Difficult

Someday images just roll off the screen, other days they need a mallet, an axe and a small construction zone to get them to work – in this case I am still not seeing the result I wanted.

The conditions could be considered epic i guess, brilliant orange burning on the horizon and ominous dark clouds directly overhead, this however, did not make for a easy shot, especially when i messed up the exposures ;) I really need more than 3 exposures per bracket to give a smooth transition between the highlights and shadows.

Anyway, I used a graduated filter and also bracketed the frames but still struggled to capture the entire dynamic range and the composition certainly looked better in my head than what it turned out on the screen. I think i will chalk this one up to the one that got away.

3 bracketed frame panorama.
f/8 at 1, 4 and 15 seconds

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24 thoughts on “Difficult

  1. Gerry – I like the effect on the water and of course the colour in the sky and the chunky cloud formations is pretty epic. All of the stuff on the left however has started on the journey to HDR hell for me (plus even if it were good it's too messy I reckon).
    For me I'd crop where the wall meets the water (and keep that red and white post in the water to provide that tiny counterbalance for the SOH (you might have to extend the canvas a touch to the left and clone in some more?)
    Actually how about cropping immediately to the right of the palm tree and replace from the sky down with land and water – that way you keep that cool coloured sky as far left as possible.
    As always just MHO and YMMV +Gerard Blacklock :)

  2. +Rodney Campbell thanks for the feedback
    I would say the whole image is a bit of HDR hell, but i did not plan on it being a super realistic representation, its just impossible with that level of dynamic range.
    The crop idea is good and anything past the palm tree does look better, i was trying to be a bit different and include something else to the scene ;)

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