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Old Nov 2, 2009, 8:07 AM   #1
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Old Nov 2, 2009, 8:37 AM   #2
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Id like to see the same shot with the sun to the far left so the treeline would not be in shadow. I used Highlight/Shadow to give some detail to the shadow area and also added some detail to the highlight area. (Shadows brighter, Highlights darker)
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Old Nov 2, 2009, 8:56 AM   #3
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I think I can manage the changes you mention. I also forgot to post the original, middle-exposure picture before running it through HDR, which should have more of the hidden detail you mention. I'll try it a bit later.

Thanks a lot, Bynx!

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BTW, that's my teenage son bored while my wife and I took photos at FDR State Park in Hyde Park, NY. I plan to use this photo one day, maybe order a coffee table book from blurb.com.

I forgot to add, your edit already looks good as it is, even without access to the original.

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I prefer your darker sharper foreground. It was just the shadowed tree I wanted to see more of. The last shot looks pretty soft. Making it HDR brought it back to life nicely. A nice peaceful spot.
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Old Nov 2, 2009, 12:40 PM   #5
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Thanks, Bynx!
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Old Nov 3, 2009, 11:25 AM   #6
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I managed to bring some detail to the trees by manually selecting an area at a time then playing around with highlights, midtones, saturation, and shadows. I used the mammoth original files where hopefully there was more information.

There are however large swathes of mostly black patches and increasing highlights or midtones and whatnot only brings out pixels -- looks like there's nothing there so I let them stay dark.

I also brought out some sharpness on my son's image. I think it's overdone but I can change it later.

I think this is much improved over my first HDR. Thanks again, Bynx!

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That last one, in #6, has got the punch it needs in them trees - great picture. Well done PP.
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That last one, in #6, has got the punch it needs in them trees - great picture. Well done PP.
Thanks Walter S!

I thought the title for this shot might be, "The Sun on My Son". Not that it makes any meaningful sense...
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Old Nov 3, 2009, 3:05 PM   #9
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Or maybe, "The Sun Of My Son Is Not My Grandsun", which is probably terribly worse...
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hahaha I like your titles. I also like your final rendition. As Walter says, the punch in the trees is a lot better now.
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