HDR Earnslaw, Queenstown, NZ

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HDR Earnslaw, Queenstown, NZ

Postby audioman » Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:36 am

This is a shot I took this afternoon of 'the grand old lady of the lake' the
SS Earnslaw. You will have seen Gordon's shots of this, here she is steaming across the lake.
A HDR from 1 jpg. Very addictive, this HDR stuff.
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Postby marzy » Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:27 am

did you saturate the blue?
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Postby audioman » Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:35 am

No, I just pushed the 'process now' button. It does all sorts of secret special stuff. It's a HDR using PhotoMatix.
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Postby Bob Andersson » Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:39 am

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I don't think they'll thank you for that one. :P It looks like it needs a new coat of white paint and I don't remember the funnel being that red. :shock:

It's a lovely shot and I really like the treatment of the water and the mountains but, being a fan of the Earnslaw and her silky smooth engine, I'd love to see her singled out for an extra bit of post-processing. 8)

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Postby marzy » Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:43 am

I don't think the "process now" has given it justice.
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Postby audioman » Thu Jul 10, 2008 10:12 am

Here's the original. Please feel free to post your HDR.
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Postby Bjorn van Sinttruije » Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:11 pm

I like the original image more (because the boat looks more natural). Great that you live in Queenstown! Have you met Gordon, or are you perhaps a friend? If I may ask...
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Postby J.Z. Alba » Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:01 am

Bjorn van Sinttruije wrote:I like the original image more (because the boat looks more natural). Great that you live in Queenstown! Have you met Gordon, or are you perhaps a friend? If I may ask...
There are great landscapes in NZ, so you're a lucky photographer!

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I agree with Bjorn, The original looks better because everything looks so natural.
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Postby audioman » Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:35 am

Thanks for your comments JZ and Bjorn.
To me the original lacks a bit of wow/zam. Even after a bit of post processing. Guess that's why I enjoy HDR. HDR may not be accurate, but it's kaboom! I love that.
Yes, I have met Gordon. In fact it was a brief conversation with him that re-stimulated my interest in photography. At the time I had a top of the line PAS, and after outlining my disappointment with a few of its features, he very kindly suggested a few DSLR's that would meet my requirements. And here I am!
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Postby J.Z. Alba » Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:00 am

Don't mention it and I know what you mean. People have different preferences and it's really up to you on what you should produce. It is what satisfies you that counts (from my opinion). :D
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Postby Bjorn van Sinttruije » Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:43 am

I'd love to come over to NZ and Queenstown in particular to meet the man behind CL, but also to shoot some photos there. And fly in that rocket-like thing attached to cables you have somewhere in the area!

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Postby marzy » Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:07 pm

I think the orginal is better, but maybe a tad brightness increase
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Postby Razvan » Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:56 pm

The original is much better,that is no image to process into HDR.
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Postby grahamnp » Fri Jul 11, 2008 1:35 pm

I think the HDR is alright, maybe a slight drop in saturation would help though.
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Postby Welly » Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:45 pm

I prefer the original too although it could probably do with a little PP to bring out the sky a little more. HDR is great in the right context and with the right image. I don't think it works that well with landscapes. At least, I'm yet to see a HDR landscape I've been impressed with.
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