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By Rajan252
HDR photography Morning rain in my Home

Tags: Trees Dark clouds Rain clouds Wildlife and nature Leaf leaves Nature landscape Leaves and colour

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dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1670 England
2 Jun 2018 8:24AM
First of all, welcome to Ephotozine, Rajan - and in particular, welcoem to the Critique Gallery. Here, you can't have votes or awards, but you will get thoughtful feedback on your picutres, and the options you can choose. The more you tell us about what you wanted to achieve (and whether you are happy with the result), the more we can help. And this always works best if it's a conversation, if you respond to our comments both honestly and fully.

HDR processing is designed to allow photographers to deal with difficult, very high contrast lighting. However, an exaggerated HDR look has become popular in itself. (And it is an HDR 'look' - true HDR requires two or more images, at different exposures, but otherwise identical, which is only possible with a static subject and a tripod.)

So, you've achieved the look. The exaggerated perspective (resulting from you tilting the camera upwards to get the trees in the frame) adds to a rather weird look, which I suspect is what yo uwere aiming for.

In Britain, we cann it a 'Marmite look' - Marmite is a vegetable spread, and people either love it, or hate it. Similarly, extreme HDR effects are something that a few people love, and rather a lot can't stand at any price. MY own feelign is that of every 20 such pictures I see, at least 19 would have been better without the HDR effect.

Could you post the original, unprocessed picture as a modification (click on the blue 'Modifications' button, then click 'Upload') so that we can see it, and offer alternative interpretations, please?

Do I like this? I suspect that I'd have chosen to make it a monochrome image if I had taken it - but lookign at hte picture, I think I see your ambition to make your own, colourful and appealing garden here. What you have shown is not so much the place as it is now, but as you plan to make it, and so I think using the HRD look is justified, and I like it.

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paulbroad 12 131 1289 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2018 8:26AM
It is very definitely HDR and, for me, vey un-natural indeed. I wonder why you used HDR? An experiment? the lighting did not require it.

I assume you used a pre-set in the phone. As an experiment, you have tried it. As an image, i would stay with the more conventional approach.

pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2144 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2018 6:08PM
Hello, Rajan, and welcome to EPZ and its Critique Gallery.

For me, this is all about HDR.....all about effect. This is because there is very little in the content of the image that stands out as being interesting EXCEPT for the HDR.

What are you trying to convey? The trees and sky are ok, but the garden isn't very attractive. Do you, as John suggests, intend to improve the garden, and are at present showing what it is like before then? The tin of paint and decorating equipment suggest this to me. You could shoot a "before and after".

In the Description Box, when uploading your image, you could give us some idea of your intentions, if you think you achieved what you set out to do, if there are any areas you would like help with, etc. This helps us to help you.


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