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Old Aug 8, 2011, 3:12 PM   #1
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Default Horseshoe Bend - HDR

HDR image, shot early morning in overcast with my Canon T2i and the EF-S 10-22. This is my first real attempt at HDR... so please be honest.
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Old Aug 8, 2011, 7:13 PM   #2
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Hi jbgarran

Nice contrast and the perspective is great. I think a slightly higher altitude / perspective might have accentuated it more... but you might have needed a helicopter for that

The colour of the river bend looks quite 'cyan'... that might be the colour that it was, but it almost looks a bit unnatural, I've not been there (but seen other photos of it).

I like that you have the cloud reflection in the river bend, that's a nice touch... and then in the distance the range and clouds there. Thanks for sharing.

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Old Aug 8, 2011, 7:59 PM   #3
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Very nice indeed! Thank you for sharing and welcome!
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Well here is proof of that old saying .... If you want to take better pictures point your camera at something more interesting. As for your HDR processing, its pretty difficult to comment on such strong colors because there is nothing "normal" about anything in the pic. Some parts seem to have too much magenta, or not enough cyan, and other parts seem to have too much yellow. Its a shot you cant ignore.
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I've noticed that some HDRs bring out the shadows and cut the highlights and make a wonderful image that could not be captured in any other way. And some make the colors so pronounced that it is more art than depiction. Some prefer one over the other - it's a personal preference.

Here's your photo with the saturation turned down, for comparison.
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Thanks for the input guys. I find that I tend to overly saturated my images in post processing and I've been working to balance that out a bit better. I like what you've done there iowa_jim, you have made it much more true to life than my "surreal" version.
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I've been going back and forth between the two pictures. I think both are impactful.

HDR, I guess, can be used different ways and can be used to increase impact.

jbgarran -- which version feels more like what it was like to be standing there?

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Composition is great, great use of the rivers shape but it seems to be a tab over processed.
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