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Having rediscovered my previous image in a folder from early 2007 I thought I'd track back a bit further through the archives in search of something else to rescue ... and came across this one. Like the previous one it's a partial HDR; i.e. the helmet and foreground were produced with FDRTools, while the sky was dropped in from the original shot.

Personally, I prefer the previous one I posted, but I'm reasonably happy with this one too.

If you're interested, the original is here:


focal length
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metering mode
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RAW converter
3.41pm on 17/12/06
Canon 20D
EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
19mm (mm equiv.)
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FDRTools and ACR
minor rotation
3x2 + HDR + beachcombing
comment by balint at 09:23 PM (GMT) on 29 September, 2008

amazing what you can do with a mostly unremarkable shot (well, relatively speaking, it's still perfectly framed and has a well-chosen subject)...I continue to marvel at your post-processing skills...

comment by E y e V i s i o n at 09:32 PM (GMT) on 29 September, 2008

This is so 'old-school-chromasia-style' and as normally it looks great. I like this one more than the previous one, although that was great as well. Probably the colors which are more saturated here make it to me. Regards.

comment by EssPea Photography at 09:51 PM (GMT) on 29 September, 2008

Gives off a real army feel, despite the white helmet.

comment by The Obvious at 11:51 PM (GMT) on 29 September, 2008

Superb, David... looks like Oreos on a stick :).
I think this shot is very refreshing for the Chromasia collection, the blues are both unique and fantastic.

comment by Claus at 07:35 AM (GMT) on 30 September, 2008

A hard hat on display, and it looks like it already has had a hard life!

comment by Kristian Rasmussen at 08:12 AM (GMT) on 30 September, 2008

A really hard hat indeed - Love the details of the tarmac on it. I wonder if someone tried rolling over it with a steamroller...

Cool work david :-)

comment by Jess at 04:43 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2008

I LOVE when you post the original! It is very inspiring. I may just have to give in to a tutorial.....
Love the strong blue and how white the helmet is without looking blown out!


comment by Frank at 05:54 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2008

You do that often, you make a very beautiful photo of something very ugly. It's a trick, and after some time, those subjects are getting very boring .. It's not interesting to me. Don't want to have such a photo on my wall.

comment by POV at 12:47 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2008

Well done! Interesting Point of View.

comment by Przemek sikora at 03:14 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2008

This pics is super.The key by color palette is the best.
A helmet on first plan rivet one's attention.
I'll love it.

comment by Alice at 03:46 AM (GMT) on 2 October, 2008

Great detail in this. And good rich colors.

comment by Luan at 11:23 AM (GMT) on 2 October, 2008

Have been following your blog for some time.... was wondering if you tend to move the objects you find (ie reposition them - this one looks like you did)? I live right by the beach and never find such interesting subjects!

comment by mark haldane at 05:15 PM (GMT) on 2 October, 2008

Excellent processing, thanks for showing us the original. I like the somewhat sombre mood of this shot.

comment by djn1 at 07:52 PM (GMT) on 2 October, 2008

Thanks everyone.

Luan: occasionally, I do move things, but not in this case - this is exactly as I found it.

comment by Michael Paulison at 10:02 PM (GMT) on 2 October, 2008

I certainly give you credit for the interesting oddities. Head scratchers that you can't keep your eyes off of. This one of a discarded helmet resembling a slithering snake is packed with life, beauty and fun. Really wonderful.

comment by njr at 09:32 PM (GMT) on 7 October, 2008

Very interesting. For me, the strap-thing leaning down that looks like an eye is the genious in the shot. Extraordinary.


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comment by Rich at 04:41 AM (GMT) on 12 October, 2008

Fantastic shot. I'm a new HDR fan and have been trying to put it to good use, but this concept of partial HDR is really giving me new options. Do you manually blend in the HDR and normal exposure yourself?