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herc182
07-27-2008, 03:37 PM
Been a while since I have been on here. Been away for a week, and decided to take some photos! These were all taken near castleton and the last one near Matlock. They are ALL HDR using Corel Paint Shop Pro

1:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3102/2708142836_3c27b8e3f3_b.jpg

2:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3166/2708130412_a19a84ae70_b.jpg

3:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3218/2706899287_0c4ae0d63e_b.jpg

4:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3243/2706745457_333b484906_b.jpg

5:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3121/2707577020_160f933814_b.jpg

6:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3132/2706752161_1f62aa73b8_b.jpg

Camerajunkie
07-27-2008, 03:42 PM
I like numbers 1 and 6 a lot. 1 is probably my favorite. Good job!

Aldor88
07-27-2008, 04:02 PM
Beautifull pictures, I've always had a thing for big opeen landscapes. Are the first 2 HDR?
The first is my fav, the B&W ones didn't really do it for me as i feel these kind of landscapes rely much on colour to make them pop.

Edit:
: noticed u mentioned that their all HDR :)

AdamW
07-27-2008, 04:10 PM
The color and lighting in #1 is great, and the HDR effect isn't way too extreme--as is often the case--but pretty effective.

I also like the composition in #5.

rawpaw18
07-27-2008, 08:00 PM
1 and 3 are stunners, I also liked another on your flickr page.

StuartN
07-27-2008, 08:12 PM
It's # 3 & 5 for me. Really like the composition of both. The clouds in 3 are really cool, and I love the way the road in 5 draws you into the image and the mountains.

Very nice work!

SpecialK
07-27-2008, 08:20 PM
All very nice, especially #1. The last one should have the water line level, though.

TheWengler
07-27-2008, 10:32 PM
The first 3 are very awesome!

herc182
07-28-2008, 01:23 AM
Thanks everyone.

I admit I was not sure about the black and whites. However, I thought they worked because I wanted the viewer to focus on the elements of the photo and not the colour (which wasnt amazing to be honest given the time of day).

I am really happy with the HDR I create with Corel as its very realistic and not obviously HDR.

Gintaras
07-28-2008, 01:24 AM
amazing images, 2 & 3 are my favorites. probably #3 eanrs a 1st place in my humble self poll. btw, i would love to see how #5 would be in color and HDR.

Rooz
07-28-2008, 02:16 AM
brilliant set. #1 is simply breathtaking. love the perspective of #5 aswell.

anco85
07-28-2008, 03:08 AM
Number 3 is awesome.

Good work man

craigyc
07-28-2008, 05:30 AM
Excellent images as usual Herc!

Just wondered... I've just got my Sigma 10-20mm and im going to Rhodes in a few weeks. Last time i went to greece i had my S3 and a polarizer. I loved the results i got with it and I want to use one again. But i have seen that on ultra wide lenses they have adverse effects. Do you think its still worth using one? I think i read on another thread that you use on on your 10-20

herc182
07-28-2008, 05:43 AM
Excellent images as usual Herc!

Just wondered... I've just got my Sigma 10-20mm and im going to Rhodes in a few weeks. Last time i went to greece i had my S3 and a polarizer. I loved the results i got with it and I want to use one again. But i have seen that on ultra wide lenses they have adverse effects. Do you think its still worth using one? I think i read on another thread that you use on on your 10-20

Thanks Craigyc!

Yes I use a polarisor and recommend it for sure. Yes you can get an uneven sky at times but it more than makes up for it in the rich colours you get. Its invaluable in my opinion and the first thing I buy for a new lens.

ErnieBall
07-28-2008, 09:20 AM
Wow, great pictures. This is my first post, and am a fairly new Nikon DSLR owner. I got a D40 about a month ago, and I absolutely love it. I have been taking pictures, and I have a pretty good grasp on what the camera does, what everything means, and how to change settings. That was first part. Now, my question to you, as a "newbie", is how do you get your landscape shots to look like that? Is a filter, post-picture adjustments, lens', or just your fantastic D80. Also, you mentioned HDR, and I have not heard that term before, can you explain that? I am at work right now (not doing much :) ) and when I get home I will post some shots and other questions I have about those specific shots. Thanks in advance for any questions of mine you answer, the information will help more than you know!

regards.

Edit: I have done a little research and found out what HDR is, High-Dynamic Range Technique. This is certainly something I want to get into. I have photoshop 6, and was wondering if it was on there (as I havent seen it). Where does one go to get the software for this type of editing?

herc182
07-28-2008, 09:31 AM
Hi Ernie, welcome to the forum.

My shots were all taken using the Wide angle sigma 10-20. This gives a slightly different view to the shots (e.g. clouds look more dramatic and elongated than with a standard lens).

Adjustments? I used HDR. see this link for a very thorough explanation http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?p=232450

Basically I try to record what the eye can see which is not what the camera can see (because the electronic chip cannot capture that range of tones with one photo).

I also nearly always adjust "curves" (http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/photoshop-curves.htm) and add a TINY amount of sharpening. I have only recently
done this as I found out that there is a filter on the sensor that counters the effect of moire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moir%C3%A9_pattern). In doing so it
softens the photos. this is worse on a DSLR than a compact as the latter produces more "print ready" photos. DSLR users generally want the freedom to change that
themselves so its left to the photographers discretion.

I also always have a polarisor on all my lenses. Invaluable and cant be recreated on photoshop or any software (no matter what they promise!).

Hope that answers your questions for now!

ErnieBall
07-28-2008, 09:38 AM
Hi Ernie, welcome to the forum.

My shots were all taken using the Wide angle sigma 10-20. This gives a slightly different view to the shots (e.g. clouds look more dramatic and elongated than with a standard lens).

Adjustments? I used HDR. see this link for a very thorough explanation http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?p=232450

Basically I try to record what the eye can see which is not what the camera can see (because the electronic chip cannot capture that range of tones with one photo).

I also nearly always adjust "curves" (http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/photoshop-curves.htm) and add a TINY amount of sharpening. I have only recently
done this as I found out that there is a filter on the sensor that counters the effect of moire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moir%C3%A9_pattern). In doing so it
softens the photos. this is worse on a DSLR than a compact as the latter produces more "print ready" photos. DSLR users generally want the freedom to change that
themselves so its left to the photographers discretion.

I also always have a polarisor on all my lenses. Invaluable and cant be recreated on photoshop or any software (no matter what they promise!).

Hope that answers your questions for now!

Thank you very much! -- I looked at your flickr account and I love your shots, absolutely amazing. What kind of polarisor would you recc? Like I said, I've got the D40 with the standard kit lens, and it is working out nicely for now, as I dont want to overburden myself with too much "stuff" and not focus on the actual art of photography, but slowly moving into filters and polarisors is what I want to do. Like I said, awesome shots, and thanks so much for all the help.. I will post some of my photos when I get home from work.

Beowulff
07-28-2008, 09:50 AM
Colour images are really beautiful and your HDR certainly isn't overcooked, considering the landscapes.

The B&Ws? Hmm... not too sure about the first one as it seems it may be lacking a subject. The second one... fabulous vanishing point.

All in all a great shoot.

Cheers :)

herc182
07-28-2008, 10:07 AM
Colour images are really beautiful and your HDR certainly isn't overcooked, considering the landscapes.

The B&Ws? Hmm... not too sure about the first one as it seems it may be lacking a subject. The second one... fabulous vanishing point.

All in all a great shoot.

Cheers :)

thanks. Appreciate it!

I am happy with the HDR at the moment. Its very close to what I saw on the day so that in my book is a success!

herc182
07-28-2008, 10:09 AM
Thank you very much! -- I looked at your flickr account and I love your shots, absolutely amazing. What kind of polarisor would you recc? Like I said, I've got the D40 with the standard kit lens, and it is working out nicely for now, as I dont want to overburden myself with too much "stuff" and not focus on the actual art of photography, but slowly moving into filters and polarisors is what I want to do. Like I said, awesome shots, and thanks so much for all the help.. I will post some of my photos when I get home from work.

Thanks Ernieball. I always buy Hoya polarisors on ebay. Much cheaper than buying them in normal high street shops. Others may recommend another brand.

I think you would do well to stay with kit lens for now (18-70mm?). its a very good one and you can work on composition.

ErnieBall
07-28-2008, 11:10 AM
I think you would do well to stay with kit lens for now (18-70mm?). its a very good one and you can work on composition.


18-55mm lens

craigyc
07-29-2008, 04:14 AM
Cheers Herc I just ordered a Hoya Pro-1 filter off ebay. Should work out well with the sun in Greece!

herc182
07-31-2008, 04:32 AM
good choice craig. never had any problems with those polarisors.

Visual Reality
07-31-2008, 03:55 PM
I stopped using Hoya because they were nearly impossible to clean.

Now I only use B+W and the quality is unmatched...plus anything comes off easily with my lens pen.

Great shots, as usual. You have a great technique with your gear and your HDR merging in PSP. I didn't like PSP, because it is poor at aligning photos, therefore in my back to back testing Photoshop CS3 always made sharper HDR merges. Sharp enough for no one to even know there was more than 1 picture taken.

This makes me want to get a wide angle lens. 17mm is pretty good, it gets me 25. But maybe I want more for that dramatic effect...

Also, I see you have great results with the polarization...I fully understand what it does, but I am having trouble getting accurate color using one. It does something to my pictures that I can't quite explain, and can't correct with WB. Maybe I need more testing...but I was getting better colors, especially blue sky and green grass by just using the Vibrance slider in ACR. The Polarizer tended to make my blue skies look purple/grey in comparison.

Prospero
08-01-2008, 07:10 AM
Phil, amazing shots.
I really like #1, it's just perfect. I also like #3 and #4 a lot.

I don't really like the compostion of #2, I think it would be better if it was easier to see the course of the road (now it is hard exept in the near foreground).
#5 is also nice, but I think I would like it better in colour.

Anyway, great job. Thanks for posting.

herc182
08-01-2008, 09:03 AM
Thanks Prospero.

The more I look at it, the less I like #4.

I agree #5 would look good with colour. The only problem was that I took it around midday so the sun made the sky very bland and the green grass a bit washed out.

herc182
08-03-2008, 04:21 AM
two more from my trip!

7:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3198/2727951158_b719ba5669_b.jpg

8:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3070/2727949530_9b94c63566_b.jpg

I added a soft glow to this one using tiffen filters. I really liked the outcome. As usual let me know what you think

Rooz
08-03-2008, 04:36 AM
#1 looks like a misfire to be honest. sorry mate, but i'm not feelin that one.
#2 i LOVE the effect. its got the magical sorta feel to it. brilliant stuff.

btw: since when have you restricted your flickr file sizes ? all i can see is the little thumbnail. ??

i think i'd like this one if i could see it !! lol
http://www.flickr.com/photos/philipduarte/2727129139/in/photostream/

herc182
08-03-2008, 05:13 AM
thanks rooz. Maybe its the black and white? Thumbnails? I have restricted anything (knowingly!).

Rooz
08-03-2008, 05:30 AM
the biggest file i can get to is the small one like in the link i gave above. i cant go to all sizes and get a slightly bigger one. maybe you always had it like that and i just noticed. lol

herc182
08-03-2008, 06:17 AM
are you logged into flickr? no-one else seems to have that problem....anyone else here have it?

Prospero
08-03-2008, 06:40 AM
I cannot get to the larger sizes of your pictures either. I am logged in. Perhaps the reason that it only works for some people is that you have set these people as friends and we're only contacts. Then, if you have set that only friends can access larger sizes, it explains why we can't get to these pictures.

About the pictures, I don't really like the first one either. I think the shadows are a bit too dark in this picture. Also, I don't really like the black and white.
Perhaps it would work better with a different composition. I do like the trees, with the one at the left hand side isolated from the others. Perhaps it would look better if you had taken it with a longer focal length and more to the right from the position where you were standing (if possible). That way you would get a better view on the trees with the interesting part of the sky behind it.

The second one is great. I like the soft glow effect. The only thing I would change is to crop a little on the bottom and right hand side, to get only the trees and grass in the shot. I think the bushes in the bottom distract a little.

herc182
08-04-2008, 02:39 AM
Thanks Prospero.

I really like the tree in the black and white but dont know how to convey it properly. Maybe tweak the black and white?

As for flickr. Can anyone help?! What settings do you have? I cant remember changing anything but think I changed who can download my photos (i.e. only me). Is that what it is?

EDIT: I have set it to "Your contacts" that can download. Let me know if that works! Thanks

Rooz
08-04-2008, 03:50 AM
done.
"on the fence" is just stunning

herc182
08-04-2008, 04:05 AM
Ah excellent.

Thanks Rooz, appreciate it. For the benefit of others (and to provide C&C!):

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3083/2727129139_e021bd144b_b.jpg

Prospero
08-04-2008, 12:10 PM
Thanks Prospero.

I really like the tree in the black and white but dont know how to convey it properly. Maybe tweak the black and white?

As for flickr. Can anyone help?! What settings do you have? I cant remember changing anything but think I changed who can download my photos (i.e. only me). Is that what it is?

EDIT: I have set it to "Your contacts" that can download. Let me know if that works! Thanks

On second thoughts, I think the picture does work in black and white if you crop it aggressively, for instance like this (hope you don't mind I edited your picure):

38642

I think the picture looks better when cropped like this, because the tree-line is more prominently in the picture.

The problem with Flickr is solved now, now I can see all your pictures in large size.
I really like that last picture as well. Very nice composition.

ErnieBall
08-06-2008, 07:22 PM
Ah excellent.

Thanks Rooz, appreciate it. For the benefit of others (and to provide C&C!):

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3083/2727129139_e021bd144b_b.jpg



that is incredible --- hdr? if it is , it is very subtle, which I like.

herc182
08-07-2008, 02:38 AM
thanks Ernie! No it wasnt HDR. The exposure was just right!

rawpaw18
08-07-2008, 04:59 AM
Seriously Phil, now your just showing off!:D

ErnieBall
08-07-2008, 09:12 AM
thanks Ernie! No it wasnt HDR. The exposure was just right!


which lens did you have attached for this?

herc182
08-10-2008, 03:48 PM
hey Ernie. Sorry, been away for a while. I used the sigma 10-20. Brilliant lens!