Round 3 Wrap-Up
Wow, I'm a bit overwhelmed with all the great edits. It was very hard deciding which submission would get the win. One thing that was a bit disappointing is that nobody attempted to add any clouds to the sky. I was playing around myself with this set and can post what that looks like, if there's any interest. But here's my wrap-up and decision. Understand that all comments are purely subjective and you all did fine work.
First, the original image and challenge
bumpintheroad wrote in post #17636879
If it is okay with everyone I'd like to do something a little different. I like the misty look of this sunrise scene but obviously in this SOOC image the sky is a bit bright and the foreground very dark. And the sky lacks drama. There's also some sensor dust visible. I shot three bracketed exposures, you can choose to work with one or HDR whichever you think work best. Here is the middle exposure:
The files are here: https://www.dropbox.com …WnMfoCkIJE83HI-MJFTa?dl=0
On one hand I like the crop, but on the other it seems to me it leaves too much empty sky. I'd have liked to see more recovery in the shadows.
Very nice. I like how the glow of the Sun's been emphasized and recovery of the shadow detail. The only thing that bothers me is all the foreground vegetation looks snowy. Admittedly it was early morning and everything was covered with dew.
I think I know where you were going with this edit but it's bit overdone for my taste. The orange highlights are a unique touch, but the sky has gone brown, at least on my monitor calibration.
Very nice! It's a bit too "crunchy," maybe cutting a bit down on the contrast and detail enhancement. But the thing that put me off was the glow around the edges. I don't use DPP so I don't know how to reduce that effect.
I really like this edit. Good job at recovering the foliage without completely blowing-out the Sun. If anything, I think it should be just a tad darker. But I really like this one.
At first I didn't like the crop. Then the more I looked at it, the more I liked it. Now I want to go back and shoot from further to the left so the Sun is closer to the trees. I do wish there was a bit more detail in the shadow though.
Wow! An impressive amount of work and it shows. I'd like to see this larger but for some reason I can't open it on Flickr.
IMHO, this is the perfect exposure adjustment except that the sun and surrounding sky is blown-out.
Very nice job for "not knowing where you were heading." I think you got the foreground exposure just about perfect but I don't like that huge washed-out sky around the sun or the color fringing around the trees on the left (probably due to wind moving the leaves between exposures).
As I said above it's so hard to choose "the best." But choose I must and so this week's challenge goes to Vertigo235:
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Congratulations Vertigo235 and please post a photo for round 4!