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Whalen Island
Whalen Island

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Challenge: Signature Style (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX
Location: Whalen Island, Oregon
Date: Jan 12, 2010
Aperture: f4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/25
Galleries: Landscape, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Jan 12, 2010

This is actually only my second HDR photo, but I feel the element that is my style is the desire to achieve new methods while in rural locations. Weak, I know but I wanted to see how it would hold up.

I bracketed at 7f at 0.3, starting at the indicated settings.
Used photomatix, and CS4 in the post process.

Place: 114 out of 193
Avg (all users): 5.6143
Avg (commenters): 6.3333
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Views since voting: 526
Views during voting: 313
Votes: 210
Comments: 5
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01/31/2010 10:49:20 AM
ALRIGHT! A reply from the Crit Club! Cool!
Thanks for the kind works sfalice! It was, indeed, one of my first attempts at HDR, that was only a few weeks ago.
To date I've already decimated one tripod, and taken some AMAZING shots of my home area of Tillamook, Oregon.
01/22/2010 11:56:48 PM

If this is early in your HDR career, you are doing quite well. It isn't "overblown" in the HDR sense, where unnatural coloration and strange visions dance before the eyes. :-))

I very much like the background mountains, soft yet interesting and the grasses work well in the image. that straight line in the midground (the water) acts as a magnet for the viewer. If it was mine, I'd probably try to get down a bit more to eliminate that straight edge.

Then, yes, you could use something in the foreground to provide interest and keep the viewer in the picture. Move around until you could get a tree or even a large-ish snow patch in there. (If you can't find a dog or a kid - joking)

Keep up the good work. I'll look forward to seeing more of your art.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/18/2010 05:24:32 PM
A very good nature photographer from the NW is ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' talmy. Good HDR, if that's what it is!
01/15/2010 08:51:53 PM
Even though the picture is uninteresting the tonemapping almost redimes it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/15/2010 11:17:06 AM
Lovely landscape with basic colours. Seems soft. A characteristic of that wide angle?

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