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#1 ZjoefBoef

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 07:53 AM

Hello everyone,

 

I have been snapping pictures for years now, but this year it got more serious since I bought my first DSLR. Since I am also new to this forum, I thought I'd give it a go and show you one of my first sunset pictures, which I shot yesterday. Shot in 3 exposures, blended in lightroom.

 

Any feedback that I can use for my next shot is very much appreciated.

 

Things I was wondering about in particular:

- What do you think of the tree branch in the upper left corner?

- Is the post-processing too overdone?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

 

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 09:25 AM

Welcome, I like the shot very much, the tree branch doesn't bother me (the rest of the shot is so good), I also do not think it's over done.  The large sheep at bottom right and the setting sun draws me in, the backlit edges of many of the sheep is really nice, very nice to wonder through, lots to see, also like the windmill!  Well done IMHO!

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 09:32 AM

I agree with Doug. Really well done and I like it a lot. No nits here. How did you blend it in LR?

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 09:42 AM

Welcome!  Without being there, it's difficult to say for sure because I don't know what's beyond the edge of the right frame, but I would have moved right a bit to remove the tree branches IF there isn't something to the right that makes it worst.

 

I like the processing and I like the more panoramic view.  I hope you post more!

 

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 10:41 AM

Welcome Zjoef to our photography forum. Love your photo, and hope to see more of your work. I agree with David on the branch, but understand if it cannot be removed. The pp is well done, and there is a lot of details that make this image interesting!
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Posted 25 November 2016 - 11:41 AM

It is a lovely picture, nicely composed.  Personally I would lose the branch and you could do that fairly easily in Ps.  

Warning: I am currently on a new learning kick so what I'm about to say reflects that.  I assume that when you say you took three exposures and blended them in Lr that you mean you processed them using the HDR mode in photo merge.  That's what it looks like.  In my opinion Lr HDR or any automatic HDR program is a blunt instrument.  It works but its not very subtle. Consider for example, in your photo - the trees in the background left and right are very muddy.  And that kind of muddiness is typical of automated HDR programs that make all sorts of compromises in blending the shots.  If you really want to get the best out of this photograph in all its high dynamic range glory you might consider learning digital blending and luminosity masking - essentially manual HDR.  With luminosity masking you can get very subtle blending through masking and you are making the choices instead of the program.  I say all this because that's what I'm working on myself.  I find it quite difficult to learn but I'm also seeing that as I practice it becomes clearer how it all works.  The results are ridiculously amazing.  It completely takes post processing to a new level.  I'm working with Jimmy McIntyre's tutorial course but there are others if you're interested and have the time.



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Posted 25 November 2016 - 04:17 PM

Thanks everyone. Your feedback is appreciated!

 

I agree with Doug. Really well done and I like it a lot. No nits here. How did you blend it in LR?

 

As Kerry Gordon mentioned, I just used the automatic HDR function in Lightroom to blend 3 exposures bracketed 2 stops apart.

 

Welcome!  Without being there, it's difficult to say for sure because I don't know what's beyond the edge of the right frame, but I would have moved right a bit to remove the tree branches IF there isn't something to the right that makes it worst.

 

I like the processing and I like the more panoramic view.  I hope you post more!

 

David

 

I think there was enough space to move to the right a bit. Actually, I put in the tree branch on purpose to add more depth. But I understand that the image may be more pleasing to most people with no 'distractions' like this. Something to keep in mind next time!

 

It is a lovely picture, nicely composed.  Personally I would lose the branch and you could do that fairly easily in Ps.  

Warning: I am currently on a new learning kick so what I'm about to say reflects that.  I assume that when you say you took three exposures and blended them in Lr that you mean you processed them using the HDR mode in photo merge.  That's what it looks like.  In my opinion Lr HDR or any automatic HDR program is a blunt instrument.  It works but its not very subtle. Consider for example, in your photo - the trees in the background left and right are very muddy.  And that kind of muddiness is typical of automated HDR programs that make all sorts of compromises in blending the shots.  If you really want to get the best out of this photograph in all its high dynamic range glory you might consider learning digital blending and luminosity masking - essentially manual HDR.  With luminosity masking you can get very subtle blending through masking and you are making the choices instead of the program.  I say all this because that's what I'm working on myself.  I find it quite difficult to learn but I'm also seeing that as I practice it becomes clearer how it all works.  The results are ridiculously amazing.  It completely takes post processing to a new level.  I'm working with Jimmy McIntyre's tutorial course but there are others if you're interested and have the time.

 

The automatic HDR function in lightroom is indeed what I used. Thanks for your remarks about the 'muddiness', I don't think that that's something I would have noticed myself. The technique your mentioning sounds difficult, but I like the suggestion and will look into it.

Edit: I found the tutorials you referred to.



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Posted 25 November 2016 - 06:39 PM

 

 

 

 

Edit: I found the tutorials you referred to.

 

Just to point out, those are the Youtube tutorials, which are worth looking at but if you decide you really want to get into it you'll probably want more comprehensive training.  Here are two very good courses.  The first is the aforementioned one by Jimmy McIntyre (it's the one I'm doing and boy does my head hurt!) - http://www.shutterev...lending-course/  and the second is by Sean Bagshaw, who is closely connected to Tony Kuyper one of the pioneers of this technique - http://www.outdoorexposurephoto.com/video-tutorials/the-complete-guide-to-luminosity-masks   I've been working away at this a couple of hours a day for the past week or more and feel like I'm just starting to get a handle on it.



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Posted 26 November 2016 - 08:30 AM

Lovely photo, Zjoef.

I like the water in the foreground, and of course the sheep. ;)



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Posted 30 November 2016 - 11:41 AM

I like this image a LOT and the tree branches add even more depth  for me, so I like their inclusion... I have no skills in PP so nothing to add on that, looking forward to seeing more of your pics... Thanks for posting.... Thought I saw  it flashing through at the end of C&T`s Wildlife show last week...?







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