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Room to Breathe

Posted by Ben on October 20, 2009


So, here’s my second attempt at an HDR image.  You’ll have to forgive the Photomatix watermarks.  I’m not quite ready to spend $100 for software specifically designed for this kinda thing, especially when I’ll probably end up buying myself a copy of photoshop sometime soon, which I believe is able to process HDRs as well.

We’ve had really nice weather up here in Blacksburg for the past few days (it’s even supposed to get up into the 70’s tomorrow!)  Even with the pretty weather, I’ve been cooped up inside for the last four days or so studying for a big test in my Computing Systems course.  Well, I took the test today, and I think I did decently on it.  It was pretty hard, but apparently class averages on these tests are generally very low and curved fairly well.  Anyway, once it was over, I breathed a sigh of relief and decided to avoid school work for the rest of the day.  I haven’t had time to go out and shoot pictures in a while and thought this would be the perfect opportunity for it.

Compared to my last attempt at least, I think this one looks much more realistic.  I really like the way the reflection on the water turned out as well as the blurry effect on the railing in the bottom left.  I’m actually really satisfied with the entire foreground of the shot, even the bank came out well.  Next time I try this, I’ll try to remember not to shoot directly into the sunset.  The light in the middle of the shot is a little overpowering and probably shouldn’t be bleeding through the tops of those trees quite that much.  The effect on the clouds is pretty cool, but I wish they had come out a little brighter.  Also, the grass on the other side of the duck pond, while part of a golf course, looks very unnatural.

I’m glad to have at least a little stress off of my back now that the test is over, and the rest of the week should go pretty smoothly (knock on wood).



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