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Overlooking the Village

This is the Six Bells Mining Memorial in Abertillery, South Wales.

Taken on e5, 12-60mm. 7 Brackets @ 0.7ev

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Re: Overlooking the Village

Lovely colours and great sky...
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Hi Steve - I like this photo very much, the colours are complimentary and I really like the row of houses in the frame.
South Australia has a rich mining history and we have a similar (but not nearly as attractive) statue in Kapunda, one of our old mining towns.
You may be interested in reading more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Map_the_Miner
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Re: Overlooking the Village

I'm not usually a fan of HDR, but this one is an example of good use of the technique. Composition is excellent, viewpoint is superb, I have no suggestions for improvement at all!
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Re: Overlooking the Village

Great shot, Steve. The only suggestion I'd have would be to try to eliminate the slight halo caused by the HDR processing between the sky and land. Apart from that it's a corker.
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Re: Overlooking the Village

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Hi Steve - I like this photo very much, the colours are complimentary and I really like the row of houses in the frame.
South Australia has a rich mining history and we have a similar (but not nearly as attractive) statue in Kapunda, one of our old mining towns.
You may be interested in reading more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Map_the_Miner
Thanks for the comments and sharing the link that's really interesting
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I'm not usually a fan of HDR, but this one is an example of good use of the technique. Composition is excellent, viewpoint is superb, I have no suggestions for improvement at all!
Thanks cathrine, I'm glad you like it, seams my new found technique is working well
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Great shot, Steve. The only suggestion I'd have would be to try to eliminate the slight halo caused by the HDR processing between the sky and land. Apart from that it's a corker.
Thanks john, yes I noticed that after posting, funny thing is its not that obvious when viewed at a larger size
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Re: Overlooking the Village

I like all but the sky in this shot, David. For me the powerful cloud formation set against a dark blue sky overwhelms the landscape. If it were mine I would simply have set the landscape against a softer sky from another day.
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I like all but the sky in this shot, David. For me the powerful cloud formation set against a dark blue sky overwhelms the landscape. If it were mine I would simply have set the landscape against a softer sky from another day.
Thanks Mark, yes I think that could add some depth to the image and get rid of my halos
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Re: Overlooking the Village

Steve I love the little pools of bright sunlight you have captured, especially around the base of the Sculpture, but also dotted about the shot. The village nestling in the valley is uttlerly beautiful - all the colours of the homes - surrounded by so much in various greens ! Lush & rich ! and that forboding sky ... contrasts against the little pools of bright sunlight !

However, it would be intersting to see it with a sky as Mark suggests - just for comparison ! and out of interest !

I have to say, I was not sure if this was HDR! on first look I did not see the bracketing x 0.7 but I feel it is one of the best HDR landscapes I have seen ! It is almost as if the man is waving the storm clouds away
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Steve I love the little pools of bright sunlight you have captured, especially around the base of the Sculpture, but also dotted about the shot. The village nestling in the valley is uttlerly beautiful - all the colours of the homes - surrounded by so much in various greens ! Lush & rich ! and that forboding sky ... contrasts against the little pools of bright sunlight !

However, it would be intersting to see it with a sky as Mark suggests - just for comparison ! and out of interest !

I have to say, I was not sure if this was HDR! on first look I did not seen the 7 x bracketing but I feel it is one of the best HDR landscapes I have seen ! It is almost as if the man is waving the storm clouds away
Thanks very much Chevvy, Im glad you like the light, I sat there for a while waiting for the right moment

With my HDR techniques lately im trying to get a more realistic look for scenes that dont need the surreal look and just use the power to boost shadows, highlights and contrast

I will try a new sky when I have some time and mix with one of the original exposures.

But thats a lovely comment, thanks very much
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Re: Overlooking the Village

I like this although it is at the upper limit of HDR effect with this type of subject IMO. The halo is minimal and could be eliminated during the HDR process although this could result in a slight reduction in the dramatic effect of the sky.

Somehow, although the composition and subject matter are well chosen and it certainly has impact, I just don't feel comfortable viewing it, I don't know why.

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I like this although it is at the upper limit of HDR effect with this type of subject IMO. The halo is minimal and could be eliminated during the HDR process although this could result in a slight reduction in the dramatic effect of the sky.

Somehow, although the composition and subject matter are well chosen and it certainly has impact, I just don't feel comfortable viewing it, I don't know why.

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Wow that's a mixed review, thanks for the comments. Do you think the uncomfortableness is down to the picture itself or the the subject ?
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