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Waterfall (Animal Kingdom)
Waterfall (Animal Kingdom)

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Challenge: Free Study 2010-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM
Location: Animal Kingdom
Date: Jul 31, 2010
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/25, 1/50, 1/13
Galleries: Landscape, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Jul 31, 2010

The first HDR image I've ever taken that I thought was good enough to try and see how it looks here.

Changes made:
Modifications to it:
color balance
curves (x2)
unsharp mask
Curves on the lower half of the image
clarify (strength = 3)
reduce to 8 bit

Place: 295 out of 362
Avg (all users): 5.1349
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 5.0510
Avg (non-participants): 5.4286
Views since voting: 615
Views during voting: 201
Votes: 126
Comments: 3
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2010 07:53:59 AM
I see the potential, but I think the image just loses too much detail in highlights and shadows.

I live in a forest just like this. You may be one of my locals for all I know. :) I kept getting frustrated because I could never make a photo that caught the magic of the little dappled-sunlight spots I found in the woods. Then someone pointed out to me that sunny spots are full, bright, direct sunlight. So, like, f/22 or so. The shadow spots don't get a lot of ambient light because the forest is generally kind of dark. So, like, f/4 or so. There's just no earthly way for a single exposure to make dappled sunlight look good. With that thought in mind, I started working HDR techniques for a while, and eventually it added tons to my forest shots.

I highly recommend HDR for shots like this.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/04/2010 06:01:50 AM
beautful place and good shot... i like the composition...
08/03/2010 10:49:56 PM
Good job getting the sense of motion in the water. I know others won't like the branches that cover the top falls, but I think it adds a bit of mystery.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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