One Extreme to Another C&C please

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  1. RobNZ

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    Had a day off today, but it is an overcast dull day so I set out to see if I could pull a shot together. I usually wouldnt bother.

    I went to a location that is close to my opposite picture as you may be able to make out by the rock formation on the beach in the distance.

    Technique: I used all 3 of my ND filters 2,4 & 8 and a polarizing filter to allow for longer shutter release and just used the auto bracket setting in full manual and shot RAW iso 100 with manual focus.

    Combined 2 exposures -2 and 0 with HDR photo merge in Paintshop Pro x2, manually adjusted clarify to about 63, then added a graduated filter, and finally a curves layer, soft light also at about 63%.

    Sorry for the long speel, but its more for my reference than anything :p

    I do like the effect, but I am not sure if its any good?
    Does it tell you a story?
    Does the shot produce any feelings?

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    So from dark and dreary to.....

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    I really like the red sky and reflection in the tide in the second, I'm a landscape noob myself but I think it looks great. Did you catch some sort of bird in it too?
     
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    I think your second sunset is lovely, if perhaps a bit too saturated. Composition, subject, all are very good. The first one, while very nicely composed is too surreal for me, too over manipulated. The only story it tells is that you are clever in post processing but, to me, nothing about the scene. I'd love to see the original...JSD
     
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    first one looks almost CG-like XD
     
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    I have wanted to know how to take photos like this for the longest time and I'm still clueless! Is this the camera capturing all these colors?! Or is there something that I'm just not aware of in editing or shooting?
     
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    OH! And that sunset is absolutely incredible!
     
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    Search HDR, thats what does it, i think all decent DSLRs have the settings to do those style
     
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    I really like the sky of the second one
     
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    The first shot is HDR from 2 images, the 2nd is not, but has been processed from RAW, levels tweaked and sharpness, then in Paintshop Pro x2 a graduated filter applied to bring out the the blue in the sky which also had the side effect of enhancing all the colours in the sky,then a curves layer applied with soft light, opacity set at about 63%.
     
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    Originals untouched other than resized for the net. I was shooting RAW+Jpg, so these are the Jpg's as the camera processed.

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    they are both very good, i like them! :)
     
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    I like the second one (maybe tone down on the saturation a bit though), but the first one just looks really odd to me...like it's completely digital. I don't know, maybe that's just me.
     

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