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Yet another visit to the Fungus Rock located in Dwejra (Gozo - Malta).... I never get tired of this place.

Camera:Canon EOS 1100D
Lens:EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:22 Feb 2014 - 3:41 PM
Focal Length:29mm
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Fungus Rock
Username:Carl86 Carl86
Uploaded:28 Feb 2014 - 1:31 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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Voters:PhilT2 · alligatorpants · TanyaH · gwynn56 · alistairfarrugia · Armakk ·
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TanyaH Critique Team 12992 forum postsTanyaH vcard United Kingdom208 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 3:45 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It looks to be a stunning location, so I can understand why you don't get bored with it! I think this is a very good image ... you've got good foreground interest (the rocks), a lovely sweeping curve to the middle of the image which leads the viewer's eye to that huge rock, and then that dramatic sky beyond. I don't know what you did to it in post production after capture, but I'm finding that the image looks a little harsh. There's a fairly visible 'halo' effect round the top of the big single rock, and also along the top of the cliff coming from the left. Whether this was as a result of trying to tone down the sky and get a bit more detail into it and capitalise on those faint light rays on the horizon, I don't know. You could maybe try it again and use (depending on your software) a mask on the foreground, which would then let you adjust the tonal qualities of the sky without hopefully getting that halo effect. All in all, though, a very nicely composed shot Smile

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alistairfarrugia Critique Team 2164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2014 - 9:59 AM

Carl, i think Tanya is right. You're composing images properly but you need to better control the HDR effect as the halos you're creating around the main subject areas will not help make the image more interesting, rather they will likely disengage viewers by making them see it as "fake".

I think HDR is nice and effective in making images pop out more and look more alive, but only so long as the process leads to an image that is both vivid and realistic. That is generally the way I try to approach HDR now.

Watch out most for what kind of values you dial in for lighting and strength in particular, if you're using photomatix. Looking forward to the next one, of try ree-processing this one and upload as a variant. ☺

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