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Old Sep 3, 2010, 11:26 AM   #1
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I saw the clouds and the sunrise while driving to work this morning so I went a little out of my way to take this picture. I ran the 6-shot bracket through DPHDR twice -- once to align the buildings in the foreground and once to pin-warp-align the moving clouds. I then ran the composite through Topaz's suite of applications.

I'm not sure what I was expecting but I thought it would come out better. Please feel free to comment and critique. Thank you for looking.

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Old Sep 4, 2010, 2:35 PM   #2
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I think this picture looks pretty awesome! Nice job. Love the sky! I think you could even crop some of the sky out to just above the sun and it would make a nice wall hanger. Just my opinion.
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VV, the composition is great. The color rendition however does not quite appeal to me. The ashy tone makes it look like the "Day After" or something dreary. I tend to see NYC as more vibrant and alive. Just MHO.

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VV, the composition is great. The color rendition however does not quite appeal to me. The ashy tone makes it look like the "Day After" or something dreary. I tend to see NYC as more vibrant and alive. Just MHO.

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It looks the color was tweaked a little to much to me and turned ashy......

I'd also consider cropping the sky just above the sun.

Nice composition and view

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Thanks, all, for the compliments. The crop is great. Yes, I now see my sky is "too big". I guess I lost sight of the composition's balance because I was making sure my efforts at pin-warp-aligning the clouds (it was very tedious) didn't go to waste.

#2) Original DPHDR output. I think my adjusting levels for contrast made the sky a deeper orange, but I think there wasn't much color to the skyscrapers to begin with. The colors you see below are actually what you see most of the time -- at least in mid- to uptown Manhattan. Pretty much a drab blue-gray silhoutte. (Which is probably why the Batman movies are pretty monotonic when depicting buildings...)


#3) Downtown might be different, though, having more colors as this photo I took from the Jersey City shore in February might show.


#4) And nights are an altogether different story with all the lights. I took this photo also in February.


Going back to my clouds, I think the picture below would justify a bigger sky since the skyline and river could be anytown not just New York? But I'll let you decide if it's still too big.

#5) Looking uptown from Weehawken.


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vv,

That's one really great photo, the last one. It looks like that. No need to try to get detail/light in the dark area. Excellent photo

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I actually love the first one (it's an awesome shot) but agree that cropping it (for me) to just above where the lighter clouds start to darken & soften would keep the cloud formation and lose some of the excess space. For the downtown buildings I would like to see them sharpened and bring out the colours to really make them pop.
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Thanks, Torgny.

Thanks, Frogfish. For the downtown photo, I'm not sure how to bring out more color, though. Maybe shooting at a different time of day like when the glass-paneled buildings downtown reflect the setting sun's orange blaze.
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