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Old Dec 15, 2009, 9:40 PM   #1
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I'd like your opinion on which photo you like best.
I'm testing my myself again so I want to know if my opinion is on par with others out there so, please pick the one you think looks best overall and if you feel like it go ahead and tell me why.
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Old Dec 15, 2009, 9:43 PM   #2
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I like #2. The first one has me stumbling around in the dark at the base of the image trying to see what's in there and distracting me away from the beauty in the top half.
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Old Dec 15, 2009, 10:50 PM   #3
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Well, the lower one is better, but still too dark in the foreground for me. This kind of shot makes me wish Pentax would have put in something like Sony's DRO (dynamic range optimization) in the K7, but if you had a K7, at least the HDR might have helped balance the lighting better. Still a nice shot, though.
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Old Dec 15, 2009, 11:22 PM   #4
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The shot needs a true HDR. While the lower one is better, it's still not what I would want. You might want to try a pseudo-hdr if the original was shot in raw. Then you'd have more leeway with bringing out the lighter parts as well as trying to recover some of the blown-out sky. But the scene has so much dynamic range that I'm not sure you'd be able to completely recover without a series of separate shots.
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Old Dec 16, 2009, 5:30 AM   #5
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i find if you shoot in raw you can do hdr pretty successfully with only one exposure - but anyway yeah no.2 is better - first one is just to dark
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Old Dec 16, 2009, 9:03 AM   #6
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I like the composition a lot. The S curve of the road is a nice leading line bringing your eye to the beautiful foliage above.

Try using the shadow/highlight tool in PS to lighten up the foreground.

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Old Dec 16, 2009, 10:04 AM   #7
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I agree with Harriet, HDR or a graduated neutral density filter is needed to take this shot.
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Here I used the graduated tint feature from Picasa 3 to simulate what a neutral density filter would do. Note that the result on this small file is not very accurate, and has some noticeable artifacts in the sky.
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Old Dec 16, 2009, 12:20 PM   #9
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I think a little cropping to reduce the dark area would help, plus lightning the shadow areas a bit. Here are a couple of tries from no.1.

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Hope you won't mind, but I took the liberty of trying the photo as a horizontal layout. I really can't explain my reasoning; it just felt to me like it should be a landscaape orientation. So I cropped out both the top and bottom, lightened the shadows a bit, and to bring out the fall foliage just a bit more, I boosted the saturation for the reds by about 10%. Personaly, I like it a bit more, but this is your photo, so you're the boss on this one!
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