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HDR of storm over Warwick

Discussion in 'The Gallery' started by BioHazard, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. BioHazard

    BioHazard Member

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    My first got at HDR. Perhaps a little over the top, but i like the ominousness of the sky.

    CC welcome

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    BioHazard
     
  2. [kane]

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    Cool .........................nice colours
     
  3. fallen_dragon

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    twilight zone :shock:
     
  4. TERRA Operative

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    Looks like something from Edward Scissor Hands, minus the topiary.
     
  5. xplod140

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    noob question, why is it a lot darker to the left of the lamp pole?
     
  6. looktall

    looktall Working Class Doughnut

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    the background on the lefthand side of the light pole is darker than the right.
    i find it a bit annoying. it keeps dragging my gaze away from the rest of the image.

    it seems overly grainy.

    other than that, i like it.
    it especially jumps out at you from the newspage article it was linked in.
     
  7. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Fantastic shot.

    Left hand side light is a perfect contrast to the right....it doesn't distract my gaze whatsoever.

    The graininess is good and adds to the quality :thumbup:

    Well done, great shot.
     
  8. Bern

    Bern I knew this would happen one day...

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    I'd like to see it somewhat reversed, the street and houses in greyscale, the street light as it is and the clouds lit up with the sunset with the exception of the storm approaching from the left.
     
  9. irR4tiOn4L

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    absolutely love it.
     
  10. tHRiCe

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    A clear example why the HDR fad is so popular.... I'm guessing this is unprintable at anything larger than an 11x7 due to noise and smudged detail?
     
  11. ikonz0r

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    haha my thought exactly...

    dope ;)
     
  12. chamellieon

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    I have to agree, but I think im a bit of a grain/noise nazi
    Nice colours, but it does seem a bit plastic to me.
     
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    BioHazard

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    I think the reason that it is so grainy is that it was taken with a stock 18-55mm lens on a 350d @ iso 800. My particular lens it pretty noisy at higher iso's, but I didn't have enough time to pull out one of the better lenses and the storm come in very quick.

    I have not had a chance to print a large copy off yet - i want to as i want to enter it in the local show in their mother nature section if it prints ok (we don't have a huge number of ppl enter, and they seem to love the wow factor which i think is punctuated in the sky.) BTW i do have it in a 23mb 3474x2314 tiff file so i think it should print ok.

    I am not sure why the left of the light pole is darker - I want to play with that a bit when i get some time. As for the plastic look - i can see where you are coming from - I have only recently purchased photomatix, so need to play with it a little more to get a real feel for it. This was more of a quick play to see what I could produce with not too much effort :D

    thanks for the comments
    BioHazard
     
  14. tHRiCe

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    Yeah I have lotsa noisy lenses too :p

    The noise is introduced by the HDR program pushing the levels on the dark image too high before blending with the bright image. Try taking more shots at different exposures (at the extremes) if you insist on using the HDR technique. A much better solution would be a 4 stop ND graduated filter if you want this look minus the noise and with natural tonal gradation.
     

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