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Morning Light Keswick
© shaun walby, Sep 2013
Camera used: Canon 5D2
Date taken: September 2013
VOTING: from 31 votes
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Lovely clarity Shaun .
john1963 - 02/Dec/14
This is excellent! What post processing have you done if you don't mind me asking?
DJayB - 02/Dec/14
Lovely colours. It's always hard shooting straight into the sun (not least because you nearly blind yourself if you use the viewfinder!), but this is balanced really well without looking like a HDR fest.
James Rushforth - 02/Dec/14
Cheers John dj and James. Iam using lightroom/photoshop for processing which especially with colours i use lightly, colour images are pretty much a correct in camera job for me...much more leeway working in B+W.
This is a two exposure image using Lee filters the canon 17-40mm with 5D2. I like contre-jour shots but you always have to contend with loss of detail/contrast washed out colours and lens flare. The merge of the 2 exposures is the big job, the dynamic range is way beyond any camera or human eye...so trying to get as near to a natural look as possible is key. I enjoy making them, worth the hassle they cause i think.
shaun walby - 02/Dec/14
Thanks. It is a cracker
DJayB - 09/Dec/14
Very nice HDR, more natutal looking than my An Teallach entered the same week as yours which is an HDR 5 shot mixed in HDR software which usually gives problems you try to loose in photoshop like soft sharpness in the foreground and unnatural looking skies in places. Would have used my Lee filters like you but that was causing vignetting at 24mm.
Garbhanach - 15/Dec/14
Cheers Garbhanach....You've got a lovely image there, slightly undermined for me buy the HDR software. Ive never made a HDR image in terms of using HDR software, of course ive attained a higher dynamic range here by using two differing exposures...but the blend is manual. For me HDR software often removes one of the most powerful elements off photography... shadows and leaves everything looking unnatural hard/sharp/harsh. Iam sure there are awesome images out there made with HDR software....personally ive not been tempted to even experiment with it yet...ummm maybe i will over winter?
cheers shaun
shaun walby - 15/Dec/14
Shaun
What process do you use in photoshop for merging multiple images, are they exposure bracketed images?. I've used photomatix for merging images but don't always like the effect it gives.
Andy
Andy Hudson - 04/May/15
Hi Andy
For images like this shooting into the sun (massive dynamic range) i dont use any of the auto merge systems, i mask/merge brackets with a brush in PS, worth experimenting with....took me a while to get the hang of it to achieve a natural as poss look.
shaun walby - 04/May/15
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