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Old Aug 2, 2011, 4:53 PM   #1
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Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey, WA.


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Thanks for looking. C & C always welcome

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Old Aug 2, 2011, 4:59 PM   #2
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Nice but it looks like a computer generated image from a PC game!
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I haven't played with HDR yet... I think it looks neat. But, Koolpc is right, it looks like it isn't real. But it's a great shot!
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Thanks for looking and commenting Koolpc & jeanniebug. The painted look is what I was actually going for on this. So thanks for letting me know I got it right
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With the greyness of the sky and the effect on the white walls I think this might look good as a B&W.
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Old Aug 2, 2011, 11:58 PM   #6
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The painted look is what I was actually going for on this. So thanks for letting me know I got it right
Well there ya go! You nailed it!
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Old Aug 8, 2011, 7:15 PM   #7
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Hi mugmar

An interesting picture and subject.

As you wanted that painted / computer generated effect, it's a successful outcome for you.

Personally I prefer most photos - including HDRs - to be as natural as possible (as the native eye sees it).

The halos (eg near the tree) and patchy white on the building are a bit distracting for me.

The subject (beautiful looking building in a scenic setting) are nice!

Thanks for sharing.

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Old Aug 10, 2011, 6:31 PM   #8
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Thanks for the critique, Paul I'll see what I can do to fix the halos
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Old Aug 13, 2011, 9:26 AM   #9
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Firstly: Nice shot.
On the "compter generated style". Well, that really shows how good "pixar" and friends have got!
Yes, the "low contrast" is similar to old PC games.
That's my problem with HDR, and why (so far) I have not posted one.
My NEX reports an HDR + a "middle exposure". So far I have always liked the "standard" middle exposure the best, due to the higher contrast.
So maybe what would be needed (if someone wanted to make the shot more natural) is the use of a smaller exposure range for the HDR? I plan to try that myslef, remove the "auto setting" and try manual with minimal shot-to-shot changes.
Other possible softening issues are: pixel alignment in the merge, either by camera shake (even wind on a tripod) or other merge algorithm artifacts, which can make HDR "creamy" looking.
Another possibility is that additional color saturation would help? Not sure.
Overall: I'm not complaining about this shot, and would love to have taken it. I would have liked to see the same shot with a narrower bracketed HDR, as my preference would be a more natural look.
If this is "out of camera" HDR, maybe you can bias the processing to slightly higher contrast, maybe show us what the regular shot would be for comparison?
Finally: Based on your comments, it does look like you got the image you wanted in the first place
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Hi Snap,
thanks for your comments. Here is a quick & dirty copy of the middle exposure. The shot was a 1.5,0,-1.5 for the HDR. Then processed manually in Photomatix pro.

Not to sure what Pixar has to do with this shot though, or "low contrast" to me this is not a low contrast image. Anyway thank for you comments, you've given me some more things to consider as I experiment with HDR
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