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Registered: December 2010
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This is a HDR image using 4 exposures all with very slow shutter speeds with the purpose to veil the Arkansas River in the foreground so a tripod was used for stability. Manual exposure.
Most of my HDR images have bordered on artistic rendering where this one is more realistic. You can see lights on inside some of the buildings with their exterior lighting on as well. Little Rock is the capitol city of Arkansas and is located about 45 miles south of my home.
· Date: Tue January 11, 2011 · Views: 996 · Tags: 2 ·
Keywords: HDR, city scape, landscape, sunset
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D300
Lens Make / Focal Length: Nikon 24-70mm/2.8
State / County / Area Image Taken: Little Rock, AR
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United States of America
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Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,709
Tue January 11, 2011 1:46am

I like your perspective with the highrise structures of Little Rock set against the sunset sky (complementary color on the highrises and clouds), the slight reflective quality of the water picking up the shadowy outlines of the highrise buildings, and the quality of the lighting (with the light from the setting sun playing over the facades of the highrises).

Truthfully I would say this image has a paintlike feel to it and I like that quality in a picture.

I'm adding this picture to my favourite list.

What was shutter speed for the four exposures?


Registered: December 2010
Posts: 70
Tue January 11, 2011 1:56am

Thanks Jan. The shutter speeds were around 1/6s. The slower speed helps veil the water flow. The river was up and pretty turbulent and I found that distracting.~gary
Tony Mil

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 138
Tue January 11, 2011 2:05am

Excellent capture and terrific HDR post processing.

Registered: January 2011
Tue January 11, 2011 3:46am

wow. surreal.

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 1
Tue January 11, 2011 4:48am

Hi Gary----This one really leapt off the page----the colouring, complimentary colours, the clouds your perspective---you have worked well in HDR to give it, as you have pointed out, a realistic feel and yet at the same time, I steal the word "surreal" from Francis----great work----Lynne

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 64
Tue January 11, 2011 11:54am

You achieved a very very natural look through your HDR work-- a result I much prefer. Very well done. The Chamber of Commerce would probably want this for the lobby of their offices as it romanticizes urban development.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Tue January 11, 2011 2:42pm

rich warm colors that are so easy on the eyes. Perfect HDR procedure. I especially like how the buildings are subtly framed by the water and the sunset marbled sky.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 62
Tue January 11, 2011 5:03pm

Nice work with the HDR. The colors are wonderful.
Graet time of day to shoot.

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 1,105
Tue January 11, 2011 5:12pm

Absolutely wonderful HDR processing.
Pat Mark

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 12
Tue January 11, 2011 6:27pm

Very well done and the shot is well composed. The HDR process you have done is perfect and has given you the look you were after.

Registered: January 2011
Tue January 11, 2011 6:28pm

Great view, Gary! I so enjoy your photography posts. I worked in downtown Little Rock many, many years ago. This reminds me of those days of my youth. Ah! Time passes so quickly. But back to the photography....great HDR. Love how the colors pop and the smooth veiling of the Arkansas River. Very well done!

Registered: January 2011
Wed January 12, 2011 12:33am

You are so good at HDR, keep them coming. Great job.

Registered: December 2010
Wed January 12, 2011 7:29am

Ouch! Perfection Gary! Your slow shutter speed calmed the waters but left just enough to see movement! Flawless composition Mr. Artist! Smile

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 59
Wed January 12, 2011 3:58pm

I agree with Dee, your HDR work is awesome. Keep emm coming.

Registered: March 2009
Fri January 21, 2011 4:06pm

I really love this shot. Beautiful lighting. Nice job, Bill
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