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40 Acre Rock Nature Preserve, landscape nude
Posted By: tlwyse, 06-03-2009, 06:14 PM

This was a quick & dirty image I put together (HDR merge and tonemap) of one of the few nudes my wife would let me post.

Shot at a local nature preserve with the K20D, DA* 50-135 @ 65mm f/5.6. Camera DNGs merged and tonemapped using Photomatix Pro with further editing in PS CS4.

I went a bit crazy with this one and I'm still not sure I like it...but I'll throw it out there anyway. I was attempting to more-or-less neutralize the person and the dead tree whil maintaining some semblance of "natural" color in the background (too lazy to do any masking!). In the end, she turned out a bit strange looking, almost silver, but I thought I get some comments before I go for a final version where I do a bit of masking to keep the desaturation a bit more localized instead of global.

As a side note, almost all of my "nude" HDRs did not work due to subject movement between the auto-bracket shots....she has a nasty habit of *breathing* which pretty much fubar'd the HDR merge.
Ended up using mostly a single exposure from the brackets but this was one where I was able to use a 3-shot bracket and merge the results.

Anyway, comments welcome.


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06-03-2009, 06:22 PM   #2
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As a start I would look at a crop. There seems to me to be too much extraneous bush. Maybe the focus of the shot should be the merging of the body and the dead tree trunk.
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Agreed. Thanks.

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QuoteOriginally posted by gtk Quote
There seems to me to be too much extraneous bush.
Sorry.... can't let it go. I don't see any extraneous bush

But yes, a tighter crop would be better. maybe even a 3:1 pano style crop. BTW, the HDR is definately not over done.

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Excellent texture and colour there.
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I like the framing good colors - as for the breathing that's a hard habbit to break indeed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by schmik Quote
Sorry.... can't let it go. I don't see any extraneous bush

That was the first thing I thought of in response BUT since the subject is my wife, I thought I'd better error on the side of good taste and not go there. ("Bush, WHAT bush?!")



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Great shot, very well done!

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