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Mercator waiting for the thunderstorm, HDR

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by f6cvalkyrie, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium

    during our trip to Ostend, I shot a pic of the Mercator in really difficult conditions : strange sky, backlighted ship, huge contrasts ....

    I struggled several hours to make an acceptable photo from it.

    In the end, the HDR merge function of Corel PaintShop Pro Photo X2 was used to generate this image.

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    Do you like it ?

    Comments and critique more than welcome !

    C U
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  2. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 14, 2010
    Tura Beach, Australia
    Love the image and love the grainy look to it. At first I wasn't sure about the colour noise at the rear of the boat but the more I thought about it, the more it tones in with the rest of the picture.

    Well done.
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  3. john1027

    john1027 Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 5, 2010
    Alexandria, VA USA
    I like it very much Rafael. Even with the conditions you had to deal with, I can almost feel the storm coming in looking at the image.
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  4. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    It looks great and reads very well.
    It is well worth the time spent processing it.
    Thanks for sharing,
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  5. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Very cool, Raf! I think the other worldly quality works really well with this one. Reality is in the eye and creativity of the photographer - perhaps we should call it photographic license?:wink:
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  6. DownUnderDog

    DownUnderDog Mu-43 Regular

    hey Rafael,
    love this shot, my suggestion is make the image much darker, this will enhance the storm sky, and help get rid of the noise in the foreground.
    Can you do this and post another image so we can compare?
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  7. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    Hi, DUD,

    if you're interested, I don't mind uploading the raw-file, then you can have a go at it yourself.
    I've tried to make it darker, but that just extends the noisy zone further into the pic.

    C U
  8. Pelao

    Pelao Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 3, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    I suspect it's a real challenge to get a fresh composition on this vessel. So the way I see it, you've taken advantage of other factors, such as the storm, and turned something 'OK' into something eye catching. Lots of texture and mood.
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  9. Pap

    Pap Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 16, 2010
    Fleetwood, PA
    I do like the look of it. I’ve tried that process in PSP 2 but so far nothing that I did turns me on.
    Your’s, on the other hand, is what I wanted.
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  10. DownUnderDog

    DownUnderDog Mu-43 Regular

    Sure Rafael, send it to me as a PM, and I'd love to show you my ideas. Perhaps a noise reducing program would help. I'm no wonder with Photoshop so it's not a competition.
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  11. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    PM sent, DUD !

    Have fun,
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