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Old Apr 21, 2010, 10:54 AM   #11
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Problem is that you begin with a very difficult shot. Shooting the sun is not a piece of cake! Anyway here's a quick try with your first pick. Changed colors, applied unsharp mask and denoised (Neat Image) in Photoshop Elements 8:

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Thank you for the replies..
mtngal, hopefully one day I get the same PP knowledge as you do...your tips are always very practical, my gratitude for that.
Ordo, I did not know shooting (into) the sun was so difficult... most of the times when I see HDR pictures i really like, the sun is involved in the photo somewhere. Therefore I tried to shoot some pictures 1,5 hours before sunset. this might not have been the best/sharpest picture I took yesterday.. but I mostly liked it because of the composition.
Your fixed version of the photo already looks a lot better. Thank you!

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Old Apr 21, 2010, 3:40 PM   #13
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This is the first time I tried HDR....


I think you did rather well, considering this is your first HDR. I like the motive, the scene, the mood and the composition. The perspective is great with the narrowing road and the 3 windmills.

It's not perfect - but which photo ever is...? That is where learning comes into the equetion. We make mistakes - we learn!

It's soft all over, but this might have something to do with the upload on this server. Try again, but keep the longest side under 1024 pixels (not 1024 pixels (like it is now), but under (less!) 1024 - try 1000pixels.

Because the server-software will reduce the photo when it is 1024 and over.


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Old Apr 21, 2010, 5:47 PM   #14
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Yes Walter... that's exactly why I wanted to post my picture here. I know it is far from perfect, but since I still have so much to learn it's great to get feedback and tips from more experienced photographers. And once I get to master some PP techniques also I might be able to make to photo's just a bit better.
Here's the picture again in 1000 pixels..
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Old Apr 21, 2010, 9:44 PM   #15
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Hey I live in Canada and I had a pair of wooden shoes. I still have them and they still fit. I have to be careful of woodpeckers and termites.
To low for the wood peckers but the termites may be with in... LOL
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...Here's the picture again in 1000 pixels..
Yes - and you see how much the IQ has improved compared to the first one? It is much more sharp now. So, lesson learned. Try to fool the software - which is set to >1024p (that means 1024 and more...) and only load up pictures mith a maximum length of 1023 pixels - because if it is 1024pixels and over that measurement - the sofware kicks in and downseizes it. It doesn't matter that it downsizes it again to 1024pixels, because the damage has already been done to the picture.

I might be wrong, but that's how it seems.......
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Thanks for the tip.. I'll keep it in mind when posting photo's here at Steve's
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If any one of us was there looking at the scene into the sun, Im sure it would look exactly as we see it here. Very nice job. As noted we should be careful about commenting about the softness of a shot. Often its a problem created by the server here.
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Thank you Bynx, it is much appreciated. Luckily now I know I should always upload less than 1024 pixels to give the fairest representation of the shot.
When the sky is good I will go back there and try to make more and hopefully better shots.
I learn everyday so hopefully it also shows in the photo's
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Significant difference with the resized one, better sharpness. Out of curiosity, what did you use for the HDR part of it?
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