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Old Feb 2, 2012, 9:25 AM   #1
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This is the picture that convinced me that I could manage to get something I liked with HDR, been frustrated lately as so many come out either looking harsh, fake when I don't want them to be, or just look strange. It was taken not all that long after first light. If you exposed for the sky and lights on the pier, the foreground would be completely black, so HDR was necessary. I took this from a tripod (necessary - one of the exposures was 30 seconds) and I think it was a series of 5 exposures, with 2 stops between frames. I didn't bother processing the middle frame, though I could if someone needs to be convinced that the scene was beyond the capability of a camera sensor to capture.

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Old Feb 2, 2012, 9:36 AM   #2
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In my opinion, this is a great job and not overdone !
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Perfect timing. Perfect exposures. Perfect everything. Nice shot and pp!
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Old Feb 2, 2012, 11:11 AM   #4
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You nailed it!
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Old Feb 2, 2012, 1:37 PM   #5
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very nice well done
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Old Feb 2, 2012, 9:43 PM   #6
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Thanks, glad that others like this one, too. I'm very happy with it (for once).
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Old Feb 6, 2012, 10:12 AM   #7
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Leads you right into it...excellent shot...feast for the ole eyes!
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Old Feb 6, 2012, 6:36 PM   #8
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That is a very pretty capture. Not overcooked, very natural and the framing and composition draws you into the image.

Thanks for sharing as well as taking the time to explain the process and your well reasoned approach .

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Old Feb 29, 2012, 4:40 PM   #9
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Awesome HDR. There is no need to justify using HDR. When done right, like this one, it makes a very powerful statement.
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So subtle, I wouldn't have thought it was an HDR at first glance. Perfect.
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