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Frosty morning in Leigh on Sea Essex, England

By matyjasz  
Picture created from 9 exposures of 0.7ev difference

Tags: Essex Hdr Black and white Digitally manipulated Leigh on sea Landscape and travel

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nonur 13 18 13 Turkey
1 Dec 2012 3:11PM
Great compo, lovely B&W image, so pleasing to see.
Focus_Man 11 481 631 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2012 4:38PM
You have gone to great trouble here to merge a number of shots, but it would appear that this could have been done with just one. Compositionally I don't feel that the main items which comprise the picture are at their best in their present locations. The chain which sticks up as well as the two boats are far too central for my liking. This could be cropped to manage better locations so I will upload a mod. to show you where I think they are shown to better effect. Perhaps with a slightly less base as well as there is a danger of commanding too much space to the detriment of the boats.

Cropping your picture has made it smaller so I had to resize to 600px which has downgraded the quality a little but as long as you can see my idea I am happy with it.

I like the monochrome effect though it shows the seascape quite nicely.

banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
1 Dec 2012 5:53PM
Great tonal range in this with the multiple exposures. You havent mentioned how you merger the exposures, - would be useful to know that. It would also be useful to have more exif data, - though you have nine shots, can I assume you used Aperture priority, and if so, what did you use, - so lots of missing information that can help us provide the best critique. The foreground does dominate the boats, but I have to assume this is what you wanted.


matyjasz 12 20 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2012 6:35PM
No aperure priority. I'm too stupid to use it Smile
Manual mode, -4,0,+4 exposures, middle is correct.
Quite lot of work in ps and lr, merged in lr into photomatix to enhance colours, then merged in ps to enhance details, both images merged together. Then desaturated after bit of adjustments in contrast and brightness, also a bit of curve work on RGB, finally bit of dodge and burn here and there and desaturation again with a bit of hue to add some tone. Then removed artefacts, spots and resized, sharpened, exported, done.
matyjasz 12 20 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2012 7:24PM
Great mod Focus Man, you have done exactly what I was trying to avoid about contrasts. However I apperciate the crop. Thanks!
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1293 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2012 9:20PM
One of the best HDR treatments of an open landscape I have ever seen. No sign of the harsh HDR we usually see. Think it is probably due to the large numer of steps in exposurd filling in a full tonal range. Technically excellent, although more info in a critique section would be nice to tell others what you have done so they can learn from you.

Compositionally would prefer the boats slightly to the left.

matyjasz 12 20 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2012 11:40PM
Hmm.. first of all thanks mate,
Secondly I think I have said everything... didn't I?
I haven't recorded the whole process, but major steps explained. There is a lot to do with your personal taste and what you want to get...

I'll try to explain steps more accurately :
1.Export from Lightroom to Photomatix, enhancement of colours, contransts (micro), gamma, shades, lights, save and re-import
2. Open the 9 files in CS5 HDR Pro (I dont have 6, sorry), I focus on details here, sliders left, sliders right, open file
3. Open re-imported file from photomatix, put it on the file above as new layer (2 files at the moment opened in CS)
4. You may close the lightroom/photomatix file in CS, won't need it anymore
5. Adjustments - photomatix layer is in my case on the top, I don't remember what exactly I've done but I was choosing blending modes and copying layer I was happy with, masking, revealing with brush, copying again, adjusting etc.. to the final COLOUR look I was happy with
6. Desaturated. Not converted to B/W or greyscale, just desaturation slider to the left.
7. Adjusted brightness and contrast
8. Dodge & burn
9.resized / changed to 72dpi / using the method for reduction
10. sharpened (70/0.2/2)
11. Saved as jpg

That is it i think.. I'm not the best teacher, sorry if something's missing or not clear enough, just ask.
matyjasz 12 20 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2012 11:43PM
Doh.. step 6.5
Curve adjustment of desaturated layer (separately for each channel) - just bent all curves slightly to the left/top, to get that... bit washed out look

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