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Post Options Post Options   Quote Basil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 September 2018 at 17:03
Originally posted by Tricky01 Tricky01 wrote:

Originally posted by Basil Basil wrote:

Personally, I think the HDR versions look a little too unnatural. I like the fact that the foreground flowers are more visible, but the grass and leaves look strange. What would happen in you took image #2 and then played with the color saturation by reducing the yellows a bit?
Thanks for the suggestion. I think this is what you mean, and I quite like it...

That looks better to me. You could even isolate the tower and boost the reds a bit more to bring out the bricks.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Eclipse Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 April 2019 at 18:16
Originally posted by artuk artuk wrote:

Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Is it me or is the tower marginally out of focus? This may be due to the small image size, but it just jars. And yes, the sky in the HDR version is odd.

The sky in the original HDR version looks.like a HDR processed shot, complete with "halos" where the HDR local tone mapping has artificially created halos in areas light and dark areas meet.

The second version looks better, marginally more natural, but still looks rather artificial.

The Capture One version from a single exposure returns some reality to the image, and is probably my favourite.

My vote would go to the Capture One version too. I say that as a painter rather than a photographer, which may be significant. I had some teething troubles with Capture One, but I persevered (hadn't much choice thanks to my version of PS not having a RAW converter for the 99ii) and it does seem very capable at getting things out of the darker areas without mucking up the rest of a shot, which is the most important aspect of processing for me.
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