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My First HDR!

By PaulaLey  
My first HDR!

Many thanks to BigCol for his tireless patience explaining techniques to me! This is my first attempt at HDR - taken on a mini club night out on Thursday. What a fantastic evening we had with the windmill (in another shot I'll post later!), sunset, almost full moon, hot air ballooon, fab clouds, beautiful light, camera mad mates - and lots of mud!!! This picture, by no means technically perfect, but a perfect memory of a lovely evening with my tog friends.

(5 exposures merged in Photomatix - with lots of help from BigCol!)

Thanks for looking!


Tags: Sunset Hdr Corn field Pitstone Landscape and travel

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JONTHELENS 15 34 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2008 2:14PM
Well its a very good first HDR.
Love it.

sunshot 17 24 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2008 2:29PM
i'v not a clue what HDR is, but this looks awesome. so great work and well done

17 Aug 2008 3:52PM
Paula, if this is your first HDR then your future efforts will be even more awesome, well done, I'm going to have a go also !!!

tomcat 16 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2008 6:16PM
Love the light falling on the foreground ears of corn
One very minor niggle .....The red & yellow blobs just off center...Why you were doing all the other work it would have been so easy to have removed them...IMHO

Whatever do not let what I have stated detract from what is other wise a fine piece of work

MNPHOTO 14 1 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2008 7:54PM
OMG 14 51 2 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2008 11:45PM
A great shot congratulations. I have not yet got the software to try HDR and it all sounds very complicated but you have made me want to try.
Thanks for the comment on my amateurish effort.
Best wishes
17 Aug 2008 11:54PM
This is great my dear - I must have a go!
18 Aug 2008 9:21AM
This is excellent... love the forgound interest and the way the light hits the corn.

One minor comment, the trees in the background are too underexposed for a HDR.
BigCol 21 1.8k 1 Scotland
18 Aug 2008 1:57PM
Well it was worth all the effort shouting instructions over to you! Now Nigel's asking for instructions too! He should have listened when I was telling you. Wink
With regard to Darren's comment on the trees I think it's all pretty relative. Open the larger image and the trees lighten up nicely and on a much bigger image I'd imagine they look even better.
The idea with HDR isn't necesarily to make everything brighter but to produce a 'natural' looking image using a wider than normal exposure range. If the trees were too bright it could look unrealistic and spoil the natural feel of the image.
lostintime 14 13 6 Germany
23 Aug 2008 7:25PM
Fantastic golden evening light Paula, a terrific first attempt.
RobinF 15 83 1 England
27 Aug 2008 8:19AM
Brilliant work Paula! A lovely scene, look forward to seeing more shots from that session.
javam 17 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2008 9:38PM
For a first attempt it is very good Paula. The sign of a good HDR is no sign of HDR! You have managed that here and retained a good amount of detail.

I have had a go at a mod, tweaked levels, removed the flare and applied a little sharpening.

SimPick 16 545 2 Azerbaijan
5 Sep 2008 11:37PM
Excellet first attempt Paula. Keep it up. The only one criticism that I would have is that it is not sharp enough. Otherwise a great first attempt at HDR.

CherryMartin 14 10 United States
5 Sep 2008 11:52PM
Fantastic shot
Glostopcat 16 255 2 England
13 Sep 2008 8:32PM
A super summer scene Paula, an excellent first attempt at this technique
lonely_oryx 14 61 55 England
13 Sep 2008 9:41PM
Beautiful image

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