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Challenge: HDR (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Challenge Images
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Date: Nov 12, 2006
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 80
Shutter: varied
Date Uploaded: Nov 12, 2006

I had never heard of HDR until this challenge was announced. I scrambled like mad to learn and give it a try. I hope this is right.

Took shots with several extreme exposures varying only the shutter speed.

Combined two of them using PS merge to HDR.
Adjusted the white point
Cropped
Adjusted the exposure and gamma
Smart Sharpened
Converted to 8-bit mode
Used a few adjustment layers (levels, color, saturation)
Resized
Added border
Saved for web.

I was disappointed that the carousel didn't have any real point of focus. It was rather flat and confusing. But unlike many viewers, I like the fence. I like the highlights created by the HDR along the fence and in the foliage in the background, and I like the way the lights of the carousel pop out, giving the whole shot a feeling of fantasy. This was a fun experiment with a technique I'd like to use more.

Statistics
Place: 79 out of 84
Avg (all users): 4.5035
Avg (commenters): 4.1250
Avg (participants): 3.9756
Avg (non-participants): 4.5911
Views since voting: 801
Views during voting: 509
Votes: 288
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0


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11/20/2006 12:51:12 AM
This image has a unique appeal to me... I think it's all the colors and the dragon wings. :-D
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/19/2006 01:21:46 PM
The way this shot has been processed makes it difficult to discern what the subject is. The fence in front is also rather distracting.
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11/18/2006 09:03:00 AM
Great subject, with colors and shine. But the fence is in-your-face distracting when I want to see the carousel - consider moving up or closer. Also revisit your tone mappings, your choices seem overdone and too unnatural.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/14/2006 11:45:27 PM
it brings back memories....
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11/14/2006 08:54:05 PM
Use of Light:1
Focus:1
Composition:1
Creativity:1
Achieves Challenge:0

This really has a peculiar look to it. The entire image appears to have a grey ghost next to it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/14/2006 12:51:05 PM
There's too much going on in this image, with no central point of interest. The processing also seems a bit harsh, particularly on the foliage in the background.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/14/2006 02:13:53 AM
Looks a bit oversharpened in places. But wonderful colors and very vibrant composition.
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11/13/2006 05:11:16 PM
A good idea, but the fence does is a bit distracting. It is also too busy for me.
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11/13/2006 01:07:28 PM
I'm not sure of the main focus here.
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11/13/2006 11:09:15 AM
Pretty colours!
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