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Old Mar 15, 2010, 1:46 PM   #11
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What a nice set, Barbarian - I specially like #4... this one is amazingly sharp and clear!

When it comes to the HDR, I prefer the non-HDR version, cause I like the natural look more then the "overdone" look, but that's of course a matter of personal taste
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Old Mar 16, 2010, 3:24 AM   #12
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Very nice nigth-shots, Barbarian!

#4 - #3 and #2 creat the most impression on my poor soul.
Great night-time moods. What gear are you shooting with?
I believe that #3 and # 4 are shot from the same position - one with your wide-angel and the next with your tele-end of the same zoom-kit? Or what?

Unfortunately, the EXIF-data is gone....

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Old Mar 16, 2010, 2:23 PM   #13
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Gotta agree. I like your originals better. But thats because of some settings in your processing that are off. The highlights are definately way off. The lights are too hard and sharp, and there is lots of noise in the corners. Now while I prefer your lighter HDR versions, I would probably prefer the heavier ones if they were done with more understanding of the sliders. While others will disagree I still think that HDR gives a better picture when done properly. Bad HDR pics are the cause of the operator and not the software. JMONFO
Here is Mrs. Barbarians original with a touch of Shadown/Highlight
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Old Mar 16, 2010, 5:59 PM   #14
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Maggo, all of the shots were HDRs. As Bynx mentions, I'm not that good at more extreme HDRs. I try to make them look as natural as possible.

I'll freely admit that there are others who can make extreme HDRs look great, but I'm not there, yet.

Walter, the two shots you mentioned were taken a few yards apart, as you can see by the location of the fountain in the center of the pool. But it was indeed first a wide-angle, then a telephoto. I use a Pentax K20, mostly with a Sigma 70-300 zoom or the kit lens which is an 18-55. When I need really low light capability, I use a Pentax *istDS with a 55mm 1.2 Nikkor-S.

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