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Old Sep 22, 2010, 7:48 AM   #1
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Elks-Brox Memorial Park in the city of Port Jervis, NY, offers a bird’s eye view of the city and the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Port Jervis is situated at the edge of New York State that borders with the two states. If you stood at the small tri-state monument in Port Jervis you'd be standing on all three states at the same time. (We didn't go there, but next time we will.)

#1) Elks-Brox Memorial Park. It is so named because Elks was the charitable organization that turned it into a public park in 1911 and Brox was the brother-in-law of a philanthropist who made substantial contributions in 1934 to the park's improvement.

An obelisk in the horizon marks the highest point in New Jersey.


#2) Looking south towards New Jersey.


#3) Looking west towards Pennsylvania. The Delaware River separates the states of New York and New Jersey on one side and the state of Pennsylvania on the other side.


#4) Picnic tables with fixed barbecue occasionally dot the roadside on the way to Elk-Brox Memorial Park.


#5) A short drive up Route 97 outside Port Jervis is Hawk's Nest, a popular highway for sightseers. It features a highway hugging the side of a mountain and a 100 foot plunge into the Delaware River below were rafters, canoers, and kayakers can be seen.


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Elks-Brox Memorial Park in the city of Port Jervis, NY, offers a bird’s eye view of the city and the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Port Jervis is situated at the edge of New York State that borders with the two states. If you stood at the small tri-state monument in Port Jervis you'd be standing on all three states at the same time. (We didn't go there, but next time we will.)

#1) Elks-Brox Memorial Park. It is so named because Elks was the charitable organization that turned it into a public park in 1911 and Brox was the brother-in-law of a philanthropist who made substantial contributions in 1934 to the park's improvement.

An obelisk in the horizon marks the highest point in New Jersey.


#2) Looking south towards New Jersey.


#3) Looking west towards Pennsylvania. The Delaware River separates the states of New York and New Jersey on one side and the state of Pennsylvania on the other side.


#4) Picnic tables with fixed barbecue occasionally dot the roadside on the way to Elk-Brox Memorial Park.


#5) A short drive up Route 97 outside Port Jervis is Hawk's Nest, a popular highway for sightseers. It features a highway hugging the side of a mountain and a 100 foot plunge into the Delaware River below were rafters, canoers, and kayakers can be seen.


Thank you for looking. C&C welcome.

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All are great photos. You must have worked hard with this one, with an excellent result. Not easy with that sky light, very strong light albeit the clouds. Close to the gamut and the dynamic range of the eyes, trying to find details and colour in the darker areas.

Also a clever composition with two diagonals crossing each other ; forming an X-shape

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I had to smile at your comment because I did -- it was very tedious to line up the clouds across 5 shots in DPHDR that I was wondering if I should have just worked with 1 RAW image for the sky. Thanks a lot, Torgny.
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I added a comment on the composition. Myself I try to achieve similar results without merging. It's hard.

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All nice shots but they look a bit over-sharpened on my display. Especially #5.
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1, 2 and 3 would do very well with a 3 stop hard graduating cokin filter to let the foreground expose better against the sky.
http://darwinwiggett.wordpress.com/2...-filter-video/

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I didn't see the x-form before. Thanks, Torgny.

Thanks, Martin. I used a different Topaz Adjust preset on the picture below. Also, I didn't sharpen as much in PSE7. I'll continue to make tweaks to my sharpening as there are a number of possible combinations. After working with the sliders for too long, I sometimes have to step away (go to the bathroom or make coffee) and look again to see the difference.

Thanks for reminding me about the graduating filter. I didn't think of that, especially since during pp I was having real difficulty making the foreground clearer and brighter.

#6) A portion of County Route 97 at Hawk's Nest. The water was clear, the air fresh, and the weather fine. It was a good day to be out. Indeed, many were.
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On the first 3 I think you over-emphasized the sky/clouds at the expense of the land areas and structures. But, maybe that was your intent.
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I actually wanted the foreground to be brighter. I thought I did (they look great on my Blackberry's tiny screen, IMO) but looking at my office monitor they're still dark. When I was doing this, I remember when I brightened the sky and the foreground each to my liking, I noticed a thin, unnatural band where the sky met the horizon and was unable to get rid of it without making both sky and foreground darker than I wanted. Adjusting feathering didn't seem to help. I'll have to revisit my techniques.

Meanwhile, below is a simple brightness-slider adjustment with different brightness values for the sky and foreground.

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Shot 6 is the one for meeee, Love the windy road alongside the river taking me away into the hills on my vacation, I'm in a big Winnebago, its 36 degrees, the Eagles are playing on the radio, left my cel phone at home and theres a whole month to take in the scenes and smells, Oooo yeaaaaa, smoke me a Kipper. Brilliant,
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