View Full Version : Another Sunset On the Bow River and Another HDR

01-12-2010, 12:34 AM
A better day all round. The sunset was better, my photos were sharper.
The mountains are peeking through the clouds to the west and if you look for it , you can see a magpie's nest. (or is it a raven's?)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4022/4268209270_5fa29e1b8e_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jas_photos/4268209270/)

And dammit, I like those highrises in the background. :)

01-12-2010, 12:47 AM
I like the scene and composition in this one, but I'm not sure that HDR was the medium; I think perhaps this would have been more effectively executed using a couple of stops of G-ND to enhance the sky as well bring out a little more shore detail.

01-12-2010, 01:05 AM
I quite like this indeed; it's moody - has a good lookin sky with some nice contrasty branches, some city and buildings in the bkgd for juxtaposition. Interesting composition. It's working for me! :highfive:

I do like and agree with T.I. increasing shore detail comment. There's more detail you can bring out in the grass below the trees. I think you could also go a bit lighter in most of the foreground as well. Not too much - maybe 15%-20%..

These are minorish tweaks for me tho - well done!
Hope that helps - Marko

Mad Aussie
01-12-2010, 04:20 AM
And dammit, I like those highrises in the background. :)
Don't worry ... I didn't mind them either ;)
This is a nice shot!!

EDIT : Ooops it's a critique photo. Lets see .... nup ... I got nothing ... I like this just the way it is. Any more detail in the shadows will ruin the twilight feel you've captured.

01-12-2010, 01:44 PM
Thanks, M.A.!

01-13-2010, 12:56 PM
Here is a reworking of the photo with the levels pulled up a bit more to show more detail:

01-13-2010, 01:09 PM
I have a little question regarding the histogram when working with the hdr's. If you take the colorcast out of the photo using the eyedropper tool, you always end up with a crazy overworked histogram. So what to do?

Mad Aussie
01-13-2010, 02:31 PM
Ignore it. With a photo that size your eye can see what it needs to :)

01-13-2010, 07:49 PM
Although I like the lightened version on screen, after a test print of both I find the darker one is nicer. Much less blueness to it.

01-14-2010, 01:38 PM
My last edit here, I promise.


I think I prefer this or the very dark one.

01-14-2010, 02:05 PM
Just a suggestion. Instead of bringing back the detail,,why don't you take it all out? More of a silouette all along the tree, the bush and even the bridge/city.

Not to sure how it would look but I've done that before.

Mad Aussie
01-14-2010, 02:31 PM
That last one just looks washed out. I favoured the shadows.

01-14-2010, 04:29 PM
My fave is the second one (post 6)

01-14-2010, 07:42 PM
Ok, I said no more edits but I can not let it go. I think I found an edit that works, at least I am happy with it now.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4015/4275240976_702579b6fc_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jas_photos/4275240976/)

Mad Aussie
01-14-2010, 07:52 PM
I almost commented earlier that a blend between the frist two with some desaturation of the blues would be what I'd do ... and it looks like you've done just that. Nice!

Mad Aussie
01-14-2010, 07:54 PM
I've adjusted my nomination to show this latest version. :)

01-15-2010, 08:46 AM
I like the first image the best.I think it is more dramatic.

01-15-2010, 12:18 PM
Thanks M.A. I eneded up just doing a 12% dodge on the bushes in the foreground and the city /bridge line on the original.

01-15-2010, 01:35 PM
Well done raiven:highfive:

01-21-2010, 03:49 PM
Loved it, kinda interesting colours you have here.