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#1 Derek Bailey

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 06:32 AM

So this is one of my first attempts at HDR, and the first sunrise I've tried the technique on.  I am new to the technique so any criticism and help is welcomed(don't worry, I have very thick skin).  I feel like it's a little to overdone, but I'm not sure how to fix that.


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Posted 22 February 2017 - 10:54 AM

Not much into PP and even less so HDR, though it sure has it`s uses.    I like the scene, there is much in it to soak in, the guy fishing is a bonus as is the detail available in the rocks and foliage the clouds look almost artificial though I appreciate that HDR is utilised to make things stand out in a way that is perhaps un-natural...? Interesting image for sure. Thanks for posting.

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 08:35 PM

You have a really bad halo on that island, green plants could be toned down a bit. I'm red/green colourblind but that's like greenhouse plants green.

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 09:17 AM

The high cloud and the cumulus on the horizon are very nice.

Its a good scene.

The foreground and the island are a bit dark IMO.

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 11:04 AM

This is great for a first attempt.  But in this photo you can really see the problems inherent with automatic HDR programs.  Those type of programs are making all the decisions for you and, quite often, they're not very good ones.  With automatic HDR programs haloing is often a problem but the biggest issue, in my opinion can be seen in the foreground where everything is flattened out and becomes muddy.  All the contrast is essentially lost and that's because the program's algorithms are too simple to deal with the complexity of the shot.  You can see the same problem in the sky with the way the clouds become haloed and lose their dimensionality because so much contrast is lost and flattened out.  It's kind of like shooting in JPEG instead of RAW and letting the camera make all your decision about colour, tone, saturation and so on.  If you want to do more of this kind of high dynamic range photography I would highly recommend learning how to do your own digital blending.  This involves learning something about  photoshop and luminosity masking, which is a bit of a learning curve.  But the freedom it gives you in processing and the quality of the results is hugely rewarding.  There are a number photographers who teach these techniques, the best of whom, in my opinion, is Tony Kuyper.  But the most accessible, especially for digital blending, is probably Jimmy McIntyre and you might want to Google his name to see what he's up to.  Anyway, keep at it.

I just wanted to add this.  Given that you are using an automatic HDR program you might try this.  Decide which exposure will be your base, usually the middle exposure, and in Lr bring the exposures of the other two closer to the base (i.e., adjust in the Basic panel in Lr particularly exposure, highlight, black, shadow and white sliders.)  Don't worry too much about creating noise, that will get worked out in the blending.  You'll probably need to experiment a little with Lr adjustments.  One of the problems with this shot, I think, is that the exposures that are being blended are too extreme and that can cause a lot of the flattening and weird affects.  Good luck.

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