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Sep 19, 2011 15:27 |  #1

Hello all. I looked back through my photos and took one, 3 shot, HDR pic and gave it three different treatments. I was hoping that everyone here might be able to C&C so that I can continue to build my photography skills.

A big thanks to Rod Lewis for providing his Tigercat, which is in immaculate condition, and a big thanks to the sunset for being some of the best lighting I've ever worked with :D

Here they are

1. A little more HDR-ish without getting ridiculous with the treatment

IMAGE: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6165/6163673223_f772777cda_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/wafp/6163673223​/  (external link)
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2. A softer, yet more vibrant treatment of the pic, and I think a bit sharper (go figure)
IMAGE: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6161/6164208524_6f1278d468_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/wafp/6164208524​/  (external link)
Tigercat HDR (external link) by WaFp (external link), on Flickr

3. My B&W conversion of the HDR pic. I call this my "Ode to Jay Beckman" treatment
IMAGE: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6175/6163634939_a22cfc5e1b_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/wafp/6163634939​/  (external link)
Tigercat HDR (external link) by WaFp (external link), on Flickr
*edited by doing a bit of "house cleaning" :)


4. A wider version of the same pic, using the same treatment as in #1
IMAGE: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6155/6163679617_6db06365d2_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/wafp/6163679617​/  (external link)
Tigercat HDR (external link) by WaFp (external link), on Flickr


Let me know what you think

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Sep 19, 2011 15:29 |  #2

I'm a devout worshiper of polished aluminum in black & white...

Only Nit: Your shadows are just a wee bit too dense (IMO) but that may be a My Monitor / Your Monitor thang.

(You probably already see them but you've got some major dustbunny cleanup that needs done due to the contrast in monochrome)


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Sep 19, 2011 16:07 |  #3

Thanks Jay, I thought I had cleaned up what I could. 5Dc and windy days at Reno = no bueno with the sensor. I'll go clean it up. hahaha


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Sep 19, 2011 19:39 |  #4

I like #1 personally but would love to have any of them .. ;)


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Sep 19, 2011 19:43 |  #5

I would buy any of these if i saw them in print


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Sep 19, 2011 20:25 |  #6

The B&W is © Me...  :p :lol:


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Sep 19, 2011 20:31 |  #7

I like number 2; it kind of looks like a very detailed illustration.


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Sep 19, 2011 20:44 |  #8

These are good looking HDRs! Technically #1 shows more detail, but I like the higher contrast in 2 & 3 better.


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Sep 19, 2011 20:54 |  #9

I saw the edit ok so here's a edit of #1 which I like best with some cloning out and USM 170 0.3 0

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Sep 19, 2011 22:13 |  #10

I actually like 3 the best, except the crop is too wide.

1, the highlights and mid-tones are hazy

2, the shadows are too dark.

3 has great colors, doesn't have that funny shadow on the main gear door and isn't hazy.




  
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Sep 19, 2011 22:50 |  #11

horse51 wrote in post #13129900 (external link)
I like #1 personally but would love to have any of them .. ;)

Thanks for the feedback, and it can be arranged :D

Doc Fluty wrote in post #13129916 (external link)
I would buy any of these if i saw them in print

Thank you for such a great compliment! And it could be arranged as well :D

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #13130140 (external link)
The B&W is © Me...  :p :lol:

HAHAHA! I am but the student :lol:

bcd01 wrote in post #13130175 (external link)
I like number 2; it kind of looks like a very detailed illustration.

Thank you, that was the effect I was aiming for

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These are good looking HDRs! Technically #1 shows more detail, but I like the higher contrast in 2 & 3 better.

Thanks. I was hoping for that distinction, #1 was the one where I wanted more detail, while the other two were more of a saturated/high contrast take on the original HDR

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I saw the edit ok so here's a edit of #1 which I like best with some cloning out and USM 170 0.3 0
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Really nice edit. All my work was done in LR3 with Photomatix as the HDR software. Did you edit the image in Photoshop?

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I actually like 3 the best, except the crop is too wide.

1, the highlights and mid-tones are hazy

2, the shadows are too dark.

3 has great colors, doesn't have that funny shadow on the main gear door and isn't hazy.

I agree with #1, not sure how to change that though. I was going for a more "moody" sky and shadow effect in #2, thus the darker shadows.


Thank you everyone for the compliments as well as the C&C


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Sep 19, 2011 23:02 |  #12

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HAHAHA! I am but the student :lol:

I'm just flattered that someone thinks I have a style...

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Sep 19, 2011 23:12 |  #13

Hey bud. My son and I both agree the b&w version are sick!


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Sep 19, 2011 23:20 |  #14

I like number 2 the best.

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Sep 20, 2011 00:29 as a reply to  @ Jon Foster's post |  #15

A super looking plane and great light. I really hope you don't mind but I thought I'd see if I could bring out a little more detail. I also opened up the underside of the wing and lightened the nose art a bit.

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