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Golden Age of Travel
Golden Age of Travel

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Challenge: My Drug (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Location: North Creek, NY
Date: Mar 14, 2012
Aperture: 11.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Mar 17, 2012

There's just something about old trains... the lines, the colors, the nostalgia. Can't get enough of them.

[Mar. 21st, 2012 12:38:23 PM]

I don't love the overall look to this... I'm new to HDR and it seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it topic, but I'd love some feedback on the processing.

Place: 23 out of 102
Avg (all users): 6.1417
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 6.1875
Avg (non-participants): 6.1111
Views since voting: 525
Views during voting: 247
Votes: 120
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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03/31/2012 01:25:37 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Basically this is a very nice shot of a lovely old train, though I find the angle a little safe. If you had been able to get closer to shoot from a lower POV you may have had a much stronger, more dynamic image to work with. The glarey sun is a bit much and could have been burnt down a bit without damaging the image.

PP is very subjective, it's hard to tell someone what they should do with their images. However, here the answer is easy as you have pretty much hit the nail on the head. HDR is indeed a love/hate topic here. I don't hate it, and have used it myself, but don't like getting my eyeballs blistered by too-heavy HDR! IMHO this is getting to be too much HDR, but I have seen much worse here. If in doubt, or if you're unhappy with the image yourself, rethink things a little. Then go back to a copy of the original file and work with it, but scale things back a little.

Again, and strictly my opinion and experiences talking here...no amount of pp will save a poor image, and it's very easy to ruin a perfectly fine image with too much pp. Check out my own portfolio from approx 2006-2008 and you'll see what I mean - I really do know what I'm talking about!

You may want to look up previous HDR challenges and try this little trick. Go through all the images, in reverse order, and work your way up to the front page. You'll notice that the images get cleaner, and if you see entries with what you feel are levels of HDR you want to approximate, read the comments. Try PM'ing that particular photog and ask for advice or hints. Most people here are pretty good folk and will help you out.

Hope this has been of help, keep on shooting and entering!

Feel free to PM me,

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/24/2012 01:25:17 PM
overall pleasing 9
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03/23/2012 07:05:22 PM
I would have voted a 10 on this if it didn't have the blur to it.
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03/21/2012 05:46:07 PM
LOVE LOVE LOVE trains! Beautiful shot. Love the soft feeling of the photo. Very pretty sky, and the train looks great.
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03/21/2012 02:38:17 PM
Beautiful image & processing!
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03/21/2012 09:28:41 AM
good shot love the editing
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03/20/2012 04:07:34 PM
nice shot but the pp looks very heavy.
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03/19/2012 04:13:36 AM
Love trains! Nice compo and decent sky. Pity this is HDR'd to death. Each to his/her own I suppose.
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03/19/2012 01:18:03 AM
Beautiful picture... seems a little soft, maybe that was the intention. I really enjoy it. Thanks
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