I finally managed to liven up a bit today, and while most of the shots I took were a bit of a disappointment, I was pleased with how this turned out. As with most of my recent HDR work this one was also processed with Photomatix Pro, from a seven shot sequence bracketed at 1 EV intervals (as described in this tutorial).
Oh, and this one works better with the black theme.
Still not an HDR convert - but it certainly has impact and wow factor. Glad you're a feeling a little better.
David, this is certainly a most startling image and one that grabs one's attention and fascinates with the amount of detail. One observation; the sky reflected in the water seems to differ from that above. It looks like it has been taken from another, unrelated shot. I take it this is not the case?
Wow, this is really cool. The deep colors of the graffiti walls really grab the viewer!
so much to take in. i'm still undecided whether HDR is my cup of tea but you've gone a bit of the way in persuading me with this one. very nice.
Very nice walls, David, and great reflection in the water.
I'm not a big fan of HDR clouds. And in this photo the clouds are still too much for my taste. But again, that's just my taste.
Seems like your other viewers think that they could do it better. Anyhow, I would like to see the orginals if that's ok?
Best wishes, Robin
Matty: it isn't a different sky, but I take your point so have modified it a bit. I think it now looks a bit more balanced.
ben: it's not a technique that appeals to everyone, but this sort of scene really does benefit from the treatment (in my opinion at least).
Robin: I've put a straight conversion of the metered shot here:
Really like this on David, it grabs your attention. That sky is quite something, but it doesn't appear to match the reflection, or is it me ?
Absolutely love this one mate, the detail, composition, reflections...fantastic stuff.
I'll have to come up when you're free sometime and go shooting.
I'm just amazed you got such a perfectly clear reflection...
Well you know how I feel about extreme HDRs... ;)
Actually I really like this - the bold cartoonish colours are great and while it's verging on the extreme it gets away with it - except for the clouds, which in this case I feel don't really compliment the scene below. It feels as though they're very underprocessed compared to the foreground, and also that there's no way enough light is coming from them to create the vivid scene they hang over. I think if it was was a clearer sky, or at least a less overcast one, the image would ring truer as a cohesive whole - for me anyway!
Superb, Unlike others I am an HDR convert. Keep Them Comimg!!
Glad your feeling better.
NOT an HDR fan at all. Would be interesting to see a less extreme version of this. Just 3 shots, perhaps.
OmG, that's cool !
This image rocks! I've got to get out there and do more HDR shots. Your blog is inspiring me to continue what I learned in your recent HDR class!
I'm with Steve - Keep 'em coming!!!
um, i'm sorry in advance...i suppose.
i'm having an extreme WTH moment.
Magnificent harmony of colors, great brightness, excellent post processing, superb shot.
wickedly perfect. homey urban/surreal water feature. ;)
I really enjoy this HDR. I love the surreal feel. What is the main difference between using 7 exposures as compared to 3 or 5? Is it safe to say the more exposures the more "surreal" or less natural looking. Either way, I think this post is an excellent example of how this technique can make an ordinary scene come to life.
This is a shot of stunning quality and own of my favourite HDR images I have seen for some time. The reflection is just perfect and the colorful scenery present so much detail to explore. Wow!
amazing! i love hdr - Photomatrix always seems the way to go - the results are better than photoshops. well done!!
Looks very surreal... I am sure the original scene was quite dull and depressing so you have certainly livened it up!
Its more of a mirror effect than a reflection, which i think is a shame.
You have really brought out some amazing colors in this image! Great shot!
This is really a awesome shot! Great colors and nice composition!!!
cool. but I've been looking at it for a while as something didn't look quite right... i think there's too much detail/contrast in the reflection of the sky compared to the actual sky
Great reflections... the HDR is quite nice in this one.
WOW!! This one is a real eye opener. The bold coloring really suits the theme of graffiti. This one is simply fabulous.
Amazing shot and post processing. You have to seriously linger (with pleasure) to take it all in...well done!
Love it ! It feels like a street scene out of a PS3 game - I expect to be shot at any moment ! The graffiti jumps out, one of my favorite HDR shots.
What a great place for someone to stand, it would be an ace background. Tremendous processing and vision.
mmmm.... urban decay and blight.... :)
you're right dave, this kind of urban scene lends itself to HDR pushing... more so than other types of imagery.
oh... and i like this one very much.
This is just great, Dave. I'm not keen on HDR conversions as a rule, but you are definitely converting me with work like this.
waoooooooo ! what else ?
I love this photo, the colors, the image, very great
I'd agree with the other comments; arriving here and seeing this has a big 'wow' factor to it. It's an oddly unsettling image; because of the glass-like water the border between the reality above and the illusion below is less obvious and there's an odd sensation that there's nothing 'under your feet'. The walls to left and right are quite oppressive, and I find my eye drawn to the sky below rather than above as it's lighter.
Most images you either like or don't on instinct, this one you have makes you think a little harder. Great shot. Stick it in a gallery with a fat price ticket and a pretentious title and I reckon you'd pay for a replacement for your Volvo.
Crikey Dave...I'm going to have to start getting my feet wet more often!
Thanks all :-)
I'm sucker for HDR. ^^; Perhaps shots get overprocessed too often with it, but the end result is always some interesting art. Well done.
Oh WOW! truly stunning! fantastic shot David, just superb!
I do like the punch in this but do feel that HDR images are a little too ethereal. My favourite still remains the boat. The detail and colour was natural but very powerful.
completely breath taking. the perfect reflection is what makes it. such
an interesting place... very conflicted between the graf on teh walls
and then tranquil water streets makes me wonder if the reflection is
real. either way, really really perfect.
nice web blog
Absolutely love this one.
Arggh! The dreaded HDR from Photomatix. You either love it, or you hate it. It's just not subtle enough for my taste. Still, there is no denying the visual impact of this shot, even though the reflected sky doesn't match the sky above. I love graffiti shots however, and have taken a few around the Barro Alto area of Lisbon in Portugal; an amazing place for such photography.
Interesting photo. Very vivid.
Seen at VFXY ...
Waw great reflection :D
Whilst chatting to Craig from id7 the other day I was flicking through your blog and this just blew me away, I actually took a step back from the screen. I'm not sure that I've got my head around the HDR process yet but this image makes me want to try!
I appreciate your work nicely, including this picture that I would have liked to do it!
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