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Bin day.

By SiPickles    
Something a bit different to my usual posts.
Trying my hand at HDR.
Not a big fan of it but I like the odd image given the treatment.
Feel free to leave a few comments.

Tags: Photo journalism General Specialist and abstract Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Digital art Landscape and travel

Voters: mrswoolybill, colijohn, raywalker and 2 more

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digicammad 15 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 4:59PM
I'm not sure if your intention was for a natural look, or heavily stylised, this is the latter. Maybe your comment about not being a fan of HDR comes from not being able to get a natural look at the moment. If that is the case I would say stick with it and learn how to avoid over processing the HDR. Most of my landscapes for the past 4+ years have been HDR and I think it is an excellent tool which is all too often slated because of the amount of badly processed HDRs out there.

Looking at this shot, I like the photo itself and if you wanted stylised you've certainly achieved that, the heavy HDR emphasises the grime of the alley. If you want a more natural look, try increasing the light smoothing to maximum (or close to), reducing the micro contrast and strength.

Hope this helps a little.


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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 5:52PM
I have no experience of HDR, so I won't try to add anything to Ian's technical advice. But two observations:
Irrespective of processing the subject and composition appeal enormously to me. It's the interest of the mundane, when viewed sympathetically. How many people would see the potential here?
But, the brightness of the walls spoils the balance a bit for me, the background dominates too much. It looks as though bright sunlight is falling on both sides, which is unlikely!
Worth further thought, the idea deserves it.
13 Feb 2012 8:25PM
I know nothing about HDR, but i do like the photo with the contrast of the old back alley & the modern wheelie bins, glad you saw the potential refered to in previous post.
14 Feb 2012 8:47AM
Thanks Ian, I'll try a new edit with your suggestions after work. Never tried Hdr before, I like some hdr images, some are more realistic and some are very stylised like this image. Its more about whether the hdr adds or detracts from the image than liking a particular style for me.
The original looked a bit flat and dull but I liked the composition and juxtaposition of old and new. Hdr has made the bins really pop, but I have overdone it.
14 Feb 2012 8:52AM
Thanks Moira and Ray, This is what I look for when out with my camera. Seeing the appeal in the mundane that most people walk right by without a second thought. Glad you see similar to what I saw.
Its Saltaire, which is a world heritage site, against the modern wheelie bins made an interesting juxtaposition.
Thanks again. I do need to learn more about Hdr though.

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