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Stone's Peak Moonset
Stone's Peak Moonset

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Challenge: HDR in B/W (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens
Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO
Date: Jan 28, 2016
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30s, 1/60s, 1/125s
Date Uploaded: Jan 28, 2016

The moonset was awesome this morning, as the sublimating clouds churned and fumed below, on the continental divide. This is a black&white conversion from an HDR blend in LrCC 2015. 01/28/16 8:52am. Canon EOS 5DmkIII, Canon EF200mm f/2.8L USM, f/16, ISO 100, [1/30s, 1/60s, 1/125s], lens focal length 200mm.

[Feb. 4th, 2016 04:44:51 AM]

I guess it's a backhanded compliment to hear that people don't think my image looks like an HDR blend. Very backhanded! This scene was 15 stops of light between the darkest shadows and the brightest highlights. No modern camera could capture the scene in one image. Yes, it is not grainy, low contrast with surreal tones like Photomatix 2007.

On the blacks... I always leave about 5% blocked up to improve the natural look of the scene. That comes from experience. I certainly could have unblocked all blacks and the image probably would have looked more like an old style HDR.

Place: 7 out of 93
Avg (all users): 6.5385
Avg (commenters): 7.4286
Avg (participants): 6.2444
Avg (non-participants): 6.9394
Views since voting: 558
Views during voting: 188
Votes: 78
Comments: 12
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02/15/2016 07:18:27 PM
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02/11/2016 05:30:03 PM
THat's quite a dramatic landscape. Nice work.
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02/11/2016 08:04:14 AM
Great work, Richard
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02/11/2016 01:56:00 AM
Although I don't understand the technical mumbo jumbo like the "5% blocked...that comes with experience", it's a nice photo. The moon takes it up a notch.
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02/10/2016 03:06:32 PM
How much better can it get? Extremely well done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/09/2016 10:21:49 PM
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02/09/2016 07:50:45 PM
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02/09/2016 05:30:39 PM
This is so awesome! One of my favorites. How you caught everything in such focus! Great job!
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02/05/2016 11:59:10 AM
Wonderfully dramatic scene. The HDR is used as I like to see it used, in the manner of a zone system print. I do wonder if the darkest areas need a little more structure to render to best advantage on the monitor, but I'm sure this PRINTS spectacularly well. The rendering of the clouds is absolutely palpable, I want to drift into that softness and ride the moon to another country not my own :-) Bumping to top group.
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02/03/2016 08:07:10 AM
Great capture of the moon...It looks so close. one of my top picks
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02/03/2016 08:06:21 AM
Beautiful. Best in class.
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02/03/2016 05:26:38 AM
This is a beautiful landscape! Gallery quality. It is one of the nicest images in the challenge. But I don't see the tonal contrasts and textures of an "HDR" image. This challenge was a particularly difficult one to pull off, given the assignment and the varying views of what is or is not HDR.

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