My First Tone-Mapped Shot

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  1. musicaleCA

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    That I'm happy with and didn't chuck in the bin anyway. 8 exposures, merged and tone-mapped in Photomatix Pro (Ah, so much better than Photoshop in this regard). C&C on my processing would be appreciated. (There's a little ghosting of the clock hands, but that's to be expected.)

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    Good morning. Bump for great justice?
     
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    Well restrained on the settings. I was expecting it to look like I was tripping on some psychedelic drug.

    Unfortunately it's the subject and composition which does nothing for me. I can't really tell what is supposed to be the subject, the sky or the clock.
     
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    Hrm, was going for the clock, really. I would have gotten closer but there's a ton of construction (again??!!?!? What, is my tuition paying for a full-campus makeover?) around that area. :-/

    And thanks; the psychedelic-drug effect is not something I want to get in my tone-mapped photos (well, I don't think...maybe it might work for a photo...somewhere down the line...probably not). :lol:
     
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    To me, it looks like it's leaning???
     
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    Careful, some of us, from the Age of Aquarius, have fond memories of how tripping on some psychelic drug gave our artistic procilvities a boost during our misspent youth.

    How do you think we ever came up with the idea of tie died t-shirts? :lol:
     
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    It's caused by the perspective. I really need to find a better spot to shoot that tower from. If only I could get on to the roof of one of the buildings nearby...
     
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    Very nice.

    I'm also in the "less is more" camp when it comes to tone mapping. I've rarely seen a heavily done image that works, artistically. This one is nice. I would prefer it if the perspective were corrected.
     
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    I know this is just a matter of personal opinion but I find some 'heavy' HDR works but not when it's just 'reality+'.

    The 'heavy' stuff needs to move into the realm of the surreal to stand a chance for me.

    And the more of it we see the harder it is to come up with something 'fresh'.
     
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    I saw the effects of this drug. Something called Pink Floyd. You old timers and your music taste ours is so much better. "Hit me baby one more time" :p
     
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    I remember going into London on the train one day and seeing a very large, very pink, pig floating above battersea power station.

    Which was odd as I did not remember having taken any of 'that' sort of drug for some years.

    You can see the end result of their shoot here

    (The pig actually looked a lot bigger from the train which was much closer than the camera position.)
     

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