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    Its that pier again!

    Hope I'm not boring you with theses shots of Southwold pier , somehow keeo going back for more! This one is 3 shots at -2,0,+2 EV processed through Photomatix Pro and CS4. Comments welcome

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    Re: Its that pier again!

    Its a nice shot, makes a change to see a blue sky over the pier!

    But, can you clone out that little square thingy showing above the rock, its annoying me.

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    Re: Its that pier again!

    Quote Originally Posted by crusty View Post
    Its a nice shot, makes a change to see a blue sky over the pier!

    But, can you clone out that little square thingy showing above the rock, its annoying me.
    Hadn't noticed until you pointed it out. perhaps this will show where it comes from.

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    Re: Its that pier again!

    cool...nice blue rocks

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    Peter I love the first image. Nice clean lines and an interesting composition. I think this is because the pier lead you into the left third and finishes plumb centre of the vertical plane. The pier leads the eye to the rocks rather than rocks commanding the scene which is unusual. Nice work

    Steve

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    Re: Its that pier again!

    With regards to the first shot (which I also prefer), I'd suggest three minor things ...

    1. Don't centre horizons, unless your shooting a symetrical reflection (and not always even then),

    2. Be aware that photomatix tends to over-saturate things, and

    3. If you'd taken perhaps 1 or 2 steps backwards the rocks on the left would have been just a little less dominant compared to the pier.

    I've cropped a little sky out, and desaturated the rocks a little here ...

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    Re: Its that pier again!

    nice work Colin,,,it apiers better than the O'rig.

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    I don't blame you for keeping going back to Southwold, I wish there was some where like that near me.

    First of your two shots for me as well.

    I like what you have done with this though Colin, works better with the crop, back to the idea of thirds which is more pleasing to the eye. taking a little saturation off the rocks as made them less over bearing.

    Lincs1

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    Now that I'm in the office and looking at this on my "real" monitor I'm inclined to think that the rocks are still a bit "over-cooked" saturation wise ... rest of it looks OK though.

    The rock colour is similar to what I often get using LAB colour - it's great for bringing out subtle colour variations, but can definately be overdone to the point of looking unnatural.

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    Re: Its that pier again!

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    Now that I'm in the office and looking at this on my "real" monitor I'm inclined to think that the rocks are still a bit "over-cooked" saturation wise ... rest of it looks OK though.

    The rock colour is similar to what I often get using LAB colour - it's great for bringing out subtle colour variations, but can definately be overdone to the point of looking unnatural.
    Yah but how do you know thats not what they actually look like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinbythebeach View Post
    Yah but how do you know thats not what they actually look like?
    Because you can never use the terms "Photomatix" and "that's what they really looked like" in the same sentence (although I just did!).

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    Re: Its that pier again!

    I like this picture. I can see how HDR works for this type of scene.

    I have a question: can you just use standard CS4 HDR function to produce this picture from your 3 shots, without using Photomatix program?

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    Re: Its that pier again!

    Quote Originally Posted by Yan Zhang View Post
    I like this picture. I can see how HDR works for this type of scene.

    I have a question: can you just use standard CS4 HDR function to produce this picture from your 3 shots, without using Photomatix program?
    Hi,
    You can use CS4 but I prefer the results from Photomatix, besides I had that program before I got CS4.

    Peter

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