactly what that was, so that others, me included, can copy the approach!)

My only suggestions for improvement are a slight anticlockwise rotation, and a bit of perspective correction - but I reckon that isn't the critique that you wanted most.

This is a deceptively simple picture - looks like a snap, almost - but it conceals the kind of meticulous technical work that you need to do in order to get a thoroughly natural look. Most people would have inky shadows, blown sky, and would wonder why the picture didn't look as they had seen the reality. You've cracked it!
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2017 6:02PM
My advice with HDR is to use it when absolutely necessary. For every decent HDR image I see, there are 20 that are not a success!

I have to say, this is first class. I thought the colours were slightly pastel but had not thought HDR, thus, very good. Nice gentle composition. Just one thing - that bit of something hanging from the bridge needs to go. I find I look at it every time. Thought it was sensor dirt initially.

5 Jan 2017 6:22PM
Thanks for the comments and edits, appreciate the advice. I have uploaded a mod with the settings I used for the HDR (can't remember exacty what they were, but I think this is close). Using a big edge radius seemed to help, as I think a small radius starts to look like its been heavily sharpened. There were a few changes after the conversion, but nothing major - I think I desaturated the bridge a bit.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4270 Canada
5 Jan 2017 7:21PM
Its a nice scene and well done.

The Merge to HDR in Photoshop is does not produce an HDR image as we understand it unless you use a 32 bit output. Then that output, at 32 bit, has to be Tone Mapped to an 8 bit image for what is considered HDR. That next step requires Tone Mapping software as a 32 bit image cannot be displayed or printed as 32 bit.

There are few tone mapping applications, such as Photomatix, the most popular, Easy HDR, Artisen.

A Tone Mapped HDR will look very different to this. Photomatix for example will import the 5 Raw images itself, and output and image you can adjust in an infinite number of ways.

Hope this helps


chataignier Plus
8 204 10 France
6 Jan 2017 10:49AM
Works really well, a splendid image - look forward to more of them

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