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  1. cardonalj

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    So as we all know, today is the 11 year anniversary of 9/11. Being that I joined the marines right after 9/11 and that I now live in NY and also that the freedom lights were going to be on today in memory, I decided to head to a nice vantage point and shoot the NYC skyline. Below are two pictures I got. One is HDR (ugh yea I know. Just wanted to try it.) and the other is a regular one with some editing. First the regular one

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    Let Freedom Ring by LJCPhotos, on Flickr

    I know the horizon looks off. I cant seem to get it leveled. stupid wide angle.

    and now the HDR shot

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    Let Freedom Ring HDR by LJCPhotos, on Flickr

    Three exposures taken at 1min, 30sec, and 15 secs. I dont know if i like the HDR shot more or not....


     
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    I'm loving the 'regular' one. I would clone out the white specks in the sky. Especially the bigger one image left of the lights.
     
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    damn those pesky stars lol
     
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    Very nice! Both of them have different appeal. Just curious, did you do a tonned down HDR edit? Dont get me wrong, I love a highly saturated HDR, but curious to see how it would look tonned down a little, but still keeping the nice detail.

    Keep the stars btw. Rule of thumb...ALWAYS keep the stars, unless...no wait...ALWAYS. :wink:
     
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    I did not do a toned down edit. Tjo Im thinking i could. let me see what I can do with less saturation
     
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    Loving the first shot...would make a nice desktop wallpaper. I vote keep the stars too lol
     
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    heres the HDR photo but less "cooked"

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    Wow! Much better, I like the edit the best. Really nice job on everything though. I love how well the 2 lights show up and, well just everything.
     
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    Thanks. Wasnt sure what the reception was going to be. but so far so good.
     
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    The uncooked HDR is the winner here. Then again, I like my HDRs medium rare so I'm biased.
     
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    Awesome!
     
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    Thanks a lot guys. I posted the uncooked version on my facebook and tagged a bunch of people. Already getting offers to buy it. and one person wants to put it up in her shop (bakery)
     

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