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Old May 24, 2012, 8:02 PM   #1
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Default HDR Sunsets - the natural approach

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Last month I went for a drive about an hour and a half away from where I live (south of Adelaide, South Australia), to some of my favourite local beaches.

I can get to a beach in about 20 minutes - which are nice 'city' beaches - flat, safe, cafes on shore, etc. But the beaches I visited away from the city are more rugged, and from a landscape perspective have more interesting scenery.

My preferred outcome for all photography is to look as natural as possible (ie - how it looks to my eye). This is particularly why I do enjoying HDR for landscape photography - to preserve details in both the shadows and highlight areas of the photo, without 'overbaking' the process.

These 2 HDR images were compiled from photos were taken in low light, with the sun already below the horizon, and the autumn sky descending into darkness.

#1 This first photo I really like because of the amazing pink vs blue contrast. Yes, the sky really was that vivid!
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This photo shows the 'due west' (sky where the sun had set some time before). I like the varying hues and brightness of orange in the sky, with the foreground, mid-ground and 'further toward the horizon' details of the pebbly beach, rocks and coastal arms.

It was a deliciously warm balmy autumn evening. I went swimming after taking these photos... the water was beautifully clear, warm and relaxing! (thankfully no sharks got to me )

3 photos per HDR, taken using my Manfrotto tripod, Sigma 10-20mm lens on my Canon 7D.

I look forward to your comments / feedback! Thanks in advance.

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Excellent,natural looking HDR's- well done...
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Many thanks Simon40

I do appreciate that you stopped to look, and also left your kind comments.

Have a good day.

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I think the first photo is one of the best HDR photos I've seen. The colours are superb especially the reflections of the sunset on the rocks.
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Yes, this is the way I like HDRs to be. The technique supports your vision, it doesn't replace your vision.
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Nice natural looking ...
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I think the first photo is one of the best HDR photos I've seen. The colours are superb especially the reflections of the sunset on the rocks.
Hi Mito

Thanks for such a kind compliment on these photos.

I'm glad that you like the 1st photo in particular. I was thankful to be at the right place at the right time to capture those colours.



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Yes, this is the way I like HDRs to be. The technique supports your vision, it doesn't replace your vision.
Hi Barbarian

I appreciate your post... and particularly like the wording you wrote "The technique supports your vision, it doesn't replace your vision". That's a good way of expressing it.

Thanks for stopping by, and I'm glad you like HDRs being this way too.

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Hello Mainak

Thank you for appreciating these HDRs. It's good when what I've wanted to convey (nice, natural HDR landscapes) have been realised and enjoyed.

Have a good day.

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