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Old Dec 7, 2009, 9:11 PM   #161
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@vvcarpio: The pic itself looks really good, but I also share Bynx's opinion: The lights would come out better if the sky would be darker.
Thanks, maggo85. I was getting fond of the sky's blue tint while working on it but now I can imagine a darker shade of blue might indeed make the lights on the foreground stand out more.
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... I love the composition of the first one ...
Thanks a lot, maggo85!
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Old Dec 9, 2009, 3:08 PM   #163
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Inspired by you guys here, I decided to give it a shot.
Beach shot, taken at Bloemendaal beach, Durch north sea coast yesterday and HDR'd with EasyHDR.
Camera Sony A700, SAL18-250 lens.
Any comments and advice are appreciated as this is my first attempt at this!
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Old Dec 9, 2009, 5:30 PM   #164
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Welcome to the HDR-crowd, tsjiaotai!


You have done really well here. IMO this is a very good HDR. Not overcooked and it looks really natural. You have a very dramatic setting, composition, perspective and that light!! I love those clouds, the rippled sand in the fore- and middle-ground. You even have a perspective-measurement with that lone person at the back and - the best things of all. The two persons in the front give the picture lots of interesting things to look at.

Maybe I would just crop some of that sky, or at least try to avoid having the horizon smack in the middle of the picture. Also, I think your horizon is a little out of level?

Well done and please post some more!
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Well Walter just typed the letters right out of my mouth. This is an excellent HDR. I would tend to crop the sky just above the cloud limit on the left side. That would eliminate the emptiness and move your horizon above the halfway point as Walter pointed out. You have covered the exposures well as I can see no fault at all. Lovely water texture in the inland area. What is the white line in the 10 o'clock position from the couple?
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Nice! It's so alike the beaches of the south of Argentina. I feel so identified with this landscape. A superb motive and timing for HDR. And this is your first HDR? Let me shoot myself.
+1 about the horizon.
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tsjiaotai, I second Walter, Bynx and Ordo's comments - great job for your first HDR!! Beautiful textures and colours, the people in the fore- and background look perfect -

I too think that if you cut the "cloudless" sky off it would be better - of course it's a beauty right now

PS.: Can't believe that this is the dutch coast - very, very beautiful environment
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Thanks for all your kind words !
I put your advice to practice, i.e. cropping it and correcting for horizon. The shots were taken by hand as the sun was setting so fast ( OK, I arrived there a little late!) I didn't want to waste time setting up my tripod.
Keeping level horizon seems to be a problem I'm having more often than not, shooting from hand-held position. Any advice on that?
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What about using the 1/3 grid display, like this one on Walter's G1? Your camera must have it. It's a great help.


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Old Dec 10, 2009, 8:11 AM   #170
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Unfortunately my otherwise great A700 lacks Live View ; so it's just me and the viewfinder. I've heard that a grid viewfinder could be installed,but it would mean sending my camera to Sony for this 'repair'. It would be useful though and I'm considering it.

@ Bynx : the white line is a jet stripe from an airplane

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