A&P My First Attempt at HDR v.Tree

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  1. percent

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    say what?
     
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    what was your bracket setting, how many shots, exposure setting, program used?
     
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    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    Meh. Start working on composition, etc instead of HDR.
    A lot of people take super shitty pics and try to make up for it by rendering an HDR image. Not saying that's you, but just saying that's many people in general who bastardize this type of imagery.

    What i'm saving is - I hate HDR for non-wide angle landscape photos.
     
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    bracket at .7, 7 shots, 35mm, f7.1, 1/180, iso 200, Photomatix Pro, taken handheld

    Here is the original, uncropped neutral shot (metered for the trunk)

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    Gromer Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K!

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    At least HDR something interesting :hs: And crop out his little buddy on the left side of the frame.
     
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    I don't even know what to say to someone who doesn't find this tree interesting :dunno: I probably stared at it for 45 minutes, talking about it with my friend, before i got my camera out and took the picture. Though I do realize I like plants alot more than most people...I do work as a biologist.

    That particular tree had a unique shape and was lit just perfectly imo.
     
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    Bro. Seriously, how much mescaline did you take. Really, bro. Bro.
     
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    :rofl:

    I think it is an interesting tree myself, but that doesn't mean you can just point the camera at it from the sidewalk, press the button and get an image that strongly conveys what is interesting about the tree. These are two very different things.
     
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    I spend most of my time outdoors. Never done mescaline. You still learn to developed an appreciation for things. Ed Abbey said he could write an entire book about a single tree. Not a single species of tree, but a single individual. I'm the type of person who would read that book.

    On one level I agree its a little pointless; but if you say a tree is not interesting, but pictures of cars and buildings are, I just have to laugh.
     
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    Do you do anymore pp on the shot after your hdr conversion? I find most of my work comes after photomatix, whether it's fixing contrast etc. that was lost, or adjusting colors and whatnot. I try to tone the hdr down so it isn't so over the top like some people use.
     
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    You hit the nail on the head. I'm not totally happy with the picture. I was totally happy with the tree.

    I feel like the tree in the HDR didn't stand out enough and in the original too much. Maybe I need to play around more with the photomatix settings.
     
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    No more photomatrix.

    Start working on composition, etc instead of HDR.
     
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    In your opinion, is this shot well composed?

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  17. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    I'd say yes.

    The ground level in the tree photo is off. Not level.
     
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    Only i take amazing HDR shots.

    ...nuff said/
     
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    I fixed the horizion, cropped out most of the understory, added some contrast and did a few other small things. Thank you for the advice.

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    I still feel like the tree gets lost in the other trees. Oh well.
     
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    The problem you have with this shot is simply that your subject is carelessly plopped on top of a bunch of distracting background elements (clouds, boring row of trees). If your subject is the only interesting thing in the frame, and in this case it is, then it needs to dominate the frame one way or another, by taking it all up or by being alone in it.

    What you have instead is a muddled form that blends into the background, the eyes wander around and the point is lost by never being made.

    Trees don't stand out against trees, so you needed to get the other trees out of the picture, either by cutting them down or shooting from a different angle. The latter option is probably easier.

    I'll leave it to others to tear apart your post, but to my eyes the best image you've posted has been the original unmodified one.
     
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    MSIGuy om nom nom nom!

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    If your picture sucks before HDR, it'll suck after HDR.
     
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    This^

    ok...so this thread needs another tree. It can use some cleaning up in Adobe, but you get the picture...
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