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Like my previous two entries, this is a partial HDR; i.e. the foreground was created with FDRTools while the sky was dropped in from the original exposure. Unlike the previous two though, this one was constructed from a single RAW file rather than a bracketed sequence. The net result is that there's more noise in this one (though it's not especially obvious at this resolution) so a bracketed sequence would have produced a technically better image. In this case though it just wasn't possible as the plastic basket was vibrating in the wind; i.e. there would have been too much movement between the different frames to produce an HDR from multiple exposures.

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3.59pm on 3/10/08
Canon 400D
Tamron AF 11-18mm
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FDRTools and C1 Pro
3x2 + HDR + beachcombing
comment by DavidC at 08:09 PM (GMT) on 6 October, 2008

I love it, the colors are amazing, you seem to be using FDRTools more than Photo Matix, any particular reason? The orange and blue play off of eachother nicely, great image!

comment by djn1 at 08:49 PM (GMT) on 6 October, 2008

DavidC: Photomatix is much better at producing surreal, "illustrative" images whereas FDRTools seems better suited to producing more photo-realistic results. At the moment I'm trying to find ways of producing images that get away from the "typical" HDR look so am tending to favour FDRTools. Both have their uses though.

comment by JVL at 08:53 PM (GMT) on 6 October, 2008

I like it - and kinda want to check out FDR tools now that you've been touting it. Gonna download the trial tonight!

comment by djn1 at 08:56 PM (GMT) on 6 October, 2008

JVL: it's definitely worth trying out, but make sure you get the Advanced version as it has a much better method of producing HDR images than the Basic version.

comment by Chris at 09:54 PM (GMT) on 6 October, 2008

Great Colors, Fantastic clouds once again. You mentioned, you were going to post your favorite on Monday. Is this image your favorite from the set of four?

comment by djn1 at 09:58 PM (GMT) on 6 October, 2008

Chris: no, this isn't my favourite. I'm really short of material to post this week (what with one thing and another) so am spacing them out a bit and will be putting up my favourite on Wednesday.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 09:59 PM (GMT) on 6 October, 2008

Stunning sky... I almost want to remove the red basket... beautiful!

comment by Kristian Rasmussen at 10:13 PM (GMT) on 6 October, 2008

Single image hdr's also give me that problem, with too much noise. It makes good sense since the data isn't available in the backet. This is lovely, notice the way the fisheye looses sharpness in the edges. Great tones David. Is it on purpose the clouds have a weak orange hue?

comment by djn1 at 10:21 PM (GMT) on 6 October, 2008

Kristian: the highlights were toned using the Curves tool, but they should look more yellow than orange. And yes, I really like the way the sharpness falls off at the edges.

comment by sambrill at 11:51 PM (GMT) on 6 October, 2008

I love the sharpness, sky, toning, colours and composition. Really nice.

comment by Shayan at 01:41 AM (GMT) on 7 October, 2008

Awesome image. I'm going to download FDRTools and try it on some auto-bracketed shots that I have. I'll post the output in the next 24 hrs. I love that wide angle distortion on the basket... it makes the mundane surreal. The color play is great.

comment by Mirco at 06:41 AM (GMT) on 7 October, 2008

Wonderful Wide Angle Picture

comment by Nashai at 08:27 AM (GMT) on 7 October, 2008

Man, these partial HDR shots are really nice. In this one combination of sky and red color of the basket is neat.

comment by Jem at 12:18 PM (GMT) on 7 October, 2008

Love the processing on this - I often wonder how you get your shots so sharp and punchy, and when I have a go myself it never seems to work. Trial and error I guess :)

I've been drooling over the 5D MK II recently, something I certainly wont be able to afford but do you think you'll consider an upgrade?

comment by Justin Photis at 01:16 PM (GMT) on 7 October, 2008

I'really liked the last few images with their simple composition and their post-processing to create the final images. I always find that interesting and want to rush out and give it a try myself.

comment by Jay at 02:19 PM (GMT) on 7 October, 2008

Great perspective and processing!

comment by Robbie Veldwijk at 05:34 PM (GMT) on 7 October, 2008

Very simple subject but nice done! Just great!

comment by Aurore at 06:13 PM (GMT) on 7 October, 2008

ou comment avec rien faire une grande photo!

comment by Giovanni at 07:00 PM (GMT) on 7 October, 2008

Great colours, fantastic sky. Love the red basket in the foreground. Beautiful!

comment by John at 08:12 PM (GMT) on 7 October, 2008

You are the king of color...another eye catching image.

comment by Claus at 10:40 PM (GMT) on 7 October, 2008

You really have a way with discarded things on the beach, and I think it is a little to sad you can find all these things laying around, or do you bring them your self ;-)

comment by Denis at 12:01 AM (GMT) on 8 October, 2008

Outstanding !
As usual !

comment by LightningPaul at 10:09 AM (GMT) on 8 October, 2008

Very very nice. The basket looks a bit too surreal. But the result is great to look at.

comment by Martin Wahlberg at 10:32 AM (GMT) on 8 October, 2008

Hey Dave, did you create an advanced mask for the holes in the basket? It´s kinda hard to tell if you did or not. The beachfront and sky which can be seen through the small holes seems a little lighter so maybe skipped it this time?
The image is stunning as always. It would be interesting to see what the final result would have looked like if you hadn´t used HDR-technique for the foreground.

comment by El Jefe at 04:53 PM (GMT) on 8 October, 2008

I love how do you bring to life any object you find on the beach :)

comment by niv at 06:09 PM (GMT) on 8 October, 2008

the sweeping blue sky and the tiny, broken red bucket are such wonderful contrasts. this image is excellent.

comment by djn1 at 07:06 PM (GMT) on 8 October, 2008

Thanks everyone.

Jem: 'sharp and punchy' is mostly a combination of contrast adjustments (using Curves) and sharpening, using Smart Sharpen. Drop me an email if you want to talk more about it. As for the 5D: it's tempting, but I'm also tempted by the 1Ds Mark III - though can't really afford either at the moment.

Claus: I do occasionally move the things I find, but don't take them with me :-)

Martin: no, I didn't create a mask for the basket, even though the area behind it is marginally lighter. In this instance I didn't have the time and am not sure the gains would have been all that great.

comment by Deepak at 09:54 AM (GMT) on 10 October, 2008

Ahh, authentic Chromasia style after quite a while. Absolutely love the colours...

comment by Jess at 09:34 PM (GMT) on 10 October, 2008

Oh, I have been so busy lately I haven't had a chance to stop by. Another great bucket... Im not sure if it really counts as a bucket though.... The stones look pretty sweet too.

comment by Rich at 04:36 AM (GMT) on 12 October, 2008

Mixed or not, this is pretty cool! The colour contrast is phenomenal.

comment by Michael Behlen at 08:16 PM (GMT) on 12 October, 2008

The colors work amazingly together and the contrast is lovely.

comment by elianne at 07:20 PM (GMT) on 17 October, 2008

What a colors and stunning photo

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

Pretty amazing how you're able create an amazing image out of something uninteresting as a broken piece of plastic lying on a beach. It baffles me each and every time David!

comment by steve deer at 12:42 PM (GMT) on 6 November, 2008


I've been staring at this one for a while. The area within the holes at the bottom of the 'bucket', below the horizon... shouldn't that area be darker to match the background?


comment by djn1 at 12:52 PM (GMT) on 6 November, 2008

Steve: yes, and no. The areas were brighter (in all three shots that were used for the HDR) but perhaps not quite as bright as the HDR process has made them. I decided to leave it as it was, as I didn't think it detracted from the final image.

comment by Lee, Hyun Jae at 01:21 AM (GMT) on 15 January, 2009

Greate Colours and greate Image.
The basket is very impressive.