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This is probably the last shot I'll be posting from my recent trip to Barcelona, and while I know that this style of HDR image isn't to everyone's taste, there was something about the composition of this one that made me think it was worth posting. I did try to produce a straight shot, but if you take a look at the original you'll see that there wasn't a great deal I could do with it:


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10.41am on 23/7/08
Canon 5D
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
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Photomatix Pro
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3x2 + HDR + travel [Barcelona, Spain] + urban
comment by Garry at 07:14 PM (GMT) on 2 August, 2008

Looks like it should be an album cover...

comment by Suri at 09:01 PM (GMT) on 2 August, 2008

You're right, there is something in the composition which is great! I like it.
But the HDR treatment removes all contrast and depth in this picture, imo.
What about an intermediate state between original & hdr image ? :)

comment by djn1 at 09:22 PM (GMT) on 2 August, 2008

Suri: I did try an intermediate version, but couldn't get that to work either.

comment by anonyBrian at 10:07 PM (GMT) on 2 August, 2008

I like it. One thing I appreciate about your work is that it's creating a whole separate world, similar to our own but mixed with your own vision. It's a bit like what a film director does- shoots our world but then turns it into something more, or at least different and interesting- a place that exists in their mind that we can now see as well.

I'm more of a straight-ahead shot guy myself, but your stuff is really outstanding and memorable, and this image is a case in point.

comment by commut8 at 11:18 PM (GMT) on 2 August, 2008

Looks a bit like an aquatint print.

comment by Dave Feltenberger at 05:32 AM (GMT) on 3 August, 2008

The composition is interesting enough, with the energy moving to the right and suddenly halting at the shovel. I also like the grime that the tonemapping pulled out. But I agree with Suri that the contrast and depth is lost here - the three dimensional scene looks smashed onto a flat plane (more than an ordinary photograph) - but looking at the original and its lack of shadows to begin with, it's tough to avoid. There's also haloing around the trash can and shovel.

(BTW, of course don't mean to be overly negative, but uncritical praise never helped anyone either! ;-)

comment by Roy at 10:57 AM (GMT) on 3 August, 2008

I know exactly what you mean about compositions that just seem 'right' and this is certainly one of those. Everything seems to have been arranged just so, and the yellow '5' is perfect.
The fact that the HDR treatment removes all depth and reduces it to more of a graphic illustration is, in my view, part of its strength.

comment by birgit at 12:51 PM (GMT) on 3 August, 2008

I like your cmposition here, but it´s a little too overprocessed I think.

comment by Frank S. at 01:54 PM (GMT) on 3 August, 2008

I like the graphic interpretation of this picture.

comment by Claus at 06:59 PM (GMT) on 3 August, 2008

A simple thing made into something special and interesting to look at, great job!

comment by djn1 at 09:42 PM (GMT) on 3 August, 2008

Thanks all.

As for whether this is 'something special' or 'overprocessed' is, I think, an aesthetic call. Personally, I think it works, but I do understand that this style isn't to everyone's taste.

comment by Barbro at 01:25 PM (GMT) on 4 August, 2008

I like how you have turned everyday objects in to a very interesting graphic image. The HDR treatment really suits this picture.

comment by bluechameleon at 03:04 PM (GMT) on 4 August, 2008

Your post-processing is brilliant here! I am not a fan of HDR, but what you have done here had enhanced the over all feeling to what I feel you may be trying to convey. Naturally it's all subjective, I understand. I really how you have made this scene become a fossil of sorts. An imprint for those in the future decades after us, a memory of what life became all those years ago. The #5 is perhaps like a stall number, a designated parking stall for these items.

comment by Reuben Chircop at 04:15 PM (GMT) on 6 August, 2008

I like the mood overall and the subjects in the perspective but the HDR i think is too aggressive.