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By alistairfarrugia    
A typical Maltese 'tender' at Malta's Grand Harbour.

Tags: Boat Transport Hdr

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7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 9:11AM
A beautifully composed photograph Alistair, one which I find rather hard to comment upon, or even suggest a possible modification. I like the processing, which certainly adds a punch to the image.

Regards Nathan

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26 Sep 2012 9:20AM
Thanks Nathan, appreciated.
Jestertheclown Plus
9 7.6k 252 England
26 Sep 2012 10:50AM
Hi Alistair,

I'm not a great fan of HDR unless it's done with sufficient subtlety that it's undetectable.
Although , I rather like this, it's just a bit too obvious for me.
It makes no difference to me but you'll probably get told off for putting your name on it.

26 Sep 2012 11:09AM
I typically steer clear from HDR myself but it's opening up some new options with pictures that would be either too dull or too bright in some areas - using it subtly (and in this case, a tad more subtly) would be a better option I guess, point taken. In this one I like the vibrancy in the colours and stuck with it. My photography tutor, referring to HDR, asked us one thing - if you had a choice between hanging this picture or a more natural looking picture, (read over/underexposed in some areas), which one would you hang?

Regardless - I will try upload a modification that is not HDR and only has some shadow/highlight editing using Canon's RAW editor.

As regards signing - yeah I noticed that a lot in other posts, but I like signing my work in a corner - just to ensure the name shows. It is after all a work for critique not for competition purposes.
Jestertheclown Plus
9 7.6k 252 England
26 Sep 2012 11:26AM

Quote: if you had a choice between hanging this picture or a more natural looking picture, (read over/underexposed in some areas), which one would you hang?

When I look at it that way, I think that your tutor makes good sense.

Given the choice, I'd certainly go for this one; perhaps toned down a nudge but it's a very good point.
26 Sep 2012 11:29AM
We're in agreement then - revisiting this work I do notice that it might have been slightly overdone - will reload a modification/version later.
banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3809 Canada
26 Sep 2012 4:18PM
I dont find a whole lot wrong with it. A little ober HDR'd perhaps, but good detail in the boat, and a good oberall exposure.

What I do think is that there too much space on the right, - I know you were after the rope, but youre perhaps better confining the composition to a 10 X 8 aspect ratio, and rather than having the rope exit the frame, let it drop below the waves.

Its a little oversaturated, - and a slight colour balance shift makes a difference. I have calibrated the black and white points in the mod. The original black contained a bias towards blue.


26 Sep 2012 4:21PM
Thanks Willie - as usual, very valid critique and an interesting mod. It also sorts the signature question too without much fanfare... Wink
26 Sep 2012 4:28PM
Uploaded a 10x8 version with slightly reduced saturation.
Jestertheclown Plus
9 7.6k 252 England
26 Sep 2012 4:31PM
That's better!
26 Sep 2012 4:44PM
Thx Jester, I agree. It's only when you compare one with the other that the over-saturation really really shows, and as I said, I'm quite new to HDR so I don't pick it up that easily. Smile Glad I found this community...really helpful!
paulbroad Plus
10 123 1217 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 12:02PM
Assume the HDR was by processing a single file three ways. I would have deleted an image with incorrect exposure which could not be corrected, no danger of hanging it. I do not like HDR much, but I actually didn't know this was HDR until I read your comments! That is a true accolade from me.

A nice shot of high quality. Prefer v1. I find it very nice but everyone to there own, subjectively. I would this not hang ir, but that really is personal preference.

27 Sep 2012 2:33PM
Thanks Paul - this is an HDR made with three variants of the same picture, one underexposed, one mid-ground and one overexposed to bring out detail in shadows and highlights properly in the HDR merge. The fact that you didn't realise it was HDR is truly a good thing as I too don't like it when the HDR treatment shows up a lot.

In this case though, I think one could (and indeed some did) in fact pick up the HDR element from the over saturated colours. In fact, I was in agreement with the others who commented that said there was a bit too much saturation...that did come from overdoing it while giving it the HDR treatment.

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