Shot this at the beginning of the month when I met Bear_Music out at the Marin headlands. He kept wondering why I was shooting horizontal, when the landscape had some strong vertical lines. Well Robert, here's the answer! I was trying to bring out the city skyline behind the golden gate bridge. Not easy on a foggy, flat day.
This is tonemapped from a single RAW images. I actually liked it better using this single shot tonemap than a tonemap with multiple bracketed files. This shot was the most underexposed of the set, which brought out the detail in the clouds. I decided to let the foreground go black, so didn't need the detail in the other shots.
I was sure that I'd find a better shot later in the month, but ended up going with this one because its a little unique, and I think has a better chance to do well -- or bomb entirely -- in a Free Study. Hoping for a 6+ score here, but think its about a 6.2x max. Good chance it will end up down in the 5.4x range as well.
[Nov. 2nd, 2008 08:22:52 PM]
I definitely went a bit overboard on the processing on this one, and recognized the issues with halos and the harsh light on the water pointed out by some. Fact is, the light was pretty flat and the original of this shot is as well. Had to work pretty hard to pull that detail out of the clouds, while preserving the bridge and the buildings which were the focal point of the image. That said, both the water and the foreground were pretty tough to deal with and distracting in the final image. In the entry, I decided to let the foreground go black, except for the brightest spots pulled out by the HDR processing -- I figured some would like, and some would hate.
I did a bunch of other edits to the image, and almost pulled this edit at the last minute for another version. Had so many attempts I lost track, but here are a couple others I came close to using instead:
[Nov. 3rd, 2008 05:23:42 PM]
Oh and for those that hate the frame, me too, sort of. I originally had just black bands top and bottom, then added the white line out of concern the all black frame bled into the image and might be deemed to be a rules violation, since it wasn't clear and distinct enough. I do like the thicker border on the bottom though to give more weight to the image. And I've found, with landscapes in particular, a right or left edge border tends to constrain the sweep of the image, so I've been leaving them off in most wide landscape shots.
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Love the concept, subject, choice of BW and composition. The PP needs to be cleaner in my opinion, too much halo outlining the hillside, and the water is, well, I just don't know! The vignette is too heavy (that's a personal opinion!). I would love to see a more simple processing of this image after the challenge if you don't mind the effort. I see a wonderful potential in this photograph.