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Chesterton Windmill sillhouette

By tom_earwaker
HDR from 5, using 'merge to HDR' in photoshop. I tried a different edit where I brightened the foreground and the mill, but wasn't as happy with it as it looked too obviously edited. I also had a play around with a Luminance HDR (free hdr software), but the results were even worse with that. It's pretty amazing how well the eye deals with dynamic range!

Tags: Windmill Sunrise Chesterton windmill Chesterton Warwickshire Landscape and travel

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tonyguitar 9 77 37 Canada
17 Jan 2017 2:55AM
Wide dynamic range and looks so good. TG
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2017 1:53PM
Hi again, there's lovely use of small aperture here, to give impact to those rays. I've just uploaded a mod with a few minor tweaks as suggestions.

I looked at this for a long time, something about the lines of the building was uncomfortable for my eye. I think you have worked to correct verticals? The thing is, we are obviously viewing from a low viewpoint so 'correct' verticals are what the brain doesn't actually expect...

Plus looking carefully, the horizontal of the top of the roof actually slopes down a bit.

I tweaked using Skew, dragging the top right corner up a bit, bottom right out a bit. The change isn't massive but the result looks more stable and natural to me.

I have also lightened the building a little - I think it needs either to be silhouetted or to have some texture visible, otherwise the effect is flat rather than 3-dimensional. I lightened the foreground a bit but then used the burn tool to reinforce the textures of grasses.

Lightening the stonework exaggerated the blob of lens flare just below the roof. It doesn't work in the same way as the sun's rays so I have endeavoured to reduce it (a mix of partial desaturation and burning in shadows very gently).

Just suggestions...
Moira
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2017 2:55PM
Not a bad HDR. Not immediately obvious so that is a success for a start. Not a silhouette, of course. There is still significant detail in the building and, for a silhouette, it should be black.

I have a lot of images of this mill, both in mono and medium format slides. I spent several periods at Ashorne Hil near Warwick in the 80's and 90's, the steel industry management training college and whilst most of the others went boozing in the evening, I got the cameras out.

Don't mind a pint at all, but some of the lads got camera shake the next day without a camera!

Paul
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
18 Jan 2017 10:44PM
Not sure what it is, but it's somehow not quite right... I played with perspective and a slight rotation, and ACR to bring hte shadows up a fraction. I want soem detail i nthem, but I'm not usre how much is right!

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