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Feb 26, 2012 15:36 |  #1

Been playing around recently trying to put some more artistic flair into some of my HDR images. Started with an HDR out of HDR Efex pro and then played with some vivid light/hard light and soft light layers. Lots of fun with a graphics tablet!

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Feb 26, 2012 19:58 |  #2

i think it's great, nice job!


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Feb 26, 2012 20:02 |  #3

I love the composition and the subject matter, but the lighting effects lose me pretty quick.


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Feb 26, 2012 22:11 |  #4

Very nice , is that fog in the BG ?




  
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Feb 27, 2012 01:21 |  #5

michaelnel wrote in post #13972231 (external link)
I love the composition and the subject matter, but the lighting effects lose me pretty quick.

Yeah,same here.


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Feb 27, 2012 02:36 as a reply to  @ whoty's post |  #6

Thanks for the critique guys - appreciate it. I realise this will not be to everyones' tastes but I was looking for a way to give my images a particular look and more importantly have fun while doing it as I have been experiencing a little slump recently.

Where I am in the UK, we are blessed with eternal grey skies during the winter which I find difficult to like and integrate into my landscape pictures. I wanted a way where no matter what the lighting conditions, I could "make my own light" and add character to the scene. I have been experimenting with placing flashes in a scene and lighting different areas but I am finding it hard going - perhaps that method is just not me.

However finding HDR efex pro and this technique, I have fun and want to start on the next image - it makes me want to go out and find more raw material - something I haven't felt for quite a while.

This is the second image I have treated this way and while I'm happy with the look, there are definite improvements I can make. For example I'm not so sure about the way I've highlighted the ropes at the bottom of the image and the transition from highlighted steps to dark railings on the right leaves a lot to be desired. But these things I reckon I can fix with practice.


Ron - no, its not fog but the addition of a lightly hand-brushed hard-light layer over the image. It does two things, one is to break up the monotonous grey slab of the sky with almost fake light beams and two, it also introduces a little bit of a fog/haze which you can see. I think its worked particularly well over the lighthouse as it gives it a little more depth (to me anyway). Also, if I want a particular part of the image to "pop" I can just remove the hard-light and it makes the area stand out a little more - e.g. the boat and steps which is what I wanted the viewer to concentrate on. The guy in the background was a bit of an accident but I like how it now looks as though he's the one that's missed the tide (or is waiting for it).

For comparison I have included below the starting HDR out of HDR Efex Pro and one of the normal exposures from the set.

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