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Sunset Stroll
Sunset Stroll

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Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Maui, HI
Date: Sep 13, 2007
Galleries: Sky, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Mar 11, 2009

Viewed: 647
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

I only wish I had taken this today, that would mean I was in Maui :-)
It's been a while since I played with HDR, and I wanted to try the technique in this thread so I went back to my Maui archive, knowing that most of what I shot was for HDR. My method was very similar but I learned some great new tips. This image was only two exposures. I did the combining and tonemapping in Photomatix, then brought into Photoshop to adjust and fix the ugly parts of the HDR by replacing with parts from the original images. I think I left the grass a bit too light, I'll keep it in mind for next time. Here are the two originals:
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05/16/2009 11:02:59 PM
I think the grass is just right to balance the sky. Another excellent HDR.
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05/06/2009 08:28:41 PM
Very nice, love those rolling clouds in the background.
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04/01/2009 11:54:51 PM
This is beautiful : )
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04/01/2009 10:55:15 PM
Sensational in every way!!! A real work of art!!!
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03/12/2009 08:59:03 AM
Wow, spectacular!! You've got hdr nailed! Maui is one of my dream locations, someday I'll make it there. Hopefully while I'm still young enough to enjoy it.
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03/11/2009 10:41:35 PM
Oh this is just soooo lovely. I haven't figured out HDR yet. Sometimes it's almost too much but this has the rich depth that I love in a high dynamic range photo without any overkill. REALLY REALLY nice.
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03/11/2009 10:37:00 PM
this definitely proves that hdr is the best way to accomplish tone control. it does for digital that the "zone system" did for BW film. you have used a very beautiful example. the grass is purely subjective, but it does slightly overwhelm the highlights of the water.
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03/11/2009 09:26:16 PM
Thanks for the originals. It's pretty amazing how you can get the final exposure of that sky so perfect. I always have such hard time. I just bought some neutral density gradient filters to try while I shoot, but I want to try this, too. It will be interesting to see what works best for me. Anyway, great final product!
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03/11/2009 07:02:45 PM
I really these HDR images. I've got to try this.
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03/11/2009 06:53:32 PM
Don't clouds always come up great in HDR.......Nice processing, and with a human component!
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