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ladybower reservoir

By Riachsion
ladybower reservoir Derbyshire England

took 5th November

this is 5 photos merged into 1 to make a HDR photo

Tags: Reservoir Landscape and travel

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3878 Canada
8 Nov 2013 12:45PM
The pov from which this is shot is quite nice.

The image, discounting HDR for now, looks quite dull. This is partly the weather, which didnt seem to be on your side, and underexposure.

Looking at you shot settings, with a wide lens and a landscape image, the aperture should be smaller, - down to at least f/8 for this. What the larger aperture causes here is a lack of detail and sharpness. You can see this in the grass closest to the camera.

So, setting the shot up, best to chose a smaller aperture; then since you are using a tripod, and will take multiple shots at different shutter speeds, why not use a lower ISO?

The aim of HDR is to capture the full tonal range of a scene, from the very bright to the dark, and maintain detail across the spectrum. The bright end of the scale seems to have been dropped, with the dark and mid tones only being captured. I wounder if in fact the scene was itself suitable? The best scenes are those with a range of tones beyond the capability of the sensors ability to capture in a single shot.
You have an earlier example f4om the same place in your portfolio, and overall it looks better. Think about what, if anything you did differently.

I did upload a mod with the exposure adjusted to extend the range of tones. Its brighter, but its difficult to a lot with the image other than that. I did use some sharpening, not very successful, so for me its one to try again.



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8 Nov 2013 1:12PM
thank you for your comments Banehawi Willie

I took this photo whilst traveling home from Manchester

I had my camera in the car no additional lens or tripod so was a hand held shot on the spur of the moment

it was a dark cold rainy day

I forwarded this shot to the BBC TV who used it in their weather report on the same day as I took it

Bob Riach
Trevhas Plus
5 1.3k 3 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2013 4:24PM
Well done for getting it on the telly Bob, i thought i recognised it. I've sent in several to Paul the weatherman and none have been used. Just warmed this shot up a little, it's all down to preference and what you like in the end Bob.
8 Nov 2013 4:26PM
Thanks Trevhas

ITV have used my photos as well
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3878 Canada
9 Nov 2013 12:23AM
Yep, it would definitely qualify as a dull weather day.

paulbroad 10 123 1242 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2013 10:56AM
They use a lot of weather images of all sorts of standards. I was a YTV sringer photographer for my area for years in the days of colour slides. They payed 28 for a 5 sec flash on the screen. You gave them your work for free.

No need for HDR. Struggle to understand why it is used sometimes. It is meant to compress tonal range to fit into the sensitivity range of sensors and, whilst the effect is reasonable here, the result is flat and heavy.

Does fit a weather theme though, and that is why they would use it. So, for a purpose, it works and that is a success. Seems to be a lot of HDR at the moment and I 'm beginng to think it is like a fashion, in vogue so must be used even when not needed.


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