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ewaizel
04-21-2014, 03:03 AM
HDR in action to capture this close to home


https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2906/13940624981_d9a57a1cd3_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/neTm88)

Mad Aussie
04-21-2014, 06:06 PM
A lovely scene and very nice composition. The HDR process here however does not appeal to me at all.

ewaizel
04-25-2014, 02:07 AM
Another one. I tried to remove the saturation a bit for those that don't enjoy the strong HDR effect. I can say in my case I like this process.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2902/14000032241_2d62086607_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nk8PQe)

Coquitlam River 3 (https://flic.kr/p/nk8PQe) by Enrique Waizel (https://www.flickr.com/people/77821403@N02/), on Flickr

Marko
04-25-2014, 08:16 AM
Really digging shot 2!!! I think I agree with MA here though.
I don't think it needs all the dressing, I'd love to see what it looks like naked.
(minimally processed or BW).

Let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone.
-L.Cohen

Renan Paiva
04-25-2014, 10:35 AM
Good shot, I like composition and texture ;)

christopher steven b.
04-25-2014, 02:30 PM
I definitely prefer the second shot, in part because of the change in composition and framing. But I also find the HDR process a little intrusive at times.

Mad Aussie
04-25-2014, 07:30 PM
I hope I didn't offend you EW.

I also used to play with HDR in this way. Here's a couple of examples from yesteryear (I won't post them as photos in here because it's your thread mate)

This one is totally devoid of shadows almost... something I thought cool at the time. However, shadows, and their lack of detail are actually as much of a scene as that which you can see. By removing the contrast in this fashion, we lose reality and our eyes know something is not right. For me, this is not a photo anymore... it's an image, a representation of a scene I once photographed.
http://www.photography.ca/Forums/show-your-photo-color-landscape-nature-flowers-mountains-storms-etc/3158-stony-creek.html

If you are keen, theres a heap in here from Western Australia a few years back, and there's many in here I'm embarrassed about these days. All but 1 or 2 I want to redo. Halo's and dirty looking skies abound. Shadows are lacking.
http://www.photography.ca/Forums/show-your-photo-color-landscape-nature-flowers-mountains-storms-etc/3809-fly-me-across-australia-2.html

In these I'd gotten a bit better I think at HDR and started to allow the shadows to remain to a point and started playing with softening effects. Closer to being a photo but still an image in my eyes.
http://www.photography.ca/Forums/show-your-photo-color-landscape-nature-flowers-mountains-storms-etc/5723-samford-creek-crossing.html

Many of the shots I post currently are actually HDR composites but most people don't pick it, or perhaps wonder in silence. A few, may be used to my style and are aware maybe. Not sure. In my latest post, The Carlotta Arch I think all the photos are composites but all are manually created without any HDR software. More time consuming often but the result is a more realistic to the eye scene I think.

Anyhow, I hope that helps to show I'm not against HDR as such, and I've been where you are right with it too.

Runmonty
04-25-2014, 09:35 PM
I prefer the 2nd shot here. I like the look of the rocks

I will confess to wavering on strong HDR. I used to be a fan, but I think strong HDR needs to be done for a purpose rather than for an effect for me appreciate it these days.

Comes back to personal preference I think.

I do know from personal experience that it is very easy to unintentionally go overboard with the process, and only when you look at it a week of so later you realise it.

ewaizel
04-26-2014, 12:08 AM
Very much appreciated MA! Agreed, some tools can be used but not to the extreme. I'm not offended at all. The opposite, I'm happy to get some good comments about my images. Keep the same spirit.

ewaizel
04-26-2014, 12:13 AM
Just to finish this thread, I'm including here two final images in BW. The 1st went through HDR (merged 3 images with different exposure). The second is just a single image processed to include some contrast. You can be the judge.
I'm open for more comments.



https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2910/14010890511_2fa1740158_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nm6tBM)Coquitlam River3 bw hdr (https://flic.kr/p/nm6tBM) by Enrique Waizel (https://www.flickr.com/people/77821403@N02/), on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7002/13990965706_5f386ef069_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/njkmEE)Coquitlam River3 bw (https://flic.kr/p/njkmEE) by Enrique Waizel (https://www.flickr.com/people/77821403@N02/), on Flickr

Mad Aussie
04-26-2014, 02:07 AM
As B&W... I think I can go either way on these.

Hillbillygirl
04-30-2014, 06:08 AM
Another vote for #2 and also the HDR is a little harsh for my liking on a scene such as this, BUT, in art, it is in the eye of the creator, first and foremost, on what they want to portray. If you were trying a little bit of a heavy hand at hdr I would say you executed this shot VERY well.