Fishing Pier at Dawn
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tom lozinski
Registered: Jul 14, 2011
Total Posts: 148
Country: United States

I'm not a fan of HDR but used it on this since the dynamic range was so high. I don't like having the horizon in the middle either but not sure if cropping would improve it. I turned the saturation up to 11 on this one but I like the look for now. Avon Fishing Pier by lozinskitom, on Flickr]Fishing Pier[/url]



AuntiPode
Registered: Aug 05, 2008
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Country: New Zealand

I like saturation, but even for me it's a bit over the top. You could consider creating more sky at the top to change the composition. It could benefit from some clockwise rotation. too.



tom lozinski
Registered: Jul 14, 2011
Total Posts: 148
Country: United States

Here is the image before any processing (straight out of the camera, all raw converter settings at default)

RustyBug, wouldn't a pure color be 255? I checked my histogram and no channel is clipped on the right. The pier does clip to black in some areas.


Avon fishing pier by lozinskitom, on Flickr]As shot pier[/url]



tom lozinski
Registered: Jul 14, 2011
Total Posts: 148
Country: United States

RustyBug, after rereading what you wrote I see what you're saying about the colors, not that they are two high, just that their complements are zero. Most likely from steep curves in LAB channels.



cgardner
Registered: Nov 18, 2002
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http://super.nova.org/EDITS/Pier.jpg

I did the edit with duplicate masked layers one with the midtone slider moved right to darken the sky and the other moved left to lighten the foreground. I then blended those layers in to the original with the masks.

http://super.nova.org/EDITS/PierSS.jpg

I cropped out the rocks on the right because the focal point here is the building and flag on the end of the pier and I didn't want the contrast / detail of the rocks to tempt the viewer to leave it. After cropping I noticed a minor detail I'd overlooked previously, the small solitary cloud that sticks up and mirrors the shape flag on the end of the pier.

Chuck



tom lozinski
Registered: Jul 14, 2011
Total Posts: 148
Country: United States

Thanks for all the suggestions. I didn't think adding extra space to the top worked so I went the other way and cropped the top off. I averaged the original with the HDR version and now those zero color values are gone (except for the blacks.) I straightened the horizon, cut the distracting rocks off the right side. I guess I'm a sucker for color because my version is still more saturated then all the suggestions, probably wouldn't print that well.



pier hdr averaged by lozinskitom, on Flickr