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Location: Michigan City, IN
Date: Aug 16, 2007
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 5 - 106
Galleries: Science and Technology, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Aug 17, 2007

Viewed: 1030
Comments: 10
Favorites: 4 (view)

We went for a walk on the pier tonight and I took some HDR shots again. The sky was really cool but by the time I shot these it wasn't quite as exciting. This is a local coal burning powerplant. I shot this plant for the HDR challenge and the cooling tower for a Nighttime challenge and Take Two.

This is 4 combined in Photomatix and the usual treatment. Lots of curves/levels tweaks and I actually had to create two B&W copies to avoid even more blowout near the center lights. I masked out the blown out part to reveal the better layer on the building below. I dodged/burned the sky and water. Lots of NI on noisy sky. Finally I applied a light dose of a Silvertone action (just a simple curves layer). Resize, sharpen, save for web.

I see some banding in the sky but I didn't notice where in my workflow it came and I'm not going to redo it when I have to get up in 6 1/2 hours!

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10/16/2008 12:53:02 AM
I like how the lights hit the smoke.

Message edited by author 2008-10-16 01:07:05.
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08/18/2007 04:34:51 PM
wonderful photo - I love the tones and framing!
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08/18/2007 04:21:35 PM
Totally awesome image! Perfect processing IMO. You've made this power plant look beautiful!
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08/17/2007 03:35:55 PM
I can't see the banding on this monitor (and usually I can see it when no one else can!). Very lovely shot -- almost metallic in texture.
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08/17/2007 12:33:42 PM
oh my GOSH. This is fabulous. WOW. I have GOT to try this HDR thing. :)
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08/17/2007 11:54:24 AM
Beautiful work! The curls of smoke are too surreal and the duotone treatment is amazing. Perfect in every way, fav.
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08/17/2007 11:05:51 AM
Great shot! I love the editing. Thanks for editing steps too, I was kind of glad to see it wasn't just a plan shot, I was starting to get jealous! haha
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08/17/2007 04:28:00 AM
Reminds me of Puff the Magic Dragon at first glass. Very cool capture, love the processing.
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08/17/2007 01:34:54 AM
absolutely stunning image ... love your processing .. love the way the smoke is coming out'v the chimney and curling over, making a sort of frame for the factory ... EXCELLENT ..
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08/17/2007 01:18:06 AM
Awesome. A beautiful photograph. I think I see the banding you mention but it is pretty subtle. Thanks for the technical explanation, I'll have to study it more closely sometime when I have time and am not so tired!
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