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Old Jan 31, 2010, 10:12 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. Here's a couple of HDR's i took yesterday.

Let me know what you think:
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Old Feb 1, 2010, 12:39 AM   #2
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i think they are both great my only niggle is i would have liked to see more of the tractor
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Old Feb 1, 2010, 12:56 AM   #3
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the hdr looks great on the macro shot.

but yea, the tractor is a bit too tightly cropped, otherwise good.
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You tractor shot I like. It is the look most start off with. It looks more like a good painting than a photograph. Because of that I like it. If you can be consistant in this look it will make a nice portfolio. You will hear people say its too much and looks fake. Screw them and just do what you like. The only aspect of HDR that I dont like is heavy saturation of colors so they almost glow off the page. Your colors are good, with a slight softness to the edges. That could be fixed easy enough with Unsharp Mask. Your cropping isnt the best. It would be nice to see more of or all of the tractor. Your second shot reminds me of that old popular song "Im a Nut". Took myself to the show, Sat in the very last row. Got so fresh I slapped my face -- Im a nut. Dont worry it was funny way back when.
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Old Feb 1, 2010, 2:53 PM   #5
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thanks for the comments.

The softness to the edges are from when i re sized the photo i think. Its sharper on my laptop.

As for the cropping, the tractor pic wasn't cropped, i just didnt step far enough back. lol. It was more of a test because i have seen a bunch of photos similar to that one and i wanted to try.

I think i may have over saturated them a bit, and im looking for a good balance between the painted look, and realistic. I'll keep trying.

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I also like the tractor's HDR - it would be worth it to go back to it and re-shoot from further back so that the framing would be right. In my opinion it's one of the subjects that can look good with that "painterly" look, rather than the more photo look.

The macro is very good - a great idea (never thought of using HDR when it comes to macro, got to give that a try!). I always love shots like this, by the way, lots of detail and texture.
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