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Pete_VN52
10th November 2007, 01:54 PM
I think this one of the best photo's I've taken for a while. It was with an E400, a series of bracketed exposures merged in Photoshop with a bit of dodging and burning. I know it's all subjective, but I'd like to know what you all think about it, as it doesn't get many comments on Flickr.


http://farm1.static.flickr.com/207/468897672_e1658636f8.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pete_vn52/468897672/)

beardedwombat
10th November 2007, 02:38 PM
Very serene, the cloud formation balances the setting sun nicely. Well done.
Chris

swazon
10th November 2007, 07:02 PM
I love the way the cloud formations are detailed as well as the foreground.


How can this effect be achieved without post-processing?

Ian
10th November 2007, 07:56 PM
I think this one of the best photo's I've taken for a while. It was with an E400, a series of bracketed exposures merged in Photoshop with a bit of dodging and burning. I know it's all subjective, but I'd like to know what you all think about it, as it doesn't get many comments on Flickr.


http://farm1.static.flickr.com/207/468897672_e1658636f8.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pete_vn52/468897672/)

It would be nice to see a bigger version - the one posted is too small to convey the drama of the image in my view. Don't forget you have 10MB of storage on our gallery :)

Ian

Pete_VN52
11th November 2007, 08:33 AM
Thanks for the comments. :)
Here's a link to a bigger version (http://farm1.static.flickr.com/207/468897672_41d68c2470_o.jpg).

@swazon - I don't know how to achieve this without post-processing. You'd have to do some careful metering and make a compromise between the sky and the foreground. I think you'd still have to tweak it a bit though!

Magnumaniac
11th November 2007, 11:54 AM
Very nicely done - I assume using the HDR function in Photoshop. May I ask what settings you used for the bracketing - this is something I have yet to try (being fairly new to this game), so any advice would be good.

I have tried using a graduated ND filter to achieve similar effects, but in scenes like this one the sun is too low to the horizon for the grad ND to have much effect and I end up with a totally burned out section in the immediate vicinity of the sun - so bracketing and HDR would appear to be the answer (if I had the first clue where to start) :D

Ian.

yorky
11th November 2007, 03:02 PM
:)very good, the larger version shows it off much better

Pete_VN52
11th November 2007, 05:51 PM
@Magnumaniac - it was -1 stop, +1 stop and 0 exposure bias, all at f22 and then merge to HDR in photoshop. Would probably do 5 shots if I did it again, from -2, -1, 0, 1, 2. Even after all that, I darkened the sky a bit and lightened the foreground. Haven't got any ND Grads - they're on my christmas wish list!

Magnumaniac
11th November 2007, 09:52 PM
@Magnumaniac - it was -1 stop, +1 stop and 0 exposure bias, all at f22 and then merge to HDR in photoshop. Would probably do 5 shots if I did it again, from -2, -1, 0, 1, 2. Even after all that, I darkened the sky a bit and lightened the foreground. Haven't got any ND Grads - they're on my christmas wish list!

Thanks - I will have to try next time the opportunity arises. Being a bit of a novice when it comes to photographing subjects outside my normal comfort zone, I have been keeping things simple and not using extremes of aperture or bracketing - all part of the learning curve, I guess.

Now, where did I put that camera manual? ;)

Thanks again.
Ian.