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Tea Plantations in Kerala - India

December 13th, 2010

The tea plantations in Kerala are a beautiful sight as the green tea bushes cover the gentle hill slopes and form a green mantle over the surface of the hills.

Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens, Adobe Photoshop.

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Posted By: shankru85
about 13 years, 7 months ago
Thanks for show-casing God's own country Kerala. I am in TamilNadu and have been there more than twice and i simply love it. The best place in India.

Photo is awesome ! No complaints from my side.... Please submit more of such images from kerala.
Posted By: K
about 13 years, 7 months ago
Oh, gosh, perhaps the original landscape was gorgeous. But I don't understand the point of this greenish dull picture.

Honestly, I wonder how this picture has made it through the Loupe. I must have lost my taste, but the only thing I can say is that removing all post-effects and retain the original almost assuredly would improve it.

It is quite strange, because all of your other pictures are really good, as far as I can tell.
Posted By: Rems
about 13 years, 7 months ago
The scene is really pretty and I get why you would want to accentuate the vibrant green color of the leaves, but a green sky just doesn't work for me.
Posted By: Bharath Wootla
about 13 years, 7 months ago
The green tint was used for a soothing look for the eye. I don't understand the dull part. The image looks good on my screen, guess it is the brightness. I assure you the original image is no good as compared to this HDR image. Thanks however for your comments.
Posted By: cmplxaud
about 13 years, 7 months ago
I really like the setting of this wallpaper, but I would love to see the original. I agree with the other posters on the color of the sky, and I personally would love to see what the original looked like before the processing.
Posted By: Bharath Wootla
about 13 years, 7 months ago
Could someone suggest as to how I can add the original image., thanks.
Posted By: Chris
about 13 years, 7 months ago
what a great image this is! love the bright green color, and the background looks like it's never-ending. have this piece of beauty on my desktop right now!!!
Posted By: K
about 13 years, 7 months ago
The picture is dull because everything is greenish even the parts that should contrast. It is not a pixel-by-pixel contrast matter, but a matter of contrast between areas, or zones.

HDR for a full day picture does not make sense most of the times and -- like here -- quite often produces bad results. Please try contrast masks, LBA decomposing and filtering or other processes that imitate the old and proven techniques of film printing. Please use HDR only for the few cases when it is required or beneficial, making a picture not looking as an HDR picture. Like this one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elenanorthroup/5244233287/in/contacts/

I think you can upload the original picture on Picasa and post a link. I don't know if there is anything more you can do.
Posted By: Bharath Wootla
about 13 years, 7 months ago
Hi K, Here are the original and the other version uploaded to Picassa.

Original Image

HDR Image
Posted By: Strato
about 13 years, 7 months ago
I understand what K is saying however being all green or too green is a common theme with Kerala or an image representing it. I think its fine using the HDR. Its on my desktop and it made me smile.

I think its fine the way it is. The sky is dull in the HDR because the clouds look amorphous. That is a typical Kerala skyline sometimes. The orginal shows the sky and clouds better but it looks gloomy compared to the HDR.
Posted By: tony_danza
about 13 years, 7 months ago
I think it's quite nice, actually. Very lush and "alive", I guess. Gives me the impression of moss.

I think the HDR image you uploaded (minus the green effect over top) is actually much better.
Posted By: cmplxaud
about 13 years, 7 months ago
Having seen the original now, I definitely like the HDR version better. It's nice to see how you were able to transform the original, which was rather dull.

The sky is the only thing that is a little dull, but you can't control the weather. Otherwise the HDR is a great improvement on the original.
Posted By: K
about 13 years, 7 months ago
Guys, I have seen the original and I admit there was little to do, because the picture was a poor original to work from. Having said so, our life is full of pictures that we reject because they failed to deliver what we expected. I have attempted a quick fix and there is nothing to save the sky. Enhancing the color of the sky just make it worse, because it becomes posterized owing to the limited color range -- almost washed out.

Next time I would consider:

a) bring a tripod, take three different frame to extend the dynamic range and combine them thereafter.
b) alternatively choose stepping down 1ev to retain some more detail of the sky hoping that the dark end remains usable
c) using a neutral degrading filter on the camera
d) wait until there is more sun, avoiding direct sunrays to hit the front lens (I understand this is not an option in this case)

HDR can be used with a grain of salt to improve an average picture and make it vivid. I stand by my initial aesthetic judgment. Sorry. It has nothing to do with the ability of the photographer, who has published far more pleasing efforts and seems to know his stuff behind a camera.
Posted By: AP
about 13 years, 7 months ago
This author has other pictures that are very good. I voted for Amsterdam, Munnar, Bitche Lakeview and another one...
Posted By: Bharath Wootla
about 13 years, 7 months ago
Thanks to AP for the votes for my other images, I do hope that more people would vote on the Loupe and that they can be appreciated by many more like this present image
Posted By: Calmly Traveling
about 13 years, 7 months ago
I'd agree the colors are a bit hazy but since I like tea themes I don't mind.

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