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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Red Rock Sedona


Here is one image of the Red Rocks of Sedona shot last year in late October. This is an HDR of two images, shot at 0 and -1. Processed in Nik HDR but the normal option chosen. I just wanted the sky and the foreground to be balanced. I used 2 stop ND grad but I felt that the sky was looking washed out in the "0" ev adjustment setting. I cloned out 5 or 6 people out of the frame, boosted the reds slightly and pulled down the saturation to around -10 or more. The setting sun does make this place come alive.

Your comments and criticism are most welcome.


Red Rock Sedona _DSC1829_HDR by _Maji_, on Flickr



Sep 24, 2013 at 02:01 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Red Rock Sedona


The HDR seems a little flat, so I went ahead and tried my hand and digital blending of the two layers. Which one do you like?

Thank you.


Red Rock Sedona _DSC1829 Blended by _Maji_, on Flickr



Sep 24, 2013 at 04:19 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Red Rock Sedona


Maji, very nice, I prefer the second version, it looks more alive.
Sasha.



Sep 24, 2013 at 04:32 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Red Rock Sedona


2nd for me, too.


Sep 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Red Rock Sedona


2nd is much much better. Nice shot and comp bud.


Sep 24, 2013 at 01:07 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Red Rock Sedona


Hey Maji,

I like the 2nd version the best here also.

Jim



Sep 24, 2013 at 03:37 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Red Rock Sedona


Definitely #2. Pretty amazing colors.


Sep 24, 2013 at 04:57 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Red Rock Sedona


Thank you everyone for your kind words. I guess I need to learn how to blend better as the result seems better than HDR.


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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Red Rock Sedona


It's a unique view of this icon- and very well executed.
I also prefer the second version, AMaji, although I edited the first one- using my old-and-discarded-by-almost-everyone techniques- and preferred it over your second rendition.
But it's all a matter of subjective taste.
Charlie



Sep 25, 2013 at 08:37 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Red Rock Sedona


Nice work. I really like this vantage point compared to the more often used ones in this location and have spent a lot of time in this exact spot. My only critique is that to my eye the image appears rotated to the left a little.


Sep 25, 2013 at 11:56 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Red Rock Sedona


Thank you Charlie. Yes, processing is all matter of taste and preferences, so there is no right or wrong.

Thank you rainshadow. I think you are correct. It is slightly tilted. I loved this location too. The flowing water can be used as a leading line and the colorful reflections are something I like. Also, just 4 or 5 people to clone out... that is something to like too



Sep 26, 2013 at 12:18 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Red Rock Sedona


I really like the second one you posted. The first is very nice as well but as you stat, flat (I fall into this trap quite often). Beautiful colors! Print it and hang it!


Sep 26, 2013 at 01:17 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Red Rock Sedona


2nd version is MUCH better.
Jon



Sep 27, 2013 at 04:11 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Red Rock Sedona


I like #2 much better. The rock faces look much more realistic - as does the sky. Also, I like the perspective.

Phil



Sep 27, 2013 at 05:16 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Red Rock Sedona


#2 is rather nice.

That said, I'd tone down the reflections a hair, and probably push the whole foreground down another 1/2 stop or so.



Sep 27, 2013 at 05:58 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Red Rock Sedona


Thank you guys for your comments and suggestions.

Greg,
I understand what you saying but then I used two exposures so that I could keep the foreground brighter. I will check out how it looks when I pull down the exposure a bit.
Thank you for your suggestions.



Sep 27, 2013 at 02:22 PM





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