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Old Jan 7, 2010, 6:43 AM   #1
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I've started to play around with HDR's and this is what I've come up with.
Please give me your thoughts as I'm still really novice with the whole photography thing and would like to know where I can improve.

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Old Jan 7, 2010, 7:55 AM   #2
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Just a little bit over saturated, but great picks indeed. I like #1 a lot.
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Old Jan 7, 2010, 7:56 AM   #3
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Someone familiar with HDR would know at a glance these are HDR. Anybody else would just think they are really good photos. To me the dark dirty clouds give it away, but for the balance of the shots -- excellent. The left shot I wouldnt change a thing. The middle one is perfect. You have nice detail in the water at the top as well as good detail on the underside of the large leaf. The lighthouse pic could use a bit of work. That dirty section in the middle area at the bottom of the white rectangles is the result of ...... ? Over doing it in Photomatix or whatever you used tends to make grey areas where there is white. So if you backed off the sliders a bit that might go away. I like every thing else. The composition, the tilt of the lighthouse and that evil looking cloud in bottom right. Now if we just had Captain Bob resting on the railing smoking his pipe.
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Maybe you have a liking for high contrast (as I do, I think) but all these pictures you took and edited are to me nothing less than perfect. They're great! But what do I know? If you are truly a novice as you say you are, then I am devastated...

Kidding aside, my guess is you are using Dynamic Photo HDR?

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Old Jan 7, 2010, 8:34 AM   #5
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Hi, Thanks to all of you for your compliments, comments and input.

@Bynx:
"That dirty section in the middle area at the bottom of the white rectangles is the result of ...... ?"
I used the cloning tool to clone out a big notice board and I agree it could use a little more work. I would like to use a gradient of some sort in the sky but am still learning how to do it. The "evil looking cloud" was also cloned as there was a bush in the low right corner which was very distracting.

@vvcarpio:
"my guess is you are using Dynamic Photo HDR? "
I'm indeed using HDR photos.

"If you are truly a novice as you say you are, then I am devastated..."
I bought my camera a year ago and took a lot of photos in the beginning. Just before my second son was born (in Aug 2009) I didn't took as much(except of my children), don't really know why???
But I'm really still in a big learning curve and would like to put in some more effort with my hobby.

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Old Jan 7, 2010, 10:19 AM   #6
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avatar i personally like each and everyone they are all fantastic HDR's each picture as its own mood and i love em i like the first the way the barb wire fence leads you into the image every looks great in this one to me would like to see a slightly bigger version ... the waterfall again the tree that runs across and the leaf are brill andfinally the lighthouse a good dark mood here maybe just a tad too much halo though?
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Old Jan 7, 2010, 11:52 AM   #7
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i really like the fence shot, its a great perspective and the fence gives it a nice line leading in. the waterfall is also pleasing, the hdr gives it good contrast and saturation.

the halo around the lighthouse distracts for me.
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Old Jan 7, 2010, 12:04 PM   #8
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I like the waterfall the best, absolutly lovely. The fence picture is also very good, I only have a problems with relating to the clouds, they look somewhat overdone to me.

As for the lighthous picture, I agree with what Bynx has pointed out. Whatever you do with it keep the evil looking cloud and colour, gives the picture a fantastic mood.
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The fence shot shows off HDR advantages best, I think.
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I agree with Bynx - I like the first two but don't like the halo around the lighthouse. It just looks over-processed to me, while the other two are much nicer. I also agree that the clouds are a bit strange, but that should be possible to correct - take the best clouds, put them on another layer and then blend them in. They are really good for first attempts.
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