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Old Sep 3, 2009, 10:14 AM   #1
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Exposure time: 4 seconds, F used F5.6.

I like my pictures sharp, but after looking at it and because of the traffic light on the left I thought that while focusing on the towers, using F2.8 may give me a soft foreground and a better picture.

The best point of view for the composition would be the middle of the road
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Old Sep 3, 2009, 10:46 AM   #2
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This is where HDR would have come in handy.
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Old Sep 3, 2009, 2:08 PM   #3
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This is where HDR would have come in handy.
Bynx, I'm not looking to learn High dynamic range post processing. I have got a good camera with good optics, I want to get good results from it straight.

Getting great HDR processed photos I can do with any good P&S camera.
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Well if this pic is an example of good results, I suggest you clean your glasses and look again. The top half is fine but the bottom half is way over exposed. No matter how good your camera and optics are, they will never match your eye. Or at least my eye. I dont know about yours.
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Bynx, many thanks, that's the critique I am looking for. I thought of cropping the bottom and the traffic light but I have decided to keep it as scenery.

I agree that the bottom is over exposed, that is something to think about.
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Sorry, I got my feathers ruffled. It irks me when people look away when there is something new in front of them. I think HDR is something absolutely incredible and a boon to photography and photographers everywhere no matter what or how good their equipment is. Im a firm believer that the camera is a tool in a box full of tools that will end up producing an image that is anything from straight out of the camera to having been worked on a lot producing a straight forward photo to a great piece of artwork. The choice being that of the photographer. I still think that had you taken a few shots and at least tried this as an HDR you might have been surprised at the results. And left us as equally pleased.
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What about masking off the bottom and then darkening the car lights? Use to work in the old darkrooms.
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try adding a little shapness and dropping the gamma and play with the contrast

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... I have got a good camera with good optics, I want to get good results from it straight.

Getting great HDR processed photos I can do with any good P&S camera.


...and you can always get better hdr pictures with your good camera and good optics ; )
LOL! If they had thought the way you do now, transition from copper plates to negatives, freeing the photographer from the constraints of the ' already good' equipment thanks to the combination printing technique, wouldn't have been firmly welcomed a hundred and fifty years ago.

Btw, while quite appreciating Simple's edit above, I also think you might consider clonning out the traffic light pole.
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WTF! You're a magician or what? How did you get rid of that pole?
I like simple's light and bahadir act of magic. Best of both worlds!
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