Central Park, New York - HDR - C&C

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  1. Parker219

    Parker219 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    It was a cold, foggy day in New York...my goal was to show the contrast between the peaceful park and the hustle and bustle of the city.

    I use a method that I really like for HDR.

    I only take one photo, however once in light room I make 3 copies of it. One -2 on the exposure, one normal, and one at +2 exposure.

    Then I export those 3 files in to photomatix.

    That way I don't have to worry about ghosting, alignment, ect.

    Wondering your thoughts on the processing or anything else.

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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    To be honest, it's not doing much for me. I like the scene well enough, but the processing just seems... unnatural.
     
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  3. Parker219

    Parker219 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Fair enough. Can you put your finger on what feels unnatural?

    The more I look at it, I think maybe the color of the sky is off.

    Also, I am losing image quality somewhere along the process, the original looks a lot better on my screen.
     
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    Parker219 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Would you prefer one later in the day, towards night?

    2. New-York-water_final-edit.jpg
     
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    Parker219 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    I will keep posting photos until Tirediron likes one! :1219:
     
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    Parker219 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    4. New-York-closer-bridge_final.jpg
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I think it's just that the lighting doesn't seem 'right'; my photographers' brain knows that scene couldn't exist that way in that lighting...
     
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    waday Do one thing every day that scares you Supporting Member

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    I agree with @tirediron... 1, 2, and 4 have lighting that looks pretty unnatural, the sky doesn't appear to be correct, and the colors are too saturated. The white balance also seems off on several of them.
     
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    vintagesnaps Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    My thought was it's a lot of blue. The buildings are blue, the bridge is blue. HDR to me often seems to look overprocessed and artificial, maybe more adjustment would tone down the color.
     
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    spiralout462 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    In number one my eye goes directly to that red and green thing on the top of that building (left-center). I can't seem to force myself to look at anything else. I think if that was toned down some it would be a more pleasing composition.
     
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    Your opening shot has the saturation way too high, and no shade, so it looks unnatural.
     

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