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By possumhead
HDR image of Stonehenge

Tags: Rocks Architecture Stone Hdr Digitally manipulated Stonehenge Landscape and travel

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Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
9 Jun 2007 10:37PM
A decent enough attempt, but it is a bit unsharp, there is not enough contrast, there is a hint of digital 'noise' and there is too much grass in the foreground.

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TonyBlake 11 2 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2007 12:39AM
I dissagree, It would be a great landscape, I think there's not enough grass or sky, and there are too many old boulders in the background. Smile

Sorry I jest, I passed this old relic today and often do...cannot see the fascination the tourists have with it...I surpose it's complacency on my part?.

I'll give you a vote though.. my wife and I both like the angle of the shot be positive!

Just think of the amount of gravel you could get out of that lot when crunched! what a waste eh?
Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
10 Jun 2007 1:58AM
OK seriously again, I agree with CB there's too much foregroung grass.

Now I'm no expert on HDR, and I like the effect you have on the stones, but i'm a bit surprised that you can't get more tonal range out of the sky. If this were a "normal" shot I'd say increase the drama contrast in the sky by:

making a duplicate layer with the histogram or curves tweaked for drama, and then altering the opacity of the layer to get a natural level, or, more simply, sweep a burn brush across it a few times. I'm sure that HDR or not, there's a lot more to be got out of that sky, which will make or break the shot

Stephen (Critique team)
10 Jun 2007 7:11PM
Well what makes this subject tough is, it is one of the most photographed subjects in the world..and def the UK!

So that is the problem, also this angle is the most obvious one to use. Post processed and tweaked you will have a decent enough shot, but one which looks very much like many others. My advice here is to tackle the composition in a completely different way.

Not easy but try getting closer, unusual angles, the sky is good for b&w, so chop out the foreground, even consider not including the whole area. Very very difficult to do this, I would re-shoot myself......
possumhead 11 1 England
10 Jun 2007 10:05PM
Thanks everyone for comments, because I`m new to photograpy I need as much help as I can get. As for the re-shoot, I think i will leave that for the tourist.
chensuriashi Plus
11 279 17 England
12 Jun 2007 6:13AM
That was the first thing I thought when I saw it I had a postcard like this 40 years ago but needs to be closer.
redstag 12 100 15 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2007 8:57AM
Without sounding like blatant self promotion, which immediately makes it sound that way! I have recently taken a couple of shots of the Henge, I took the shots with the stones offset to one side and tried to make the most of the sky.
the stones themselves are well exposed but you can really beef up the sky I think. I don't know what software you are using, but I would suggest levels, curves and maybe saturation in Photoshop would give the shot a lift. As for too much grass, I don't think so, but maybe a lower angle?

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