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Post by minniev » Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:13 pm

This boggy area is more drainage ditch than true swamp, one of several that sit near the road in the wetlands that surround parts of the reservoir where my birds live. Usually I stack these things in Photoshop manually but this time I tried a 3 exposure blend in Aurora, which has more natural-looking processing than other HDR programs I've tried. All comments and suggestions welcome, edits too.
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Post by LindaShorey » Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:47 pm

This one definitely looks natural, a beauty. Can you post the middle of the 3 exposures for comparison? Thanks much!
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Post by davechinn » Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:52 pm

minniev wrote:This boggy area is more drainage ditch than true swamp, one of several that sit near the road in the wetlands that surround parts of the reservoir where my birds live. Usually I stack these things in Photoshop manually but this time I tried a 3 exposure blend in Aurora, which has more natural-looking processing than other HDR programs I've tried. All comments and suggestions welcome, edits too.


Such a lovely scene Minnie !!! Color tone looks natural to me and the backlighting is just awesome. Wondering though, since it's a drainage ditch, is it actually as beautiful being there verses your image? Sometimes pictures can lie to us. I remember being in places that were not so pleasant and the picture told a deceiving/different story of beauty. Either way, you have shown the beauty side.
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Post by minniev » Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:30 pm

LindaShorey wrote:This one definitely looks natural, a beauty. Can you post the middle of the 3 exposures for comparison? Thanks much!


Thanks Linda. Here's the middle of the group, though I haven't tried to do more than basic adjustment to make it what the jpeg would have been. The mist in the background had "form" only in the underexposed, and the colors of the trees was best in the overexposed one.
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Post by minniev » Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:37 pm

davechinn wrote:
Such a lovely scene Minnie !!! Color tone looks natural to me and the backlighting is just awesome. Wondering though, since it's a drainage ditch, is it actually as beautiful being there verses your image? Sometimes pictures can lie to us. I remember being in places that were not so pleasant and the picture told a deceiving/different story of beauty. Either way, you have shown the beauty side.
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Thank you Dave. This one is lying just a bit, because if you don't see it in that morning light, it is quite ordinary and no one would notice it. But on certain fall mornings, the sun is just right, and it can yield magic. It was MUCH more wonderful before the local Plant Nazis "improved" it by cutting down all the brush and small trees between it and the road. Back in the "old days", about 5 years ago before they showed up, it looked like this on a fall morning.No photoshop or HDR on this one, just the usual Lightroom adjustments
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Post by PietFrancke » Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:37 pm

these are beautiful light and color!

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Post by LindaShorey » Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:48 pm

Thanks Minnie, and what a shame about the removal of the brush!
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Post by minniev » Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:51 pm

PietFrancke wrote:these are beautiful light and color!

Thank you Piet!
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Post by minniev » Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:58 pm

LindaShorey wrote:Thanks Minnie, and what a shame about the removal of the brush!



Yes, a terrible shame what can be done in the name of "improvement". Credit for the term Plant Nazi's goes to my late friend "Dr. Dirt" Goldsberry, who devoted his life to the fight against that kind of "improvement". http://www.mpbonline.org/blogs/gestalt-gardener/2017/04/21/gestalt-gardener-a-tribute-to-dr-dirt/
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Post by Psjunkie » Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:22 pm

Both engaging images minniev.....the fog in the second well enhanced by light and shadow..

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