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High-resolution desktop wallpaper The Last Ray of Sunshine by Clémentlivolsi
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The Last Ray of Sunshine

May 25th, 2010

Taken from Quiberon peninsula in France during my holidays. I have made a 5 exposure HDR to have a greater dynamic range of luminances between the lightest and darkest areas of this sunset!

Nikon D90, Samyang 8mm Fisheye, ISO 100, 1/5 sec, f/11. Post-processing with Photomatix Pro.

47.494987, -3.146929

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: Chris Gin
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Looks like a nice place. The composition could be better though - more of the interesting foreground and less of the empty sky.
Posted By: acidphosphatase
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Mmmm I do like, but yes, perhaps a little less of the sky, focussing on the pool instead.
Posted By: Frostmint
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Finally a desktop worthy of respect. Very nice; thank you.
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: glaxotesm
about 14 years, 2 months ago
I like it very much, thanks!
Posted By: Bosque
about 14 years, 2 months ago
@Frostmint "Finally a desktop worthy of respect. Very nice; thank you"

As if any of the others respect less... The composition throws me off, but apart from the sky it looks awesome.
Posted By: rgraw
about 14 years, 2 months ago
@chris gin "The composition could be better though - more of the interesting foreground and less of the empty sky"

As a photograph, I might agree with you, but as a wallpaper that empty sky provides a space for icons - the purpose of a wallpaper to some extent at least?

Placed into my rotating wallpaper collection. Thanks!
This comment is rated: insightful
Posted By: Tel Me Later
about 14 years, 2 months ago
I like the composition and the lovely soft tones which are very relaxing to look at. I've had this via the Loupe Download feature for a little while and it already occupied pride of place as my desktop. I'm very glad it's made its way to the main part of the site.

Really lovely. Thank you Clémentlivolsi
Posted By: LowRhine
about 14 years, 1 month ago
I half agree with Chris Gin, but do think, the foreground could be optionally less too. Apart from that a really nice composition - thanks!!!
Posted By: bmndibbd
about 14 years, 1 month ago
The banding in the sky is very distracting and ruins the photo.
Posted By: Fates Hand
about 14 years, 1 month ago
I like it
Posted By: brizkit
about 14 years, 1 month ago
This is a really nice scene. I love the colors you captured. At first I thought Chris was being too picky, but after putting this on my desktop the sky does feel a tad barren (even on my little netbook). I'd love to see a recrop or another version entirely. I think this one deserves it.
Posted By: Travis McGough
about 14 years, 1 month ago
I think you did a fantastic job with the HDR editing. It doesn't have the "HDR" blurry look to it, which in some cases is pleasing, but I like how you made the image look like you had just snapped only one picture.
about 14 years, 1 month ago
"Worthy of respect" ... it's OK of a wallpaper but may be a bit far from that phrase. It is very obvious even from a thumbnail that this image was over-processed. I downloaded a while back through the loup and was not entirely amazed. I dare to be different from the rest of the commentators. This image would have been much better without burned HDR tone-mapping. The more exposures used in an HDR process the least satisfying results are usually rendered. If you carefully look from a thumbnail view around the center of of the cliff and to the right you will clearly see burned areas and uneven exposure. Personally I no longer engage in tone-mapping or much HDR with my processing since the process creates unrealistic and flat results most of the time. Don't get me wrong it is possible to achieve fantastic results with HDR but one have to be patient and very careful with the process. A double exposure and simple masking in photoshop would have achieved much better results in my opinion. Sorry for being to critical I am just getting fed up with the multitude of poorly processed HDR images on the web in general. I am not referring to this image or the loupe there is abundance of such images on Flickr and other photo sharing sites. I just wanted to share my thoughts. Cheers.
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: LTD602
about 14 years, 1 month ago
Gorgeous. So Surreal. Looks very crisp and the colours really make it pop. Nicely done!
Posted By: k. j. poulain
about 14 years, 1 month ago
Très jolie scène, je regrette cependant le petit manque de piqué procuré par l'utilisation du HDR. Je me demande si tu n'aurais pas pu faire aussi bien avec un seul RAW.
Posted By: WhiteDog
about 14 years, 1 month ago
I disagree with the critics of the composition. The volume of clear sky in the image balances the complex textures and patterns in the foreground, providing balance and contrast, both important elements of good composition. The critics also overlook to difficulty in avoiding cardinal mistake of splitting the image precisely in half by putting the horizon dead center vertically. You either have to put the horizon above or below the center line and out of frame elements in the scene often dictate the choice. In any case, if you don't like the composition, download a larger version than you need and crop it to size in Photoshop - or whatever graphics app you use. Lightroom and Aperture make it easy to use a graduated filter to darken the foreground. At the same time, you can darken the shadows as well to increase the appearance of depth in the image.

As for what is an appropriate amount of image adjustment in HDR, the technique is still quite new, not to say experimental, and, as is the case with all new methods of imaging, the results are bound to appeal to some people more than others.

For instance, HDR can - and often does - make a scene look unnatural. But who's to say that isn't the legitimate intent of the Photographer? Surrealism has long been a style in photography and the means to achieve such effects are legion. HDR is just the latest and, like those that preceded it, it is controversial. But just because some people are unhappy with the results doesn't make the technique invalid. Though, admittedly, some people use it to better effect than others, it's still a matter of taste and personal preference.
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 14 years, 1 month ago
Nice, clean, crisp, friendly, easy-on-the-eyes, pastel-ly...

...and a great job! Yes, some technical issues, but the colors are lovely!
Posted By: Xinthose
about 14 years, 1 month ago
great work!
Posted By: Clémentlivolsi
about 14 years, 1 month ago
@Chris Gin

I've made it 1/2 sky and 1/2 ground because it's a fisheye , if you take more foreground you will have a big distortion . it's not like a 10-20mm sigma

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