Houghton Mill nr Huntingdon, UK

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Dangermouse1968, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. Dangermouse1968

    Dangermouse1968 Mu-43 Regular

    May 26, 2011
    As the enthusiasm is really flowing at the moment I got up at 5:15 am, yesterday to go to a local water mill. Here are the "normal" shots I got....

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54908182@N03/7840186430/" title="Houghton Mill August 22nd AM 038 by DavidM1968, on Flickr">[​IMG]"500" height="375" alt="Houghton Mill August 22nd AM 038"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54908182@N03/7840368272/" title="Houghton Mill August 22nd AM 021 by DavidM1968, on Flickr">[​IMG]"500" height="375" alt="Houghton Mill August 22nd AM 021"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54908182@N03/7840175162/" title="Houghton Mill August 22nd AM 042 by DavidM1968, on Flickr">[​IMG]"375" height="500" alt="Houghton Mill August 22nd AM 042"></a>

    The contrast was high as you can see so I tried my first ever HDR (which I posted in the HDR thread last night)....

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54908182@N03/7840396442/" title="Houghton-Mill-August-22nd-A by DavidM1968, on Flickr">[​IMG]"500" height="375" alt="Houghton-Mill-August-22nd-A"></a>

    I think I need to work on my HDR!!!

    Also, I temporarily lost my camera spirit level so I'm not sure i got the horizon quite right on some shots.

    I have a polarisor but some grey grads would come in useful.

    Any other tips please?

    Best wishes,

  2. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    Nice! I don't often get up that early, but you found some beautifully mirror smooth water. I'm not sure about the HDR - it looks a bit washed out next to the others. I think the water grasses take away from the mirror effect.
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  3. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    Great contrast between the mill house and the deep blue of the water. I like the juxtaposition of the particular shade of dark brown on the wood and the almost ebony shade of blue.
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  4. guzziknight

    guzziknight Mu-43 Veteran

    May 18, 2011
    You really need to bump up the contrast when doing HDRs. The process flattens the images out.

    Not bad for a first attempt, better than when I first started doing them!!
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  5. MattNQ

    MattNQ Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 31, 2012
    5:15am Wow, you are keen. A very interesting building there.
    Nice colours and reflections.
    I agree with the above comments on the HDR - needs a little more punch - that just takes practice & playing with it.