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Old Apr 28, 2005, 3:47 PM   #1
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hey guys...

here's a shot i took this morning (5:30 :O)

blended two shots together (sky and grass) to keep the high contrast situation controlled (sortof like a graduated neutral density filter keeps the tones inside the films dynamic range..

enjoy :-D

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Old Apr 28, 2005, 8:34 PM   #2
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Hello Vito! Pretty cool idea, I am going to experiment with my sunset/rise photos!

Love your work!
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Old Apr 28, 2005, 10:22 PM   #3
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Very nice effect... I gotta ask though, how painstaking was the post-process? Whatever the effort, to me was worth it. Nice job...

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Old Apr 28, 2005, 11:50 PM   #4
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hey guys

the process isn't particularly painstaking...as long as it's setup correctly...

it's a real pain to have to mess with the two images to get them to line up right, so it's best to use a tripod, and avoid movement when changing settings...

for a 'better' blend, it would be very difficult, with the using of different opacity brushes at different sizes to get some detail in the trees...but to keep it how it is..it's pretty much a straight sweep with a soft brush (using a mask...if you have elements...the same can be done with the eraser...just a bit tougher, because you can fix your mistakes) and then painting in (with a mask) or erasing the rest of the sky..

all in all, it's not bad...but REALLY worth the color in the sky (or the detail in the field!)

thanks for looking

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Old Apr 29, 2005, 2:57 AM   #5
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Vito;

I am a Photoimpact user, and it has built-in, a High Dynamic Range function, that can blend bracketed exposures into a single image. There are other programs, and, I believe, Photoshop actions which do the same thing. The major limitations of these, of course, are having exactly the same elements in each picture, though PI does have a way to brush out parts of one that you don't want included in the final image.(a person moving into the picture, for example)

I have used it on occasion when I needed detail in both highlights and shadows.

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Love the pic !

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Old Apr 29, 2005, 12:06 PM   #7
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One of your best!

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Old Apr 29, 2005, 8:22 PM   #8
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Very nice effect...* I gotta ask though, how painstaking was the post-process?* Whatever the effort, to me was worth it.* Nice job...

Dave...
Check out this link for three methods:

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu...blending.shtml

No matter what method was used, your photo is very, very nice Vito. Love the composition and color. Makes me want to get out of bed a little earlier.
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Old Apr 29, 2005, 8:28 PM   #9
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Here's a photo I took using method #2 from the Luminous Landscape tutorial using bracketed exposures of -1EV and +1EV, but I like Vito's better.
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Great job Vito. I really respect your work. I have to say though that the background is not that interesting in this shot. The sky is defintely nice, but the trees are a little boring.However, I think this kind of shot is great practice for this technique. I am sure you're gonna impress me again with another one soon. Keep up the good work. best regards
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