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Alloy Wheel

Alloy Wheel
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Copyright: Robert Blackmore (falcon53) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 55 W: 0 N: 176] (1119)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2008-06-14
Categories: Transportation, Artwork, Experimental, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Nikon D80, Tokina 12-24mm f/4, Marumi Circular Polarizer 77mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-16 11:05
Viewed: 1406
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot last summer with my old D80, but have included it here following experimentation with recently purchased tone mapping software (Photomatix 3.0).

I used the new software to blend five differently exposed jpegs, and tone map in order to draw out more details in the shadow of the wheel arch.

Photoshop elements was used (initially) to process the original single RAW file five times (at varying exposure levels) before conversion of each to jpegs; and latterly for conversion to sepia tone.

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Robert HDR seems to be getting a bad press with certain people on the site just now. But to me if used sparingly it really works.

Whether you use 1, 5, 7 or 30 images the end justifies the means as far as I'm concerned no matter what post processing you use.

And this is a case in point, I don't think this sort of result could be achieved in camera.

A cracking image worthy of any car mag.



PS (Just got off my soapbox,,sorry)

Hi Robert.

Very nice POV and composition. The result of calibration looks great as well as the sepia conversion. I would be interested to see the original picture in workshop; do you mind ?


Hi Robert,
Nice photo with a great POV. Nice reflection against the glossy paint and sharp details. You can even see the brake dust on the outer edge of the rim.

Thanks for sharing,

Hi Robert,
Wonder how much detail you would have gotten without the tone mapping but in light to what i am able to observe here this experimentation is conclusive and obvious , good clarity and definition , i have a hunch that, well it's just me but i see this shot in colors , nonetheless i am quite pleased and comfortable with this sepia version, oh well,

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