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 Post subject: HDR Landscapes
PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:02 pm 
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Hi folks. It's been a while since I last posted any pics. College and life has kind of gotten in the way of getting "out there", as it were. Anyway, I have been able to experiment more with Photoshop and I'm pretty pleased with some of the results.

These are still a bit on the dark side, you might want to turn down the ambient lighting. This lighting element has been a constant thorn in my side. I get a lot of feedback that the images are too dark and I've tried in the past to compensate. Trouble is, then I don't like it. And that's pants! Lol.

Anyway, check these out and let me know if things are getting better. More importantly, let me know where I can improve.

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The top image is Glen Coe, Scotland. HDR again I'm afraid. I think more subtley done this time. The second image is the village of Glamis - aye HDR - just about six miles from here. Glamis is more famous for it's castle but the village itself is lovely. Glamis has a slight vignette which looks a bit odd against a white background but looks superb ( to my mind at least) against black. I use the full res version as a desktop.

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Hmm Zorro: To my eye this is excellent as ever, perhaps a bit more colorful than some of your earlier images.
I wouldn't bother making those brighter, I love them dark as they are :!:
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Btw: So Glamis is no HDR?

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Glamis is HDR. Glad you like them mate. I like Glen Coe especially.

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Ah, I interpreted your "It's not HDR either" as that there must be one other pic that is not HDR too :?
Yes the Glen Coe is beautiful, esp. the sky and clouds. Where does the red in the foreground come from?

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I'm using the Nik Color Efex 3.0 plug-in for Photoshop CS3 and it has a setting called Indian Summer. It looks good eh?

BTW - I see Nik have now incorporated u-point technology into it's Color Efex plug-in. It works so well I don't use Capture NX at all now. Viveza is just the icing on the cake. Are you using any of these products? You should give them a go and see what you think.

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Thanks but no thanks: I'm having my hands full with learning CaptureNX and Lightroom still 8)

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 Post subject: Re: HDR Landscapes
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zorro wrote:
... Enjoy...

I did, particularly the first two. The HDR king is back. 8)

Oh yes, and photographs can be art as I think you've just demonstrated. :!:

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Just seem them on Flickr - Great work, like bob said, the HDR kind is most certainly back =D

<3 the second one =D

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i love the darkness, yet colorfulness of the pics, hopefully i can produce scenes like this as soon as my camera arives! ....stupid snail mailing, 3-5 WEEKS!?!

anywho, i love HDR and have started playing with pics that i already have on various programs...ranting, /slapself...

great work!


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Incredible! I like the dark-ish look to them.


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Very nice! I like your HDR's very much. They seem almost unreal...

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Glad you all like them. It's always worth keeping old photos as my editing abilities are increasing and making previously border-line shots more viable.

On that note I went to check out some shots from our trip last year to Corsica. Guess what? Gone! I lost them in my last OS re-install. Damn, I thought I had everything backed up...twice. My better half says she remembers me handing her a disc and telling her to guard it with her life. Maybe the originals are on that disc. When we do eventually find it I'll let you all know.

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Uh-oh, bad luck Zorro :shock:
Hope you can retrieve them :!:
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Does this mean you're doing single shot HDRs of old images or polishing old exposure bracketings in HDR, or just "dramatizing" single shots with other means???

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Thomas wrote:
Uh-oh, bad luck Zorro :shock:
Hope you can retrieve them :!:
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Does this mean you're doing single shot HDRs of old images or polishing old exposure bracketings in HDR, or just "dramatizing" single shots with other means???


No mate, they're all genuine HDR's, using multiple genuine exposures. Doing it from a single exposure doesn't really work, despite what some say. I do prefer to take more than just three exposures but this depends on my having my tripod with me. I can just about get by hand-holding three exposures but anything more and I need help.

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Zorro wrote:
...and I need help

Hehe, the "Dark Lord of HDR" needs help :roll:
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Do you find that Photoshop yields better results for HDR or are you using a PhotoMatix plug-in now?

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