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Gloucester Quays

By JakeK
Another HDR image from Gloucester Quays in the recent snow. I know not to everybody's taste and I not entirely convinced myself, but still very much in the experimental phase. I also tried to get rid of as much of the "halo" as possible.

Tags: Architecture Digitally manipulated

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4093 Canada
20 Feb 2013 9:53PM
Before I can comment, can you tell us how you made this HDR image, - technique, software, etc?

I will check back to comment,


Thanks



Willie

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JakeK 12
20 Feb 2013 10:02PM
Sorry, merged 3 photos ( -2 0 +2) on photomatix
Grin
JakeK 12
20 Feb 2013 10:03PM
And then edited in photoshop.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4093 Canada
20 Feb 2013 10:41PM
Thanks a lot Jake, - thats helpful.

You can try HDR without using Photomatix at all, just by layering the images, and taking the best from each one for a final result that has a wider dynamic range that a single shot. Its an HDR image, as the dynamic range is higher that a single shot.

What Photomatix does is Tone Mapping, something which came from the video gaming world, and can result in strange images if not worked on as 16 bit RAW files. 8 bit JPGs can be a problem. In other words, you dont require Tone Mapping to make an HDR image.

I would encourage you to try both approaches and see what works best for you. Tone mapping is very popular, and can be used for an exaggerated appearance, usually as an artistic intent. You may well see prints for sale that use this technique at markets, etc. and there is a market.


Ive downloaded your shot, and have a few comments in general. Although the buildings on the left do seem to be really leaning, the shot overall is tilted. and needs a rotation. The main attraction for tone mapping, which is no blown highlights has been missed, and there are many areas where highlights have no detail. There is a colour cast, - might have been deliberately introduced, but for me, best if its toned down, - its a blueish cast, especially visible in the snow along the quay. Colour, another plus with HDR, is quite desaturated.


Ive uploaded a mod with the changes suggested.


Hope this is helpful. The basic shot is nice; red boats always work; and youve done a good job of capturing the crumbling buildings.



regards


Willie
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4093 Canada
20 Feb 2013 10:48PM
Sorry about the second mod, - its the same as the first so ignore it.

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tonyguitar Plus
8 77 37 Canada
20 Feb 2013 11:51PM
The first mod looks ideal. brings up the colour of the hull. Looks a little high on the left side and less so in the first mod. In any case this is a moody and well composed image and has lots going for it. TG
Mike43 8 136 21 England
21 Feb 2013 8:04AM
Lovely composition, made better by Willie.s Mod, I must get me old Benbo out and try HDR.
Mike.
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2013 10:56AM
I would straighten the verticals on this one. Just slightly out and I notice more when just a touch out than a lot. Did you actually need HDR. I rarely like it so am biased, but would only ever use if as a last resort and then usually indoors.

The thing is, l immediatelly knew it was HDR, and, in my opinion, it should be more subtle. However, although this image is a touch too dark, the colours, whilst not natural, have a pleasant pastel appearance as Willies mod shows and that works quite well.

So, mixed feelings. Better than many of it's type.

Paul
JakeK 12
21 Feb 2013 5:34PM
Thanks for the comments everyone, and thanks very much Willie for spending the time, it's much appreciated!

Jake

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