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Old Jul 26, 2011, 8:13 PM   #1
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Default 2 days 2 shots of the great saltmarsh

Here are two images of the great saltmarsh, located in front of my neighborhood.

the 1st was taken yesterday morning, the 2nd taken about 20 minutes ago with the sky turning a rather fiery color. This is in advance of a fairly large storm heading our way and should be here within the hour.

Both taken with the E-30 + 12-60mm SWD. Each an HDR composite of 5 images with exp. bracketed @ .3



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What a change in the ambiant view of the same location. Nice captures of a lovely scene. Well done zig.
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A really interesting contrast between two nice shots. I'm going to have to pick your brain on HDR, some day when I upgrade. I don't 'think' the 500 will work, although I don't know why I say that.
I like the movement in the grasses on the second, prolly due to the longer exposures.

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gorgeous shots. really nice comp you set up for this 2 views of this location.
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Zig, great contrasting shots. From the looks, the second one is taken closer to sunset, I love the red to blue in the water.
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Hi All,

Thanks for all your very kind comments.

This is, perhaps, my favorite location to shoot. I've probably around 20 different images that I've kept and dozens more that I've discarded. All shot at various times of the year and time of day. The saltmarsh is always changing color throughout the season and gives me plenty of photo opps. As a bonus, the sun usually is setting right over the marsh as I'm looking west.

Last evening, I was watching the local weather report as they were discussing a band of strong storms including a couple of tornados that were occurring in the western part of the state. The weather front was heading our way. After dinner, I drove to the marsh and took the setting shots.

Luckily, by the time the front came by, it petered out and produced some showers.

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Excellent, Zig!
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I don't 'think' the 500 will work, although I don't know why I say that.
Sure it will, Ken - see page 83 of the manual for automatic exposure bracketing. But after that Zig is using a software app to combine the images (Photomatix, IIRC). Where his considerable skill comes into play is knowing how to tread lightly on the combination so you almost don't know its an HDR image. And of course, knowing how to choose and compose a good image in the first place.

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Sure it will, Ken - see page 83 of the manual for automatic exposure bracketing. But after that Zig is using a software app to combine the images (Photomatix, IIRC). Where his considerable skill comes into play is knowing how to tread lightly on the combination so you almost don't know its an HDR image. And of course, knowing how to choose and compose a good image in the first place.

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Hi Ted,

I use Photomatix Light for my HDR work. The cost is reasonable and the process is rather straightforward. And, I agree with you it takes a bit of time getting a feel for applying enough microcontrast and luminance adjustments
without "overcooking" the image.

The tendency for most users new to the HDR process, is to really juice up the
colors, saturation and contrast ending up with a garrish image. I was guilty of that as well.

I like to think that I've improved in that department so that the details of the landscape, sky and water are enhanced without looking artificial.

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Zig, for sure you have learned how to do it. I was never interested in HDR until you started showing that it could be done well.

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This is, perhaps, my favorite location to shoot. I've probably around 20 different images that I've kept and dozens more that I've discarded.
Landscape photography is my favorite so I've enjoyed the series of the marsh you've posted. Much better than an endless series of a fence that comes to mind.

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