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HDR Coucher du Soleil

HDR Coucher du Soleil
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Copyright: Galder Jon Arguinzoniz (galderjon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 526 W: 87 N: 574] (2755)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: PENTAX K_x, SMC PENTAX-DA L 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 AL, SanDisk SD-HC 8GB
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-02-20 19:28
Viewed: 2253
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the second and last HDR I am posting of this beautiful coast side in Bayonne.

The previous one had the opposite ratio sea-sky:
In this one the sea is more important while in the previous one the it was the sky.

I like the textures of the small waves and the lead in of the rocks into the sea, breaking the skyline. But I find this one a little bit 'overcooked' as I am still a rookie in HDR.

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-02-20 20:43]


Very nice job here. Very fine detail and sharpness with this fine composition.

One thing I have tried using HDR is to do a HDR layer and blend it with the standard color image layer. Depending on the effect you want, I set the opacity of the HDR layer from 50-80%. This blending sometimes will reduce the "halo effect" often found in pure HDR images.



Nice go at the HDR Galder. This one is better. The last one with more sky showed more distinctive haloing around the clouds, and the other problem with HDR which is tht of the blue sky turning grey!
This one has come out really well - the base image is sharp and clear.

The over-cooked area is around the pier. But you'll get better with practice. Personalli I believe HDR is a great tool if used in a subtle way.


Greetings Galder,
similar to changing an image from a colored image to a B&W so it is with an HDR, well I found that anyway.I find that you still have to do some additional PP work to fine tune the look you want.You can do this in several ways & the more you read up on it ,the more ways to get there.Check out Rminkow methods ,same to for LAB, or Caledonian.Linda's or Michelle & Berger.I Have done a WS to compare a little less cooked image

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2011-02-21 1:22]

Hi Galder...
Nice shot with so nice colors, composition...
Nice work and presentation...

Hi Jon.
Beautiful scenic beach site captured with beautiful wide angle composition and the HDR makes drama to your presentation.
My Best Regards

Hello Galder,

very nice capture of this dramatic scenery. Great colours and high point of view overlooking the sea.

- Jan

  • loribird Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 109 N: 1182] (5561)
  • [2011-02-21 15:38]

Galder I think this is fantastic. Beautiful color, sharp detail, great dof and pov. Absolutely superb presentation. Great shot. TFS, Lori

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2011-02-21 17:06]

dear Galder,
a beautiful view shot of wonderful ocean and rocks,
colors and contrast are well controlled by your HDR edition,
especially light sky and relatively dark fore sea and rock are well adjusted to make picturesque scene,
thank you for your excellent shot,

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2011-02-22 12:21]

Hi Galder,
Great PoV and good work with the HDR, I have seen lots of 'overcooked' HDR images and posted a few myself - I think they convert to superb monochrome shots! this is one of those shots. Nice work and great PoV. Best wishes

So you are in HDR processing Galder , well there is a beginning to everything , this is a very interesting technique , for what little i know and what i have seen , a lot in fact , indeed you can go to extremes realizing a HDR image and still obtain outstanding results , old car shots look great when 'overdone' but doing so with landscapes in my opinion will get me more amused than convinced , taking your last postings as exemples i can say that both photos are as you say 'overcooked' more or less equally nonetheless still presentable as such , the 'feel' is more artistic than reality but keep experimenting Galder ,you ae on the right track in my opinion just polish up your procedure a bit , probably easier said than done , hey i have yet to do one myself so i raise my hat to you for wanting to advance in your photography ,thank you for sharing , my respects,

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2011-03-02 10:43]

Bonjour Galder Jon,

Good try at HDR. I agree with David that HDR is an excellent tool to improve images when used in a subtle way. However it also depends how you wanted to interpret the image, because YES, HDR can also be used to create an amphazed local contrast to reflect a specific vision.

So HDR can be used to improve lighting, and HDR can be used to give a specific style to an image. So up to you to use it discreetly or creatively. Nice work and TFS.


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