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Helen Hunt Falls
Helen Hunt Falls

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Challenge: Free Study 2015-05 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-700D Rebel T5i
Lens: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Location: Cheyenne Canyon, Colorado Springs, CO
Date: May 12, 2015
Aperture: 25.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2.5
Date Uploaded: May 21, 2015

This image was captured above Helen Hunt Falls in Colorado Springs, CO. This is a 5 exposure image (+/-2) processed with Nik HDR Efex Pro 2.

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06/27/2015 08:21:30 PM
Hi Michael,

This comment comes from my role as a member of the DPC Critique Club. There's a big backlog of requests, so sorry for the delay.

I appreciate this attempt at HDR using Nik HDR Efex - I use the Nik filters often and can presume what your tone-mapping intent was. First, let me compliment the composition. The curves of the stream are nicely framed by the natural borders of the trees. The shutter speed works to soften the cascading water, too. What doesn't work is the lack of sharpness throughout the image. It's not clear to me if this is a result for soft focus on one or more of your 5 source images, or if it's an artifact of the HDR merge. I might suggest reprocessing using only three exposures. I find that the +/- 1 or 1.5 over three images is sufficient in most cases. Sorry to not be of more help on the image softness.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2015 07:42:49 PM
you might try 1000 pixels on the verts. gl.
06/06/2015 02:46:06 PM
Nice POV for this shot. Two things; 1) The water seem a bit too blue, 2) The photo seems way oversharpened.

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