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Eclipse of the sun

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Challenge: HDR II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Flora
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Clee Hill, Shropshire
Date: Sep 12, 2009
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Floral, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Sep 12, 2009

I took three bracketed exposures but in the end produced 4 copies from a single RAW (at +/- 1 and 2ev) and combined the 5 exposures.

[Sep. 17th, 2009 01:20:08 PM]

I was quite interested to see how some people felt that this wasn't really HDR and that it was a little under-processed. The full editing steps were:

Four copies made of original RAW; at -1ev, -2ev, +1ev, +2ev

Saved as tiffs at 1/2 size

Exported to CS4 - automate - merge to HDR

Used local Adaptation tone mapping

Imported back into Aperture

Applied Tonal Contrast filter from Color Efex Pro

With Viveza:

Increased saturation and darkened blue sky
Increased contrast and brightness of flower, decreased saturation.

In Aperture:

Decreased saturation of yellow, increased definition

Cloned away the worst of the haloing

Exported at 720px Max

In Preview:

Increased saturation, exposure, contrast and sharpness

Saved at <200K

Uploaded to DPC

Place: 104 out of 155
Avg (all users): 5.4368
Avg (commenters): 6.3333
Avg (participants): 5.3095
Avg (non-participants): 5.5377
Views since voting: 617
Views during voting: 400
Votes: 190
Comments: 7
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/21/2009 12:57:27 AM
This was a strange challenge. I am still finding some of my own highest rated shots well into the mid 5's. Got a 9 and a fave from me.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/20/2009 07:01:31 PM
Fantastic shot!
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09/19/2009 10:41:08 PM
Cool nature shot. For this one, in the sunlight, I can see the shadow detail was enhanced. 7
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09/17/2009 03:35:05 PM
A totally engaging combination of shallow DOF, HDR techniques, and the way you caught the light on the subject. I'm not normally a floral fan, and this is a common subject, but exceptionally well done. I think I am faving it.
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09/16/2009 08:16:39 PM
The HDR isn't really noticable in this. But I amke a commitment to try and give posetive feedback even when the photo doesnt exactly meet the challenge description... I like the textures a lot, but the photo just isnt very interesting. The background needs to be filled with something, maybe a lake, of a river setting. And I'd use a photo editing program to add some dynamics to the lighting, that's a bit flat as well.
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09/15/2009 02:38:43 PM
I rather like this, different to the rest of the crop. Hope it doesn't get scored down for being different.
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09/15/2009 02:02:28 PM
I shall be rating this challenge by the following criteria:

1 - Not HDR in my opinion

3 - HDR is way over-done, in my opinion

5 - A reasonable use of HDR, but not a very engaging photo, in my opinion

7 - A reasonable use of HDR, and an engaging photo, in my opinion

10 - A fantastic use of HDR, and an out of this world photo, in my opinion

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