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High-resolution desktop wallpaper Calton Hill, Edinburgh by richardsim7
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Calton Hill, Edinburgh

August 24th, 2010

An HDR panorama of Edinburgh, Scotland from Calton Hill on a beautiful summer evening. HDR tone-mapping done in Photomatix, edited in Adobe Photoshop CS5 to remove lens flare.

Nikon D5000, AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II lens, Manfrotto tripod.

55.9547943, -3.184262

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: Ben Gustafson
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Even though I'm not a fan of HDR; I really think it is used well in this image. The sunset and cloud colors are quite nice looking. Good job!

Nothing I would change... Although it would be interesting to compare it with a non-HDR version just to see the difference.
This comment is rated: insightful
Posted By: josephwm
about 13 years, 11 months ago
It's a nice scene, and the warm colours in the foreground are great.

Could this HDR not be taken at 18mm to fit it all in? You obviously have some out of focus areas with some of the shots that look horrible after stitching on the panorama. HDR panoramas are tricky, one must be extremely careful to have identical focal and camera settings for each frame, otherwise you will get errors such as this.
Posted By: isak
about 13 years, 11 months ago
hey man, I really like the view over the city and the clouds :)

Just wondering if this is an unedited picture color wise? Because to me, it looks like fake colours... but thats just me, and I am in no way, shape or form professional in any way when it comes to photography. I just love great photos. :)
if there is a totally unedited photo somewhere Id love to get my hands on that one :)
thanks! :) keep it up!
Posted By: cemimo
about 13 years, 11 months ago
A really good looking wallpaper.
A very nice view and beautiful collors.

Now im just staring at my desktop :)
Nothing I would change.
Posted By: stubulman
about 13 years, 11 months ago
@Richardsim7, I am not lambasting your work, so please forgive any perceived criticism. Yours is a classically beautiful shot. I just felt this was an appropriate opportunity to pose the following question:

This is technical question: is HDR necessarily synonymous with deep saturation?

As I understand it, the eye can capture a greater dynamic range than the camera. Through multiple bracketed exposures this deficiency can be overcome. When blending these exposures, "shouldn't" saturation be taken into account? I know that if the photographer intends a given photograph to exhibit enhanced saturation, that is his or her choice; however, it seems that most HDR images presented here have deeper than "normal" saturation.
Posted By: steveof88
about 13 years, 11 months ago
this is fantastic, i come here to get awesome wallpapers & this will be on mine for awhile

i wouldnt want to change anything about this image, id be curious to see original just to compare

keep up the good work :D
Posted By: richardsim7
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Wow, thanks guys! I can't believe my picture got through :D

BJBProductions: here's what a non-HDR version would have looked like:

Unfortunately they seemed to have messed up my dual-monitor version, I uploaded a 5120x2560 version but they've cut it to 2560x1024 :\

So here's what the full version looks like: http://localhostr.com/files/6c45c8/Calton%20Hill%20Panorama%20HDR%20Dual%20Monitor.jpg
about 13 years, 11 months ago
@richardsim7: sorry about not uploading the multi-monitor versions right away.

11 new resolutions have been added and are now available for download.
Posted By: kevin712
about 13 years, 11 months ago
wow! so many resolutions I had to search hard for mine ;).
Great picture, love the perspective and contrast of colors, looks great on my 24" monitor

A little bit of a blur appears toward the right side of picture, but easily ignored great work.
Posted By: Frostmint
about 13 years, 11 months ago
The blue sky with clouds, the HDR, the perspective.

A bit too much yellow saturation. The distance perspective from the foreground to the background is not very pronounced.
about 13 years, 11 months ago
WOW! This is nothing short of amazing! What a lovely place and such a gorgeous pano you have captured of it. This makes a great wallpaper.

I believe this is one dramatic image however in my humble opinion I don't think you really gained anything with your HDR processing though except some color saturation. I prefer the original image over this HDR one even though I love both of them. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your approved submission. Cheers.
Posted By: pauliepaul
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Incredible colors and detail. Truly amazing. Looks almost unreal. My new desktop

I can't see how changing anything would help much
Posted By: Chris Gin
about 13 years, 11 months ago
I like the colours in the non-HDR version. The composition is nice though.

The HDR saturation is just too much IMHO and there is some major sharpness issues on the right hand side.
Posted By:
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Great view. Very calming, beautiful scene.
I love these hilltop shots.

I prefer the non-HDR. I also like the sun in the original pic. I like the wide aspect ratio of the original, so I made a letterbox version of the original pic for my own desktop.
Posted By: karswell
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Excellent photo, superb colours.

I do prefer the non HDR pic.

i wouldnt change anything, i prefer it just the way it is.
Posted By: furklum
about 13 years, 10 months ago
The unprocessed ("non-HDR") version looks much better to me, although it does need some luminosity boosting on the right-hand side.

Have you uploaded the unprocessed version anywhere?
Posted By: richardsim7
about 13 years, 5 months ago
Thanks for the comments guys!
Not sure if anyone's still following this but I've been re-doing the image so no more focus issues etc and less HDR.

Here's a comparison

Posted By: golich3
about 11 years, 7 months ago
this image is very nice and in traditional and natural place

i think if the picture was taken in panorama method it was excellent

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