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Quiet Dusk - trying out hdr!

With very flat late afternoon light over Shustoke Reservoir, near Coleshill, Warwickshire, a 'straight' photo seemed to have no impact, so tried a three exposure hdr on the E-PL5. With little or no experience of using hdr, the result seemed worth the effort (although the framing was better on the 'straight' shot). Any views on the hdr effort appreciated.

Quiet Dusk hdr M1187258 9 0 hdr1sm by Preselector, on Flickr.
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Re: Quiet Dusk - trying out hdr!

Interesting shot Martin. It's quite simple as you said but the HDR has given it a very delicate feel I like a lot. For me I'd have cropped the sky somewhat to make it more rectangular in shape, putting the horizon on the top thirds line. That gets rid of those stray branches on the top left too.
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Re: Quiet Dusk - trying out hdr!

Thanks Phill; that's helpful. I'm not sure why I didn't crop it as suggested originally, but it certainly improves things. I was probably influenced by the other shot I took which had much more of the left hand trees, framing the image better. I'll have another go!
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Re: Quiet Dusk - trying out hdr!

That's a nice result, Martin, and agree re the twigs. I am, personally, no fan of HDR, but I like the slightly ethereal look to this one.
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Re: Quiet Dusk - trying out hdr!

Quiet dusk (cropped) M1187258 9 0 hdr2sm by Preselector, on Flickr
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Re: Quiet Dusk - trying out hdr!

That works better, Martin. Seems a little picky, but you could also crop out the half post, bottom left, a distraction point.
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Re: Quiet Dusk - trying out hdr!

Its come out with a nice watercolour efect.
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Re: Quiet Dusk - trying out hdr!

It's really nice.

What I find odd is the way the fence posts almost seem to blend into the water. It maybe the way my phone is showing the colours, but they look almost transparent.
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Re: Quiet Dusk - trying out hdr!

With the crop it's an excellent composition, taken at a lovely time of day, but I have to say that I am not a fan of HDR - at least not when it is obvious. However, that is just my view and I know that plenty of others will think it is gorgeous.
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Re: Quiet Dusk - trying out hdr!

The cropped version is much better and is really nice. I am not normally an HDR fan but your version certainly works and gives a nice feel to the picture.

I didn't even notice the post in the bottom left corner that Imageryone refers to. It could easily be removed without further cropping by using clone stamp tool in PS.
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Re: Quiet Dusk - trying out hdr!

That's a really nice effect.
There's a bit more noise in the sky than I really like, but that's a common issue with HDR - it might be reducible by fiddling around with noise reduction and sharpening.
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Re: Quiet Dusk - trying out hdr!

Funnily enough, I did originally remove the post in the bottom left, but didn't like it - the lines in the concrete under the green moss seemed to take your eye out of the picture, while the post held the framing better - but that's just my view! I'm also not actually too keen on HDR, particularly when the results are more extreme like this, though I'm finding it can be helpful where there's excessive contrast between subject and sky, for instance, and it can be used to give a completely natural balanced result. In this case, I hadn't taken anything for a few days, the light was failing and I felt like playing - and was quite pleased with how it came out! Thanks everyone for their comments - much appreciated.
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