Featured: 'Trees in the mist....HDR for all to see' by Schusskabob

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Schusskabob, May 19, 2014.

  1. Schusskabob

    Schusskabob TalkEmount Regular

    May 14, 2014
    Colorado, USA
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    At the request of another forum member (thank you Eric and thanks for your comments), I'm posting this photo for all to see. The story behind it is that a few weeks ago I had gotten up early to visit Sawhill Ponds here in Boulder. It's something of a wildlife refuge with a bunch of ponds and trails reclaimed from an old gravel mine. We'd had rain the night before and I thought the sunrise might be interesting with everything still being wet. However, there were low clouds still in the east and after traipsing around for about an hour and still not seeing the sun, I gave up and headed back to the car. Just as I got to the parking lot, the sun finally rose above the clouds and things suddenly came to life. I only had a few seconds, as the light was rapidly changing and more cars were about to pull into the lot. The camera was still mounted onto a tripod, so I very quickly got off a few shots...right there in the parking lot. So the foreground is actually mud puddles in a parking lot! Shooting directly into the sun, I bracketed three exposures (+2 and -2). Now I only kept two of the exposures (and I'm not even sure which two they were) and created a HDR photo using Nik software which, in turn, I processed again in Nik Silver Efex to get black and white. The color version is also on my Flickr site, but I much prefer the black and white version. Most of the other processing consisted of some very selective burning and dodging in Lightroom using the brush tool. I'm still learing how to do all of this post processing stuff, but I can say that using Nik and Lightroom enables me to do things I never thought possible before. And, if you want to learn how to use these programs, there are a ton of FREE tutorials online.
    Thanks for looking and glad to be a member here!
    14012434784_06a03db01d_c. DSC04891_HDR-Edit.jpg by schusskabob, on Flickr

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  2. John D.

    John D. TalkEmount Regular

    Oct 7, 2013

    That image is simply stunning...

    Thank you for sharing it here..!

    - John
  3. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
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  4. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
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    That is a great one, Bob. But after looking at the color version on your Flickr page, I'm not sure that I agree that this one is clearly the better image. The color version rocks, IMO, and has a subtlety you don't often see in HDR photos. :thumbup:
  5. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
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    Its a very nice photo but after reading David's comment I was curious to see the colored version and I have to agree - the colored version is an amazing photo IMO ;)
  6. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
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    Way cool! What a fantastic image, something for me to aspire to capture. Thanks for posting this up. ;).
  7. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    Agreed . . . the color original is stunning.

  8. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

    Apr 12, 2014
    Boston MA
  9. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    Agreed with all - The color HDR is subtly and tastefully done - Not over-processed at all like many HDR images.
  10. Schusskabob

    Schusskabob TalkEmount Regular

    May 14, 2014
    Colorado, USA
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    Thanks! Yeah, I don't care for the "HDR look". To me, it only works if you can't tell it was used.