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Sep 17, 2013 05:47 |  #1

Two photos from a trip to Northern Ireland recently.

HDR from three exposures. What do you think?

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Sep 17, 2013 07:10 |  #2

1) Yes
2) No


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Sep 17, 2013 07:30 |  #3

I quite like the first one, but can't help but feel that it'd work better in black and white, since the colours are a bit bland, but the shapes and contrast would lend themselves very well to a mono conversion. I'd consider painting out the shadow on the road though.

Personally I feel the second image's lack of contrast affects the tonal composition too much; as such, it's less effective than the first, since the definition of the trees' shapes is lost.


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Sep 17, 2013 09:15 |  #4

Great shapes to work with. In the second one the halo effect isn't good, so I would try to tone down the HDR.

The branches leading up are best shown in the first shot, but I get the feeling that it needs more of the road to feel 'grounded'. Perhaps a vertical format would work.


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Sep 17, 2013 12:17 |  #5

Been there before, great place to shoot when it's not crowded. Agree with the previous comment about more road, the location allows it and gives a great lead in. Also on a personal note, perhaps a either a bit more central or if your trying to keep away from the road being dead centre get more to the left or right, sort of looks just a bit off at the minute (like I say tho, that's a personal thing).


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Sep 17, 2013 15:51 |  #6

I've taken all your comments on board and made the following edits.

What do you think?

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Sep 17, 2013 15:59 |  #7

Nice
the B&W really works


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Sep 17, 2013 21:43 |  #8

I'm going in June 2014 I like the B&W


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Sep 18, 2013 01:11 |  #9

B/W works well, maybe darken the whole image to give a more foreboding feeling. Even adding a little ir.




  
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Sep 18, 2013 01:57 |  #10

time532 wrote in post #16305386 (external link)
I'm going in June 2014 I like the B&W

My advice is get there very early morning, for sunrise if possible. 2 reasons, 1: sunrise through the trees can be spectacular, and mainly 2: it will be quiet, throughout the summer it's wry busy with folk dandering about at their leisure on the road and will ruin your shots.


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Sep 18, 2013 04:01 |  #11

DarklingSmilie wrote in post #16305804 (external link)
My advice is get there very early morning, for sunrise if possible. 2 reasons, 1: sunrise through the trees can be spectacular, and mainly 2: it will be quiet, throughout the summer it's wry busy with folk dandering about at their leisure on the road and will ruin your shots.

Yep, there are lots of people for what is basically a tree lined road. There is a parking layby at the top of hill, but lots of cars still just stop at the side of the road.

Due to the Northern Irish weather, this was the only dry chance I had to visit so the sky was a bit boring. I'm sure a sunrise / sunset would be spectacular.


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