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Old Apr 6, 2010, 2:42 PM   #1
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I took these pictures in midtown-Manhattan yesterday and processed with Photomatix. Thank you for looking! C&C welcome.

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Old Apr 6, 2010, 2:49 PM   #2
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Vvcarpio... they are all nice, but holy cats, mate, that second one is jok'n awesome... I really like the reflection... You've done a really nice job!!!

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A can only secod Ned's opinion - the second one is amazing!! #1 looks like a plastic model, really cool
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Old Apr 6, 2010, 5:03 PM   #4
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Nice shot of the palace hotel
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Old Apr 7, 2010, 7:54 AM   #5
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Thanks a lot, all, for your very kind words!

I took Bynx's suggestion and shot RAW -- all of the above are from single RAW files. I'll be turning on RAW from now on to expand my pp choices. I find single shot RAW very convenient for scenes with moving objects -- people, cars, leaves, clouds, etc. Thanks a lot for the suggestion, Bynx.

I would still shoot in brackets, though, especially when there are very bright or very dark areas. The shot below, for example, has clouds that are blownout on the left and top of the GE Building at Rockefeller Plaza:



I also took shoturtle's suggestion and bought a faster memory card. I benchmarked my new Patriot 266x CompactFlash against my old 133x CompactFlash. My test included shooting a bracket of 3 shots on my Sony Alpha 350. I timed it starting with the time I pressed the shutter release button to take 3 automatic shots up to the time the red light turns off indicating the camera is done saving the images.

With my old 133x CompactFlash, it took 27 seconds.

With my new 266x CompactFlash, it took 15-17 seconds.

So there's a savings of 10-12 seconds.

It still slows down my shooting-from-the-hip escapades on the streets of Manhattan but the faster speed should reduce the tradeoff for the convenience of shooting RAW as well. I'm glad I bought faster memory. Thanks, shoturtle.

For scenes without a mix of dark and bright spots like the one below, I think a single RAW shot is all I need.

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I really like #3. This is what HDR is all about. No clipping of highlights and detail in the shadows. The whole scene just pops. Well done...
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Old Apr 7, 2010, 1:35 PM   #7
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Like them all well done...and amazing...a treat for the eyes...thank you...

Still like your landscape park pic's best...
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#2 and 3 look great here VV. i love the reflections in #2 and #3 the hdr looks nice.
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I love all of your compositions--#1 is a standout. Not sure I like the HDR treatment...I
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Old Apr 8, 2010, 11:45 AM   #10
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Thank you all! I used to work in the building across the street from #2 and so spent many lunch breaks walking around the intersection in #1 looking for someplace to eat. I never would have thought everyday street corners might be good subjects for photography .
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