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There's a storm coming!

By lanzalouis
This was taken in Newquay a couple of weeks ago, I was trying to get the HDR look! Is there anything I could have done different?


Tags: Landscape and travel Newquay cornwall

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pks 14 2 England
30 Jun 2012 10:18PM
looks like you have done what you set out to do great image well done !


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30 Jun 2012 10:19PM
Thanks Peter!!
30 Jun 2012 11:47PM
A lovely shot and well processed
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
1 Jul 2012 1:26AM
It is a fantastic atmpsphere and a stunning rock.
I'd like the composition much better with the house on the right cropped off.
It distracts and troughs the otherwise beautiful composition out of balance.
paulknight 8 2 8 New Zealand
1 Jul 2012 10:41AM
I too think you have done what you set out to do. It is great. And I agree with Annette38's suggestion about cropping out the house at the right
1 Jul 2012 10:59AM
Thanks for the comments guys, I have taken on board what you've said. I like the layout of the scene with the land sweeping down to the point and cropping it down would get rid of this feeling... so, I've photoshopped the house's to the right out of the scene... see updated image in modifications.

Thanks for all your comments and look forward to knowing what you think!
1 Jul 2012 11:01AM
I've just looked at the modification again and it does look loads better!!!! CHEERS!!
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2012 11:11AM
Welcome to EPZ Louis, I hope you enjoy your time with us. You have uploaded here to the Critique Gallery this is an excellent place to learn, many experienced photographers are available to assist so, enjoy.

This picture is very good, to me my first thought however, was that it required a bit more base to balance it, ie more beach to the bottom. The removal of the house to the right does the same thing.

I have uploaded a mod to show what I personally feel would have been a bit better. I added canvas at the bottom and cloned in the rest of the beach and cloned out the house rather hastily, but it gives you my suggested idea of compossition. I also brightened it up a little.

I don't think f22 was necessary here, perhaps f8 which would have given you more latitude when selecting your shutter speed. It would have been interesting to hear what you did in processing to give the HDR effect or was it done by the Nikon in-camera HDR facility?

1 Jul 2012 12:54PM
Hi Frank,

Thanks for your advice!! I see exactly what you mean about the beach, gives it a bit more depth!! All I did to get the HDR effect was open the image in RAW format and expose for the foreground, then re-exposed the same RAW image for the sky. Layered one over the top of the other in CS5, cropped out the over exposed sky in the top image using the "refine edge" tool... this bringing the new exposed sky through from behind. I then used the "Dodge" and "Burn" tool to emphasise some of the shadows and highlights. As far as I know, my camera (Nikon D7000) does not have a built in HDR facility...?? I hope you can tell me otherwise as it would have been quicker ha ha!

Thanks for your advice and the mod looks ace!!

Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2012 9:53AM

Quote:Hi Frank,
As far as I know, my camera (Nikon D7000) does not have a built in HDR facility...?? I hope you can tell me otherwise as it would have been quicker ha ha!

Thanks for your advice and the mod looks ace!!


Not sure about the D7000, but my D5100 has a built in HDR facility but as yet, I haven't bothered to use it

2 Jul 2012 9:56AM
D7000 has the bracketing feature which I have used a few times but on this occasion I didn't have a tripod with me... (School boy error ha ha!)

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