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Landscapes and no HDR

Well I think I have finally got my head around the fact that you can only shoot landscapes 2 times in the day, Dusk or Dawn to get rich colours without resorting to HDR, please let me know what you think of the below

Just need to visit some better locations





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Re: Landscapes and no HDR

Well the first is not a bad location, and it makes quite a satisfying shot. It recalls those early morning moments driving when suddenly the world comes together.

Not sure I agree about the comment on hdr (though it can, and is, frequently used to give a tone/vivacity to an image that is not a reflection on the original subject). But a lot of 'golden hour' shots are similarly artificial, they win prizes and get featured in landscape books, but you know the saturation of colours are more artifice, giving an idealised idea of morning to those who are always sound asleep, than reality.

I look forward to more 'first light' shots. But it's only one aspect of what light can do.

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Re: Landscapes and no HDR

I do agree that dawn and dusk can do an awful lot for a landscape. For a start, the low lighting will emphasis the contours of the land. Next, certainly at dawn, you get the countryside to yourself.

As to these two shots, I think you were in the right place at the right time, however I would have reached for a long lens and homed in on that line of hills on the far horizon in the first shot.

I tend to use either very wide (such as 11mm) or very long (150 or 200mm) for landscape. The former brings loads of sky into the equation, and the latter emphasises the height of the hills.

HDR? My jury is out. If you can see that it has been applied to the finished image, then I think it has been overdone. If it adds depth but isn't in your face, then it serves its purpose..

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Re: Landscapes and no HDR

If you only want subtle colours then dawn/dusk is the way to go, however what about stormy skies, moving water, wind ,rain etc there's more to landscape photography than dawn/dusk.
I learned this some while ago when my wife would look at my pics and let out an exasperated 'not another sunset' comment

With regard to hdr i agree with the comments made that if you can tell, it's proberly too much
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Re: Landscapes and no HDR

Thanks for the comments guys, your right HDR is great if its not over done and as you have proberly seen from my past images I am a big fan of it, but lately I have been trying to get what I want right in the camera first.

I wont start another debate on in-camera vs photoshop , but I feel Its a lot more effort to get something right in camera, but pays off when you do.

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