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Reflections of the Past - HDR
Posted By: The Pentax Hammer, 09-17-2007, 10:09 PM

Leaning against a lamppost to steady myself without a tripod... I took three RAW exposures for this photo. The old building is the beautiful McKay Tower. The new building is... well... just another glass building.

Hmm... looks like a giant HD TV... with a lousy picture.

Criticism and comments appreciated.

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09-17-2007, 10:19 PM   #2
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Whoa!!! That's a great shot!
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What he said ♠

That is a really cool shot!
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Wow, stunning! Love the reflections. Surreal!

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Go cut those trees down and try again! Just kidding!

Awesome shot; it takes a good 'eye' to spot things like that. I like it!
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Wow, It`s a great final result and particularly as you did this (sort of) hand held and to be able to get the shots to line up so well (the leaves can be trouble and show ghosting without a tripod). Love the colour of the sky and the deep blue of the top of the new building. Very well done. IMO I would crop the bottom just a tiny bit or clone out the red (spots) in the lower right side.

As you saw I`ve just started using this process as well and can see tremendous potential with it for certain difficult exposures. I think for some shots it will change how we shoot and look at a scene. I never worried too much about the bracketing feature in the camera but now....
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Beautiful shot, great way to capture the old against the new.
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Thanks guys!

Surprised me, but somebody picked this off of Flickr, and posted it to the "Michigan in Pictures" web site for pick of the day on 9/17, and for "Grand Rapids Photo" on 9/18 as the second pick of the day. Pretty cool!

Reflections of the Past Michigan in Pictures

2007 September 18 Grand Rapids Photo blog

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Great shot. The only thing I might try different is a portrait orientation where you couldn't see the borders of the glass building. Framed right it's almost look like the distoreted reflection was landscaped, which would have been nice and surreal. But that's more me seeing an opportunity for a differnt photo than anything wrong with what is there.

I think the HDR worked great on this one.
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That is one Heavy Duty Rendition of an awesome photo and Post Processing ....
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Fantastic, real cool, I like it well spotted and exposed.
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Great HDR I love the play on old and new rp
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Wow ... that's fantastic. Looks very surreal.

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