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Dennisheckman


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Challenge: Clouds II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Leica M240
Lens: Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M
Location: Along side McCaslin Rd south of Louisville CO
Date: Mar 19, 2014
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 200
Date Uploaded: Mar 20, 2014

I have been spending a pretty good amount of time learning how to manual blend multiple exposures for an extended dynamic range which is larger than what the camera can take in a single exposure. I am using Channel masks to achieve this result. I have learned the use of this technique from Sean Bagshaw who is a highly skilled landscape photographer and artist.

With this entry, I have hand blended parts of 2 separate images. Each exposed with the intent to use each part in the image correctly. This is an HDR technique, I'm just doing it without the aid of any HDR software. This technique creates a vastly more real looking image. I did a small amount of color correction and contrast adjustments in CEP4 as well. Using these blending techniques, I was able to overcome some very difficult areas in the image such as keeping the foreground exposed correctly and the very bright clouds. Any image with the sun behind clouds is impossible to expose correctly in one or even two or three exposures. HDR software would have created halos and color shifts due to the high dynamic range of the area's.


Wow! Can't believe this won with so many great entries! Thanks for the votes and comments. It's humbling to be part of such a great community.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 91
Avg (all users): 7.2020
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 7.0256
Avg (non-participants): 7.3167
Views since voting: 1675
Views during voting: 251
Votes: 99
Comments: 25
Favorites: 3 (view)


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04/03/2014 07:09:19 PM
Fantastic sky, great colours. Good to see you on the front page again Dennis. Congrats on the Blue!

Message edited by author 2014-04-04 08:34:46.
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04/03/2014 03:57:27 AM
nice!
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04/02/2014 04:45:09 PM
Yay! I'm so happy to see a ribbon by this image! :D
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04/02/2014 06:31:50 AM
So glad to see you win my friend! Great shot :)
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04/02/2014 04:42:22 AM
Fantastic shot! Congratulations
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04/02/2014 03:57:47 AM
Congrats on the blue!! I've started playing with manual blending as well, since the HDR software seems to run into limitations on truly contrasty scenes. Thanks for posting it in the notes.
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04/02/2014 01:36:12 AM
Congrats on the Blue. Thanks for the details about creating this image. Awesome.
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04/02/2014 01:06:13 AM
Congratulations! Beautiful work!
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04/02/2014 12:24:37 AM
Wonderful work! Congratulations on the Blue!
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04/02/2014 12:21:23 AM
And deservedly the blue. Magnificent work. Congratulations
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04/02/2014 12:03:50 AM
Congratulations on the well deserved blue, Dennis. Very nice!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/01/2014 10:52:37 PM
i really like this composition and the colors work well for me.
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04/01/2014 08:55:53 AM
This is soo pretty! This would have done well for the fence contest too! LOL

Nice job
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03/31/2014 04:41:40 PM
The fence in the foreground adds a nice touch to landscape. The clouds are dramatic. Great photo.
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03/31/2014 04:03:11 PM
great colors!
it is in my top 5!!
9!!
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03/31/2014 03:48:13 PM
Beautifully colored, dramatic and spread over the full extent of the sky, the clouds alone are exemplary. Add them to a wonderful landscape and the visual lead-in of the downed fence -- this would also astound in the fences challenge -- and you have a glorious image. The foreground is intimate, the rest of the landscape is breathtaking in scope and the clouds are majestic. Right into my favorites.
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03/31/2014 05:19:37 AM
Under the blood-red sky... Nice. I like the blue cast on the far mountains.
I would have been nice entry for the Fences challenge, as well.
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03/30/2014 08:06:38 PM
That fence makes the photo to me.
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03/29/2014 01:43:15 PM
9 from me. lovely colors... that fence... lovely
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03/29/2014 02:48:35 AM
Top pick. Nicely composed, brilliant colors of the sky and clouds. Like the fence in the foreground which adds interest to the scene.
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03/26/2014 08:23:43 PM
GREAT COLOUR WOULD HAVE SUITED THE FENCES CHALLENGE
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03/26/2014 11:37:31 AM
Breathtaking
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03/26/2014 03:14:08 AM
Now you will have to go back here, and photograph that fence.

Top ten.
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03/26/2014 12:33:14 AM
10
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03/26/2014 12:28:43 AM
Stunning!
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