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Jul 23, 2010 05:44 |  #1

Just wanted to share not necessarily my first HDR, but the first one I feel turned out alright. It's the view over Mandelieu to Cannes.

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I probably should have taken a few more underexposed shots, there is quite a lot of detail missing in the clouds, but it was the end of the vacation and we had to leave that morning...

Ah well, I still kinda like it and any C+C would be greatly appreciated.

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Jul 23, 2010 08:22 |  #2

Nice shot - beautiful view. The foreground looks good with lots of detail and contrast, but you're right about the sky; a little washed out with the blown sun. You could make it pop a bit with some selective editing in Lightroom or PS.


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Jul 23, 2010 09:44 |  #3

Vroom_fondel wrote in post #10588214 (external link)
Just wanted to share not necessarily my first HDR, but the first one I feel turned out alright. It's the view over Mandelieu to Cannes.

I probably should have taken a few more underexposed shots, there is quite a lot of detail missing in the clouds, but it was the end of the vacation and we had to leave that morning...

Ah well, I still kinda like it and any C+C would be greatly appreciated.

Nice job.
The clouds is what I concentrate on for my shots. I try to maintain the detail and the maximum whites. I think you have done well given that you have a light source staring right at you.....might be asking too much of any high range software :). Try taking the lowest exposure RAW you have into Lightroom, lwer it again and see if you are missing that much detail ....then layer this again with your shot above.




  
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Jul 23, 2010 10:36 as a reply to  @ Spike44's post |  #4

Very good suggestions, thanks a lot!

I'll try whether I can further underexpose that one RAW file and see where it takes me. And maybe some dodging on the highlights afterwards...

I just hope that I'll find some time this weekend, the mother-in-law is visiting and demands to be entertained ;)


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Jul 23, 2010 12:28 |  #5

Very nice!


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Jul 24, 2010 00:17 as a reply to  @ crimsonblack's post |  #6

That was a really smashing moment and a damn good capture.
The haze in the air adds great depth as does the glare off the water and the mountains. Perhaps one darker exposure would put more detail in the opening in the clouds. But it works as is.


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Jul 24, 2010 05:27 as a reply to  @ tmcman's post |  #7

Great, I found some time this morning to dabble with the exposure values in DPP and had another go with Photomatix. I feel a bit ambivalent about the results. I did get extra detail in the clouds, lost some in the foreground of the picture but I am not so happy about the lighting "mood" of the scene. I just doesn't represent how the lighting felt that morning...

What do you guys think?

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I see that there is still a long way ahead of me understanding post processing.

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Jul 24, 2010 07:53 |  #8

Nice job on pulling the detail out of the clouds; the sky still looks flat though. I use Lightroom for the overwhelming majority of my PP. With about five mouse clicks I took your original photo and tweaked the sky and bumped up the overall exposure (hope you don't mind). I don't know if this is more of what you would like to see in this image, so just my .02.


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Jul 24, 2010 09:08 |  #9

Tiger_993 wrote in post #10594342 (external link)
With about five mouse clicks I took your original photo and tweaked the sky and bumped up the overall exposure (hope you don't mind). I don't know if this is more of what you would like to see in this image, so just my .02.

I don't mind at all, I really appreciate it. But the lighting and the colors on that morning was atypically for the region quite "muted" for lack of a better term. It was after a night of a massive thunderstorm and felt more like autumn than spring.

I'll see what I can improve in Aperture as soon as I've got some more spare time. Right now I need to keep my mother-in-law well fed and happy :D


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Jul 24, 2010 14:08 |  #10

I like the 2nd attempt better thent he first.




  
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