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Apologies for not posting for a few days but there have been various things going on, all of which got in the way of taking photographs and posting here. Today though, I managed to get up to Fleetwood and decided to try a few experiments: specifically, shooting HDR images of moving water.

As most of you know, the normal way to shoot an HDR is to shoot several different exposures of the same scene. These are the subsequently combined into a single exposure.

Anyway, I thought that I'd try shooting multiple exposures of the waves breaking over various objects on the beach and am really pleased with how this one turned out.

I haven't posted the EXIF data but all three originals were shot at f/8.0, with shutter speeds ranging from 1/60 to 1/500, at 95mm.

As always, let me know what you think.

2x1 + HDR + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by Jennifer at 09:56 PM (GMT) on 13 December, 2007

Weird but cool!

comment by Nawid Sahebzadeh at 10:10 PM (GMT) on 13 December, 2007

Very very nice shot. I'm impressed and being familliar with ur work I guess that means a lot.
And being an amature when it comes to merging multiple shots together but very fond of learning HDR photography I was wondering whether you could outline ur postprocessing for merging the shots.
thank you in advance

comment by Malcolm at 10:13 PM (GMT) on 13 December, 2007

That works well. I like the colours in it. I'm intrigued by the hair-like texture in the foam. How long was the gap between the three shots? I'd have expected the combination of the three to have given a misty blurred effect from the motion of the water and I'm intrigued why it did not? Did you use Photomatix?

comment by shooter at 10:14 PM (GMT) on 13 December, 2007

Significant improvement on the last post, both surreal and compelling...

comment by Peter Holloway at 10:14 PM (GMT) on 13 December, 2007

Yes, I'd be 'quite pleased' too :)

comment by Sysagent at 10:15 PM (GMT) on 13 December, 2007

Nice shot this Dave, loving the HDR effect on the blueness bottom right of the shot, it really is quite effective!

Anyways how are you and the family going on and whens the next meet-up so I can drown some more camera equipment...

Keep in touch.


comment by Peter Holloway at 10:16 PM (GMT) on 13 December, 2007

Oops, that should've been 'really pleased'...

comment by li at 10:34 PM (GMT) on 13 December, 2007

the mix of different waves seems weird and not so nice, color great though

comment by Craig @ id7.co.uk at 11:01 PM (GMT) on 13 December, 2007

I've got to give this a go mate.... love the pseudo realistic texture in the waves, and the blue in the foreground. This technique suits the Chromasia look to a T, and is now like a signature on your work, I love it..... Craig @ id7.co.uk

comment by g at 02:34 AM (GMT) on 14 December, 2007

i liked the last shot more, too.

how about a series devoted to catching people off guard? the woman with the smoke hanging out of her mouth style. maybe a whole series devoted to AB Fab like positions. heheh

what is with the bug?

comment by bryan k. at 03:31 AM (GMT) on 14 December, 2007

this is cool! as i just started getting into shooting HDR, i wondered what it would do to things in motion, so it is nice to see this. the effect is a cool alternative to the standard motion blur or razor sharp "frozen" droplets. color-wise, i also love the blue reflections on top of the metal – it really pops from the warm rust. nice!

comment by Navin Harish at 04:22 AM (GMT) on 14 December, 2007

I have always thought HDR is possible in static objects like buildings but it is an interesting thought to use this technique on something like the waves.
I like your bug in the code too:)

comment by Jylan Wynne at 07:35 AM (GMT) on 14 December, 2007

Really nice. I never would have realised that this photo is actually composed of multiple images, if you hadn't told me. The brown looks really nice and contrasting against the white.

comment by Simon C at 08:10 AM (GMT) on 14 December, 2007

The patterning of the foaming water is spectacular.

comment by spleen at 09:22 AM (GMT) on 14 December, 2007

just great! I've to come more times to see your site, and maybe someday I'll become a good photographer.
I like your colours and your way to show that even an objet lost on a beach can be beautyful. do you know some photographer with a similar taste, so that I may see their work?

comment by Strife at 09:37 AM (GMT) on 14 December, 2007

Great chromatic effect.

comment by Furanku at 11:18 AM (GMT) on 14 December, 2007

I love the "organic" patterns in the wave.

comment by Darren at 11:47 AM (GMT) on 14 December, 2007

I really like this. The experiment worked out well.

comment by paflechien at 12:48 PM (GMT) on 14 December, 2007

Incredible picture, love that

comment by Chuck Ramsay at 02:49 PM (GMT) on 14 December, 2007

Thanks for all the images you post! As someone who is working to get back into photography after many years away from it, your work is a daily inspiration to me. Now I'm off to find a suitable subject for my own HDR experiment – something I've put off way too long. Your work is always excellent and inspiring.

comment by ao tomato at 03:12 PM (GMT) on 14 December, 2007

ah! welcome back! really enjoy this one!

comment by machi at 04:30 PM (GMT) on 14 December, 2007

amazing........i love the shape the whitecap takes..........

comment by Roy at 05:52 PM (GMT) on 14 December, 2007

I love this effect. A few months ago I experimented with multiple exposures of moving water, using the camera's own in-built multiple image assembly, but this is much more to my liking than the results I got.

comment by birgit at 06:02 PM (GMT) on 14 December, 2007

amazing! I have to run out and try this myself! you are an inspiration, as always :)

comment by Tom K. at 06:13 PM (GMT) on 14 December, 2007

Legend worthy.

comment by djn1 at 09:21 PM (GMT) on 14 December, 2007

Thanks all, and for those of you who rushed out to try this - let me know how you got on.

Sysagent: I don't have anything planned - drop me a line and we'll sort something out.

Roy: yes, it does seem to wok well. I'll try some more experiments and keep you posted.

comment by PhilB at 09:45 PM (GMT) on 14 December, 2007

Great shot. Love the effect.