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Picadilly Circus HDR

Picadilly Circus HDR
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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) (67)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-22
Categories: HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Hoya 77mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-15 4:21
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Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I've been experimenting with HDR images for a little while, specifically with photomatix software but I've found it lacking. After seeing some great sample images on the net, I've been very disappointed with the results on some of my own images. Still, I persevered and have picked up a few tips. The most valuable lesson I have learned is that you shouldn't consider the image that comes out of the HDR software to be the final image. If you're not happy with it, fix it. I made quite a lot of adjustments to this one by using layer masks with the HDR image over the top of the original one. I'm pretty happy with it now. My main gripe now is the noise caused by using a single RAW file instead of proper bracketing, but can you imagine the mess if I had used 3 separate shots with all this movement?!

Comments, good or bad, welcomed. Tips also greatly appreciated!
Thanks for looking

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  • OWO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 70 N: 330] (2387)
  • [2008-02-15 4:30]

Hi Andy,

Keep experimenting and listening to tips pays off. Haven't tried HDR myself, so i'm no expert, but you seem to be getting the hang of it. Like the bilboard lighting especially.



Nice HDR! cool spot!

you don't need 3 separate shots with RAW, so I don't understand why you explain the noise by the use of a single RAW file
interesting colours
indeed the noise is quite disturbing

Great work, Andy. The noise is not disturbing me.

Hi Andy,
Wow this a very very well done photograph! Stunning colors, awesome motion blur and tones, The composition is very well balanced and just overall perfect. An amazing shot for me... congratulations!


A tip for getting rid of the grain in the dark colors... in photoshop use the "color Select" function and work with that to single out the dark colors (almost blacks if not blacks) then use the despeckle or reduce noise features as well as the levels functions to get the grain out and deepen the colors effectively smoothing them out and reducing grain... hope that helps.

Hi Andy
I think you did it well!
The light is very powerful and the compo is superb (that double decker seems to be in the right place in the right moment).
well done

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