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Under The Covered Bridge
Under The Covered Bridge

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Samsung Pro815
Location: Near Astabula, OH
Date: Mar 9, 2008
Aperture: f/8
Shutter: multiple
Galleries: High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Mar 11, 2008

HDRed (is that a verb?) in photoshop from 5 photos as to expose the bright outside the same as the inside of the bridge. This is the first HDR that i've done thats actually come out right.
I hope everyone realizes the exposure difference between the BRIGHT snow covered outside and inside a covered bridge.
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Place: 250 out of 500
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04/10/2008 11:54:01 AM
Very good use of HDR. Snow WB might be a tad on the blue channel. I do like the effect that the cross beams has created.
04/09/2008 11:37:34 PM
Really this is an amazing example of how HDR did an excellent job of showing the inside of a bridge. I think that people who have never taken a photo from inside a dark place like that would not understand what you have accomplished here. Really I'm in awe. To be able to see the ground like this is so cool. The only thing I don't like is the color of the wood on the right and left. That seems slightly unnatural to me and seems out of place in comparison to the golden yellow at the end. Excellent job.
04/09/2008 09:38:20 PM
My apologies for the lateness of my comment...

Compositionally I really like the shot. I also like the detail in it. However, it has somewhat of the "cartoony" look to it that alot of HDR shots have. That aspect of it, I don't care for, but that is just my personal preference.
04/08/2008 08:03:05 PM
Hey I see nothing wrong with this I like it. I have no clue on how you did it so to me it looks cool.
04/08/2008 04:49:01 PM
I agree with every one that this is a very good use of HDR. The ting that bothers me about this picture is whats in the opening of the bridge is kinda bland like something is missing from the image. I would have liked to see some one maybe not out side but actually inside the bridge walking out or even a car driving out. great editing great use of patterns and symmetry, keep up the great work.
04/08/2008 01:14:25 PM
The HDR in this worked out quite well! Really did a good job of evening out the exposure levels, and your thumbnails of each shot show that well, too. The roof trusses and the scenery beyond the bridge are the most interesting parts of this image - the track-covered snow is not so much, though a small bit of it serves well to ground the shot. I'm thinking a crop of some of the foreground would make this stronger overall, and I'm betting this is a lot better at a larger size. The DPC size restrictions sometimes hamper the impact somewhat. Again, super job with the HDR - you used it exactly as it was meant to be used without going overboard.
04/08/2008 12:04:16 PM
I like the light, textures and patterns in this shot. As mentioned by surfdabbler maybe a person at the end of the bridge could have helped, although people in HDR look weird, so maybe not. You'd have to test that. I like the HDR conversion, it has that HDR look but not overdone. My only comment would be that you could have stood like one step to the left to be in the dead center of the bridge, that way you'd get perfect symmetry on both sides. Hope this helped
04/08/2008 03:41:56 AM
Hi Jason, a critique for you...
Nice HDR work without going overboard on the HDR. :) This seems to reflect well what you probably saw when you were there. The texture and shape of the bridge seems to be making a frame. It's a nice pattern of lines and the perspective directs the eyes to the picture in the centre of the frame. Unfortunately that picture within the picture is very small, and there's not a lot there, and I think this is where the picture is lacking. Maybe if you walked further along the bridge, it would open up a nicer scene behind? Or mabye make it a portrait location for somebody in winter clothing, sitting against the wall, or walking in or out. This shot doesn't quite work as a standalone landscape, but it makes a nice location, and is just waiting for the addition of an interesting subject.

Message edited by author 2008-04-08 03:43:27.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/06/2008 09:16:26 PM
What an interesting and unusual perspective. Lovely!
04/05/2008 04:39:01 PM
8 - Nice unique image. Like the depth.
04/04/2008 09:28:57 AM
Lovely HDR conversion! The details really shine on this one!
04/03/2008 08:59:54 PM
Nice symmetrical depth to this one, very enjoyable to look at.
04/02/2008 12:39:27 PM
like the symmetry, but the photo itself seems a bit "flat". i think it would have been much better taken at a later time of day (or earlier) so the lighting was a bit more dramatic.

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