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New Housing Development
New Housing Development

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Challenge: HDR (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Bonney Lake, Washington
Date: Nov 12, 2006
Aperture: f11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320 to 1/13
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Nov 12, 2006

A big hole in the ground, now with streets and some erosion reducing grass, soon to be a big bunch of homes.

6 exposures ranging from about 3 stops under to about 2 stops over exposed. Photoshop CS2 HDR merge, mode to 16 bit, adjusted curve, adjusted brightness/contrast/saturation, sized to 640, saved for web optimized for no greater than 150k.

Place: 77 out of 84
Avg (all users): 4.5280
Avg (commenters): 3.6000
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Views since voting: 753
Views during voting: 473
Votes: 286
Comments: 12
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11/20/2006 10:46:48 AM
The sky was totally overcast, the scene dark, the sky wasn't blown in the photo. HDR was used properly, with 6 exposures over a wide range, and the HDR processing done to faithfully recreate the lighting as I saw it with my eyes, with the exception of a bit of oversaturation to bring up some of the contrasting colors.

The subject matter was an attempt to portray the expansiveness of the development, the size of the hole in the side of the hill. Unfortunately, that didn't translate well to the small format. Bad choice on my part.

Thanks for all the positively presented criticisms.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/19/2006 10:54:16 PM
I would have liked to see more detail in the sky.
11/18/2006 08:51:15 AM
Interesting lines of the road. The image seems somewhat low-contrast, probably suffers from low-light. More light during day would probably be better since the overcast or twilight sky hasn't given you nice color. Maybe your conditions were severe, as you photo doesn't show much dynamic range, e.g., recovered by HDR.
11/14/2006 07:41:24 PM
If I was to be brutally frank, I'd say there is nothing in this picture that suggests HDR was used at all. It's flat, dull and pointless. It looks like it was taken on a camera phone through a dirty window.
Luckily I'm not being frank, but I will say perhaps you didn't follow the HDR proceedure properly? Try looking for more dramatic skies or areas with greater dynamic range - after all that's what HDR is all about!
11/14/2006 09:19:09 AM
the development seems lost in this image, maybe a little closer, since the road seems more important..need a little more dynamic range.
11/13/2006 08:31:49 PM
The sky feels a bit bright for my taste here. Also, there's no real point of interest in this photo. 6
11/13/2006 02:47:00 PM
Use of Light:0.5
Achieves Challenge:1

Good effort on using HDR to bring out the trees in the background without blowing out the brighter portions. However, the image really isn't all that pretty and is a little dark
11/13/2006 01:16:38 PM
Considering the use of HDR the image is a little too flat for me. Could have used more detail in the sky.
11/13/2006 10:56:37 AM
This seems a little tonally flat and lifeless, but I do like the diagonal and s-curve lines made by the roads. I think with different lighting (sunrise/set, perhaps?) the scene would be more appealing.
11/13/2006 08:17:49 AM
the sky still looks very flat and blown out even with the HDR.
and to be honest, the overall scene isn't that interesting.
the trees look like they have some good color in them, but they are too far away to really grab your attention.
sorry :-(
11/13/2006 06:55:35 AM
I'm afraid this doesn't really hit the mark with me. Unless I have misunderstod the concept (which is always possible) one of the main advantages of HDR is that it balances out exposure, allowing for areas that would normally be to dark, to be correctly exposed, and yet this photo seems to have large areas that are under-exposed. Coupled with that, the subject matter and composition are dull and rather uninteresting - a difficult one, though, given the short period in which to take and process the photo!
11/13/2006 12:20:50 AM
Nice landscape, and composition - but hdr applied properly would not leave your sky so washed out.

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