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Blue Cloudy Sky

July 11th, 2011

An HDR image of a pine tree on the rocks.

Canon EOS 500D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II.

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Posted By: Thomatis
about 3 years ago
EvolutionIXMR, I beg to differ.I don't this is over-saturated or over-processed.
Also your comment:- "The image is over-processed in my opinion as with "most" using the HDR technique"
NO. There are still so many people who don't understand the difference between 'High Dynamic Range Imaging' & 'Tone Mapping'

Most HDR people seem drawn to Photomatix. Play with the sliders and create a crap image, but some use it with a gentle hand & can create a more striking image.
Posted By: WhiteDog
about 3 years ago
I hesitated to comment on this image because my first reaction was so negative. But now that some others have offered their critiques, I'll venture one of my own.

I think this image is interesting - as an experiment. That's not to say I find it appealing, which I do not. But appealing is not the only important aspect of an image. This version of the photo would probably look better as part of a series of versions of the same image; of course, it's not possible to display such a series here.

In respect to the focus, the reason the background looks incongruous is that the HDR processing created such sharp detail in the foreground and midrange. Were the picture less flattened the transition from foreground to background would be less jarring. At what point the haloing became a distraction is harder to say without reference to the original image.

Whether an image should be processed to such an extreme is a matter of taste. In other words, a matter of opinion. In this instance HDR was used, not to enhance reality, but to abstract it. This is common practice in painting, where realism is often frowned upon. In photography the exact opposite bias prevails. Personally, I think the best paintings and the best photographs do well on both counts; without good design and composition, the most realistic picture will fail to impress. And even the most abstract painting may be poorly designed and composed. It boils down to execution. How effectively are the various elements of an image integrated into the whole?

The image above has two weaknesses that can be credited to execution. First, the depth of field in the picture does not lend itself to HDR. Nor does the haloing around the tree. Other elements are not impacted negatively by the processing. The foreground and midrange of the image provide fine detail, texture and color. The framing of the tree is excellent and the soft clouds in the sky provide both harmony in color and contrast in texture to the earth they float above.

So, though I don't like this picture, I can still appreciate its virtues.
Posted By: Daddy_Gemini
about 2 years, 5 months ago
Hmm, I'm not sure if I like this or not. I wish there was more background to look at like if you put the tripod up higher to get more mountains. Also, like most other HDR shots the sky is grayed out.

However I have to admit it's interesting to see a pine tree persevere and grow through the granite like that. The shape of the tree and roots coming out from the rock are the most eye-catching thing about this shot, I just wish it was captured better and I'm not sure HDR was necessary. Downloaded anyways because I have a problem. Picaholic. =)
Posted By: EvolutionIXMR
about 2 years, 5 months ago
Now before I have my comment deleted like my last one, understand that I am just trying to give some advice and help others. No point in having a comment section if you can't voice your opinion.

The image is over-processed in my opinion as with "most" using the HDR technique. The image's colors are oversaturated and it has lost it's contrast from the increase in tonal/dynamic range.
Also, the main subject, which is the tree should've been framed closer to the edge instead of the center. Would've made the shot a bit more interesting.
Advice...spend less time post-processing your shots and more time behind the camera improving your images out of the camera.
Posted By: Geosim
about 2 years, 5 months ago
It's not a bad attempt at HDR, I've certainly seen worse and to me it doesn't seem too over-saturated, however it does fall into some of the common pitfalls of HDR processing.

For example, there is quite a bit of haloing around the tree - it's not so easily visible in the full image (which is why it can be missed), but in the thumbnail it's very obvious. Also, the depth of field is too shallow as the horizon (and even the background trees) are out of focus, so I feel the image would have benefited from using a smaller aperture (larger f-stop) and changing the focusing distance. I would recommend looking up hyperfocal distance, as it's a useful thing to know about when shooting landscapes shots like this where you have objects in the foreground as well as background that you want to get in focus.

I would also question whether doing HDR processing for a shot like this was entirely necessary. Personally I would only ever use it if the dynamic range of the camera was simply not able to capture the range of lighting conditions within a frame, however everything here seems fairly well and evenly lit...
Posted By: nbocch
about 2 years, 5 months ago
I disagree with some of EvolutionIXMR's comments (respectfully, of course). I don't see any oversaturation. I think the colors work really well. There is a pastel-like quality to them, especially in the clouds. Also, I think the tree is positioned fine. It isn't centered at all, and gives a great view of the hazy clouds/sky to the right.

My only criticism would be that I wish there were another object in the right-background, if only to give the image more depth. It just seems like there is something missing. But hey, you can't just make a mountain appear, right? Haha.

Good job, thanks for the pic!
Posted By: Daddy_Gemini
about 2 years, 5 months ago
I also get my comments deleted a lot when I say I don't like something. What's the point of having a insightful or IMMATURE voting if you don't even allow anything close to immaturity? (Which I try never to be)

Like I said before, I don't know if I like this because of the gray sky from HDR and the camera is not high enough to show more mountains. However I think it's cool the tree is surviving in that rock and the root coming up is cool. That's the short version. Last time I went into more detail and I was most likely the first to comment but now my comment is just agreeing with other comments that got posted when mine didn't lol. I still love you IFL.
Posted By: koshka2006
about 2 years, 5 months ago
this image is literally perfect, flawless, the best photograph ever produced in the history of humankind!
Posted By: lcapps2002
about 2 years, 5 months ago
You're work is breathtaking! This is like taking a vacation around the world without leaving your home. Such clarity and beauty. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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