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User_Removed 12 19 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 12:19AM
a lovely image and happy to be the first to comment on it..Smile

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miptog 13 3.6k 62 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 12:21AM
Very well seen, and presented. I would be tempted to straighten the verticals, but it is personal choice.
photophantom 11 108 3 Philippines
22 May 2008 12:35AM
much better...............
VIKI 13 18 1 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 5:49AM
BRILLIANT what more can I say.
VIKI 13 18 1 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 5:56AM
By the way, what is HDR treatment? I like it.
User_Removed 11 78 1 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 7:10AM
Great effect

GalleryGirl 11 4 2 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 7:22AM
Excellent work again.
Marilyn x
Angi_Wallace Plus
11 201 10 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 7:55AM

Quote:By the way, what is HDR treatment? I like it.

Hi Viki
HDR is post processing treatment where you combine 2 or more images with different exposure levels and process them using software such as Photomatix.
Thanks for all the votes and comments everyone. Have a great day.
redstag 13 100 15 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 7:57AM
I do quite a lot of HDR image and don't have the corage to push them as far as you do. You get into the real vs stylised debate. You really aren't afraid of the process and use it very distinctively. Hats off to you.
MandsH 12 England
22 May 2008 8:25AM
A very effective shot
StevenPrice 14 30 2 England
22 May 2008 8:45AM
superb work adds a real grittyness to the image i like it a lot
MickyMc 11 8 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 9:05AM
Super this works very well indeed
jimbo_t 16 959 England
22 May 2008 11:34AM
Is that the bottom of Baldwin St? I went to uni here and this is a nice Bristol photo.......brings back some memories!
lonely_oryx 11 61 55 England
22 May 2008 11:55AM
Excellent effect
FeatherFriend 11 38 217 England
22 May 2008 12:27PM
Like this one too, lovely composition in all respects.
ade_mcfade 15 15.2k 216 England
22 May 2008 4:23PM
you;'ve picked a really nice corner to get a shot of and nice to get some people walking through the scene, adds a lot of life and makes it loook more vibrant.

Is the an early attempt at HDR?

There's a few issues here that make this look uber-processed - as opposed to pleasantly processed. HDR's a fantastic tool, I've just done a book of architecture shots using it - so I hope these tips help.

First, I think you've got the strength too high - that can make huge black areas and that noise you see in the sky. If you dothat, then you may well get a lot less noise.

Next, this has atrificially light areas and dark areas - the building is in darkness and the street looks heavenly bright. this is often down to "light smoothing" and maybe micro contrast. Try putting the light smoothing on 1, then 2, see the difference taht makes. It's your friend.

Finally, think of the HDR shot you get from tone mapping as something to blend with the middle shot of your HDR series - usually the normally exposed shot. Try changing the blend mode toi Luminocity, or even just changing the opacity of the layer so it lightly improves the original.

The best tip I got about HDR is that "subtlety is best", as in, don't go bold in teh HDR tool, make your statements in Photoshop.
challicew 11 1 1 South Africa
22 May 2008 4:58PM
Friggin' Marvelous
dave1207 11 14 England
22 May 2008 5:07PM
Superb image.
LuzDeNoche 11 2 France
22 May 2008 5:46PM
Nice and gritty.
Smile Lucy
Angi_Wallace Plus
11 201 10 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 6:58PM
Thanks for all the tips Ade, I will try them, but to be totally honest I do like the over processed look( I know I am probably in the minority and its probably an arty thing rather than a photography thing). I do have versions where I have blended the original normal exposure with the HDR set on luminosity and they look okay, but not my kind of image. I might post one of them for you - maybe yesterdays shot as a modification.
Thanks for all the votes peeps.
franfoto 11 2 32 England
22 May 2008 9:29PM
A little surreal but I love it. Great composition and viewpoint.
bayleaf 11 8 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 9:38PM
I like this effect a lot.

Pegon 14 78 1 England
22 May 2008 10:59PM
Superb work.
Strobe 11 1.3k United States
24 May 2008 7:18AM
This is fantastic, well done
tigertimb 11 40 66 United Kingdom
24 May 2008 10:38AM
Excellent work and was really interested to read Ade's feedback as I intend to try some HDR myself.
But my opinion for what it's worth is that the HDR should either be subtle enough that you hardly notice it, or over the top like this so it becomes stylistic - the ones in between are the ones that don't feel right to me.
So I love this, with the composition, that dramatic sky, superb detail in the buildings and the glow from the light. The only slight thing for me is the slight curve from the wide angle, but I don't know if it's feasible to correct that before applying the HDR
Angi_Wallace Plus
11 201 10 United Kingdom
24 May 2008 11:03AM
Thanks Tim. Another photographer who works wonders with HDR and is also writing a book, has spent some time giving me some feedback too. His opinion is similar to Ade's and he feels that these images have gone terribly wrong with regards to HDR technique. Whilst I certainly understand where both ade and Pete are coming from, I still like these three images.
I think I agree with your point of subtle or strong HDR, but I'm only learning and have a longggggg way to go.

It is quite funny that the people with experience have said what is very wrong with these images yet they have recieved so many votes and positive comments on here. Is that because people are not used to seeing great HDR images such as Pete Carrs? The images do have blown areas, over pixilated, dark and dirty areas and could certainly be improved upon a hell of a lot, of that I am sure, although I am not sure if I am capable of that just yet. I do agree with the points regarding what is wrong, but just can't help still liking them, I think I need to give my head a wobble Wink
tigertimb 11 40 66 United Kingdom
24 May 2008 11:20AM
I do agree entirely with the more expert feedback - there's loads wrong here if you're after a realistic effect. But for a stylistic image you've hit exactly what you aimed at Smile
gossyboy 11 460 United Kingdom
26 May 2008 5:02PM
Great work and inspiring to us all.

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