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Bridge to nowhere
Bridge to nowhere
cjoconn22


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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II
Location: Auburn, WA
Date: Mar 9, 2008
Galleries: Landscape, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Mar 9, 2008

My first real attempt at HDR. I had a blast, and spent many hours post-processing. Lens flare was ugly and hard to fix, you can still see some of it below the sun. Was very visible until i discovered Clone Stamp Hue. I know theres more I could have done...but I am not quite a pro at photoshop; I'm learning as i go. Hope you enjoy.

Photomatix:
Generate HDR from 8 exposures.
Tonemapping
Save as TIFF

Photoshop:
Slight crop
Cloned out power line on right side, and some small distractions.
Cloned out some sensor dust and Halos.
Lots of selective color adjusting due to that ugly red lens flare.
Brightness/contrast
Selective Burning
Levels
USM
Save for web.

After challenge:

The sun rays are not fake, however I did burn in between them to enhance their visiblity. Thanks to everyone else for your kind comments.

Statistics
Place: 152 out of 500
Avg (all users): 5.9752
Avg (commenters): 6.5714
Avg (participants): 5.8448
Avg (non-participants): 6.3111
Views since voting: 736
Views during voting: 230
Votes: 161
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0


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05/03/2008 02:37:38 PM
sheesh, why would people not believe this is an HDR? And that the rays are fake? Some people just think they are an expert at everything...

nice job on your first HDR!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2008 11:40:17 PM
Rather poignant, especially with the sun and the field greening up.
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04/06/2008 07:10:43 PM
this is very, very nice. Composition is perfect
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04/06/2008 10:57:06 AM
Nice capture, The sun rays are cool they enhance the image.
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04/04/2008 10:14:12 PM
Interesting composition. Looks almost HDR but I don't think it is. Nice rays off the sun.
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04/02/2008 03:26:24 PM
Nicely composed and I like the processing.
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04/01/2008 03:49:06 PM
those rays look super fake but I'll pretend they're not for the moment
04/01/2008 11:05:23 AM
what a weird sight!
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04/01/2008 10:13:48 AM
Certainly an interesting subject. Good colour and processing. 7
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