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Old Jun 3, 2010, 3:53 PM   #1
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Default My First HDR, Reflection in Kilkenny

This is in the river right next to Kilkenny Castle in Kilkenny, Ireland. This is my first ever HDR image, taken with a T2i and Tokina 11-16mm, processed with Photomatix.



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Old Jun 3, 2010, 4:25 PM   #2
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I think the HDR processing is not bad for a first attempt although it does have that characteristic smoky look I see in a lot of Photomatix pictures. It would be nice to see a bit more detail brought out in the houses further down the bank as that's where my eye is drawn.

Compositionally, I think I'd crop a bit off the bottom and right - to get rid of the grey cloud reflection and the scaffolding.

Finally it looks a bit soft possibly from the resizing to post here - you might want to sharpen it a little to restore the crispness.
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Here's a second HDR I tried using your suggestions. I tried to process it a bit brighter, cropped out the scaffolding/cloud, added some brushed exposure to the houses in the back, and sharpened a bit after exporting.

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Much better I think. Just a bit of a halo round the trees in the distance so you maybe needed to mask the sky before you brushed the exposure on the trees/houses. Could you also post the middle exposure for comparison?
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Here you go. It's not as dramatic of a change as I initially thought it would be, but I do think it's a nice improvement.

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i even noticed the couple on the left handside in your second version missed them in the first
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Your second attempt strikes the better balance IMO. Nice subject and composition
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Second one is the best, everything is perfectly exposed. The clouds are not bright white and have all of their detail, while the houses and water are a perfect reflection.
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