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Registered: December 2010
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Sometimes less is more. Though I took 7 exposures for each of my HDR images, I look at the Histogram to see if the highlights and shadows are captured with the fewest exposures. Here I used 4, 2 under, 1 metered, 1 overexposed. Processing was done via Photomatix 4.0.
· Date: Thu January 6, 2011 · Views: 519 · Tags: 1 ·
Keywords: HDR, cityscape, small town
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D700
Lens Make / Focal Length: Nikon 24-70mm/2.8 @f11 ISO 800 AutoExposure Bracketing
State / County / Area Image Taken: Searcy, Arkansas
Country Image Taken
United States of America
Processing Software Applications Used
Photomatix 4.0/Nik Viveza 2.0/CS3

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Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,733
Thu January 6, 2011 1:26am

Such simple but beautiful structures that speak of the past of the town from the bank on the corner and then down the sidewalk past the simple buildings to the distant domed building. One feels as if they could step right into the image and walk to the sidewalk and then on down the street.

Another strikingly well rendered image from around town.


Registered: February 2009
Posts: 64
Thu January 6, 2011 1:50am

Another town, but the same name. I'm puzzled by that, but it has nothing to do with this sparkling image. It doesn't have much of an HDR look to it- a plus for me usually. You've got some lens distortion. I'm not sure whether that converging verticals can be cured easily here or not. I do like the placement of all the elements with even the manhole cover adding character.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Thu January 6, 2011 2:52am

Rich and vibrant "pop up and notice me" colors with subtle but definitely there defining edges to everything. You have definitely mastered the HDR technique. I love how you managed to capture this without anyone walking around but most of all without all the cars blocking the view of the details in the buildings.

Registered: December 2010
Posts: 1
Thu January 6, 2011 3:15am

HDR is always better when you really work the images used, as you did. The only one over exposed really added to this.
Tony Mil

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 138
Thu January 6, 2011 4:58am

Hi Garo

Very good HDR post processing work, sharp details and nice color
Pat Mark

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 12
Fri January 7, 2011 12:08am

This is excellent Gary, you made it look so life like, as if we can walk right down the street. Well done.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,660
Fri January 7, 2011 4:21pm

Hi Gary
Tonally, I think you've done a great job here with the HDR but as with most HDR it needs further basic PS work. The red/pink of the kerb and in the far buildings is very strong and in PS I found that a reduction of red sat and sliding the red hue to the right cured this problem.
For control of the disappearing perspective I find the skew command works best to allow adjustment of the sides individually.
Exposure and contrast-wise it is excellent.

Registered: August 2009
Posts: 74
Sat January 8, 2011 9:22pm

I love shots like this. LIke Diane mentioned, I like it even more without those pesky cars and people in the way. Did you use Buzz pro here?

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