River Adur

Photo of the Week by alfpics

One from this morning. I took an HDR sequence, however this is processed from one of the images. I would value honest critique; eg does it look totally artificial. The land/ vegetation is pretty much a silhouette in the original
Uploaded19/12/2017 - 23:50
CategoryLandscape / Travel
Shutter Speed1/15
Aperturef/11
LensN/A
ISO320
Focal Length34mm
Views/Likes140/8

GedG
Posted 20/12/2017 - 00:29 Link
Nice image Andy. It doesn`t look artificial to my eyes.
GIULIO57
Posted 20/12/2017 - 04:51 Link
Simply beautiful. Its look is natural. Land and vegetation look natural and the evidence is their almost white tone due to morning freezed dew.
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Edited by GIULIO57: 20/12/2017 - 04:53
senn
Posted 20/12/2017 - 09:12 Link
superb dawn view and reflects captured, Andy ..
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tommyt
Posted 20/12/2017 - 09:15 Link
Must agree with all above comments. Great colours, lighting and the river leads you into the picture. Liked.
swarf
Posted 20/12/2017 - 09:24 Link
Very nice, and not artificial at all to my eyes - Liked.

I'd also like to see two other versions; one with the land completely silhouetted as you describe the 'original'; and a second with the levels of the land lifted a bit more, so that the frost is more obvious.

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Vuillaume
Posted 20/12/2017 - 09:33 Link
Agree with above - like i a lot.
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Dorset_Mike
Posted 20/12/2017 - 12:35 Link
Lovely, natural looking and well composed image. Liked.
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Nigelk
Posted 20/12/2017 - 16:24 Link
Looks great. Lovely photograph
autumnlight
Posted 20/12/2017 - 17:23 Link
It doesn't look artificial at all, love the processing, hang it on the wall!
morpheus71
Posted 20/12/2017 - 22:09 Link
Great lighting, hues, textures and journey in this🙂 The tonal range looks realistic - our eyes / brain compute a vast range of contrast in comparison with a camera's interpretation in a single frame
Posted 20/12/2017 - 22:09 Link
First rate... just the right amount of detail in the grass for me without over doing it... super shot...

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alfpics
Posted 20/12/2017 - 23:22 Link
Thanks everyone - much appreciated.
morpheus71 wrote:
The tonal range looks realistic - our eyes / brain compute a vast range of contrast in comparison with a camera's interpretation in a single frame

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I agree and it is roughly as i recall the scene, albeit the grass and frost were perhaps a bit brighter.

About the two other versions Phil; the one with brighter frost would take me a bit too long at present to try and process and still get a realistic sky & reflection. My attempts so far look pretty bad. The other is easier to do and I have posted it in Your Photos; link
Andy
davidwozhere
Posted 20/12/2017 - 23:23 Link
Doesn't look the least bit artificial. It's lovely - very like it was here yesterday morning - when I didn't have my camera with me !!
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derek897
Posted 21/12/2017 - 07:52 Link
Looks spot on to me,
Lovely shot.
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swarf
Posted 21/12/2017 - 09:09 Link
Andy

Many thanks for posting the silhouette version (which also works well IMHO), but having seen it I think that on balance I prefer this one.

Phil
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alfpics
Posted 22/12/2017 - 15:17 Link
Thanks David & Derek - and Phil!
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swarf
Posted 25/12/2017 - 10:51 Link
Andy - Congrats on POTW, well deserved.

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derek897
Posted 25/12/2017 - 11:31 Link
Really well deserved POTW, great shooting
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alfpics
Posted 25/12/2017 - 11:37 Link
A pleasant surprise! And thanks Phil & Derek
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GIULIO57
Posted 25/12/2017 - 18:43 Link
A well deserved POTW. Merry XMas and Happy New Year
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leep
Posted 25/12/2017 - 19:44 Link
Looks real good to me!
davidtrout
Posted 26/12/2017 - 18:43 Link
A good choice for POTW, well done. Its lovely and not at all artificial.
David
alfpics
Posted 30/12/2017 - 15:44 Link
Thank you Giulio, Lee and David!
Andy
PaulEvans
Posted 31/12/2017 - 07:29 Link
Agree with all of the above, doesn't look in the least artificial, as with other comments I agree it looks "like the eye would have seen" as opposed to "what the sensor captured". I also have played around with capturing files for HDR, and although I have seen very good, and natural looking, HDR work by others, my experience echoes yours. I have always been happier with the results I have got by processing a single RAW frame than by stacking and processing HDR. Having said that, shooting bracketed frames in wide contrast situations does maximise your chances of getting a perfect single exposure to work from!
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alfpics
Posted 31/12/2017 - 20:56 Link
Thanks Paul. The eye is amazing with its ability to adapt to the extremes of light level before it. And on the whole I agree that processing a single image can/ does produce a better result than trying to produce a totally natural look with bracketed HDR shots
Andy

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