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I'm on the phone- Try again

By redstag  
Not happy with how the previous version loaded, so here's a second attempt.
First one will be in the mods.
Here's the description I gave the first version:
'Inspired by Paul Stefan, helped, a lot, by PaulCR, this is my attempt at the HDR style which Paul has made his own. I have tried other similar takes on the style and had some pretty close results, which may lead to me following different approaches in the future.
Thank you Paul for the superb images you have produced, they are inspirational.
There is a lot of white stone in the centre of Nottingham, and some very ornate buildings. This is Queen's Street looking towards Slab Square.
The composition I think is improved by the lady in the foreground on the phone, oblivious to the hustle and bustle around her deep in conversation.
I hope to get better at this style, so please pass on your thoughts and tips, positive or negative, I want to hear what you reckon to my first proper go at HDR (now I've discovered what it is!)'
This technique is fascinating me at the moment, hope you enjoy my attempts.

Tags: Woman City Mobile Architecture Nottingham Post office Council house Landscape and travel Blended exposure Portraits and people

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redstag 15 100 15 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2006 11:12PM
Still not happy! May have another go tomorrow, somehow it has more punch on the pc before I load it up.
hotchef23 14 134 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2006 11:20PM
good attempt very affective picture liek the tones and subtle differences around the piccy
wyatturp 15 2 England
8 Dec 2006 11:23PM
I wiil keep my eyes on these pics keep it going i like , well done.

jonny250 14 60 Guernsey
8 Dec 2006 11:23PM
In my ignorance, I dont know what HDR style is ( yet), but i like this picture, plenty of interest and it has that 'painting' feel about it.
joseph 15 England
8 Dec 2006 11:33PM
I like it Jon...Has a nice feel. Click.
Djemde 17 1 Tuvalu
8 Dec 2006 11:50PM
Horrible grimy street with a very good record shop on it. How did you manage not to get any buses in it? Seems really odd to me, perhaps because it's something I see everyday. Kind of looks like cardboard cutouts of the real thing. Sorry to criticise, i like the style, but perhaps put off by the subject. Cheers
kevski 14 14 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2006 11:53PM
A beautiful composition,lots to look at,i like that.Love the highlighted girl with phone.Nice.
Sus 16 3.2k 9 England
9 Dec 2006 2:32AM
well i will have to go research hdr style, however, not sure this works for me, just because as jem says perhaps it is just a bit ordinary? (however i appreciate you're actually trying a style, which I have no idea what it is)
backbeat Plus
15 134 1 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2006 7:03AM
mm..not sure what HDR is myself jon, will have to look it up...i thought it was where you took several shot of the same view at different exposures then blended them together at 32 bit to get a high definition.....but you cant have done that here due to the moving vehicles and people, so i must be thinking of something else.. does look a bit blurry to me, unless its my eyes at this time of the morning..interesting effect though..

dp 17 165 3 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2006 7:28AM
Are you using CS2 for this Jon? I have tried processing the RAW at several different exposures but all it says is there is insufficient dynamic range. Like you, I have been inspired by Paul and thought this may have been what he was doing. Any tips to get to this stage would be great.

redstag 15 100 15 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2006 8:46AM
I did this in elements, simply moved the exposure a couple below and a couple above 0 then put the three resulting images together. Phil you are right, you are supposed to do this in the camera, however PaulCR suggested trying it in PS, so thought I would give it a go. HDR is apparently High Dynamic Range, there is a long article on Wikipedia about it.
I am still experimenting and trying different blending options. If anyone else can offer tips, particularly on the layer blending, that would be great.
Tandberg 18 1.2k 2 England
9 Dec 2006 9:50AM
I too like pauls stuff!!
Wish he would give a proper run down on his technique,He gives it rough and roundabout but sadly that dont help most of us!
But thats his way and his right..Why give all the secrets away i suppose..

Jon in all honesty i would not have thought you were trying to emulate his style here! Sorry..

I have played myself, not with myself just incase anyone thought otherwise, And i get frustrated and gave up trying it..

The thing is i suppose to get something down.Your own style and then have others asking you HOW the heck do you do that jon..

Its been nice for me getting all the pm's on the night stuff and how do i do it.
I'm the kind of guy who explains in detail as i see it as a compliment that people want to do what i do...

If you want to carry on with pauls style good luck to you fella and i hope you do it..

terry_cavner 16 332 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2006 10:29AM
Superb Capture...some Fantastic work here...I need to give this HDR a try...Ive never heard of!! it can anyone give me any advice
MikeH 16 217 4 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2006 12:05PM
I've got 3 days spare so might have a go,LOL!
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
9 Dec 2006 4:08PM
Hi Jon,I think it looks like your own style,you might be influenced by Paul but you are doing your own thing i think which i like,i like the girl on the phone too,the building with the dome where in another photo you have a man standing inside it,the architectural features,perspective,maybe no buses were arriving,you've got cars and people which give scale,lots of detail about Nottingham and the bus system,lol.Excellent composition.Take care.AnnSmile
have a good weekend.
paulcr Plus
16 1.5k 9 Ireland
9 Dec 2006 4:42PM
Excellent first go JOn. I spent 5 hours last night on my attempt. I'm fascinated by it too. I was actually using too many HDR conversions at one stage so I took it down to 4.
10 Dec 2006 6:17AM
You have high standards Jon, I like this image/scene, don't know much about the technique, but love the angle with the bus shelters stepping down great scene, well done, Adrian
anthhope 15 1 England
10 Dec 2006 9:54AM
Fantastic detail.,.
BeckaP 14
10 Dec 2006 2:59PM
fab work. click*
highlander 17 32 Scotland
10 Dec 2006 6:22PM
Your setting and theme compliment the cityscape jon.
User_Removed 16 825 Lithuania
11 Dec 2006 5:17AM
nice effort!... be interested to see how you progress!... like this HDR stuff too!

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