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    Parliment House Canberra

    Hello,

    This a photo of Parliment House in Canberra, it was taken on Australia Day from across the lake at the National Museum. I have applied some tonal adjustment using HDR Efex Pro. I am really impressed with the Nik range on offer. If you would like to see the original before the toning please let me know, any C&C most welcome of course.

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    Re: Parliment House Canberra

    For my personal taste, Jason it is over tonemapped. But many people like this approach. So, it is not an objective assessment, but a subjective comment.

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    Re: Parliment House Canberra

    A bit too much for me too - the sky doesn't look very real. But given that it's of parliament house, perhaps that's what you were going for

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    Re: Parliment House Canberra

    Thanks for the feedback guys. This was my first try with the HDR plugin from nik. I need to work on it some more, maybe pick a photo that would be better suited to tone mapping, I have seen photos of cars that have had the HDR/tone map done on them and look pretty good. I did do a B&W with SEP2 which I personally much prefer and have attached.

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    Re: Parliment House Canberra

    Hi Jason,
    a little overdone for me too, but I would like to see more of your work using you HDR plugin. As you say some compositions work better than others. Cheers

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    Re: Parliment House Canberra

    I prefer the B&W as well but there's still something about the clouds and sky that doesn't look right to me.

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    Re: Parliment House Canberra

    Hey Mal,
    Yeah I think that may have been a result of my overzealous processing trying to make the clouds more prominent in the original photo. I have added the original photo with no processing, you can see I did a bit of cloning as well to remove those items I thought got in the way.

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    Re: Parliment House Canberra

    You did a good job with the cloning. I'd try a B&W convert on the original and then have a play with it. I think it's worth a look

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    Re: Parliment House Canberra

    I think you are on the right track with this one, Jason. The cloning works and the image does need a bit more 'pop', but not quite as much as the first attempt. I'd be tempted to play with it some more as it's a great image to experiment with. You may be surprised at how far you can take this with a little more effort.

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    Re: Parliment House Canberra

    I like the potential in the sky, yeah overdone for my tastes in the original.
    But something like this?

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    Re: Parliment House Canberra

    Thank you all once again for the feedback and ideas. I have had another go of a redo of the original to bring out the clouds and colour a bit more, as well as a b&w conversion with SEP2, where I left it on the default and adjusted to what I thought was ok.

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    Re: Parliment House Canberra

    I think that last B&W works the best but I'm sure you'll figure out more tweaks as you get the hang of your new software.

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    Re: Parliment House Canberra

    Hi Jason

    Yes I think the last two images are good. One small point, judging by the flagpole, I think the image needs a bit of straightening.

    Dave

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