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First of all, thanks for all the great comments on my last three IR shots. It was fun to try something different, so it was good to see that they were well received.

As for this one: it was taken on the same trip and I think that the object in the shot is the upturned roof of an old caravan or trailer.

In this instance the post-production was relatively straightforward, but if you take a look at the original you will see that I made quite a few changes:


The most obvious change is I flipped the image horizontally, but you will also notice that the roof and foreground are quite a bit brighter in the final version. In this case I used Photomatix Pro to produce a pseudo-HDR version (as described in this tutorial), which I then blended with the original image. The final changes involved toning the image, as discussed in this tutorial, and a 16x9 crop.

As always, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.

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comment by Carlos Garcia at 08:28 AM (GMT) on 24 June, 2009

Why the flip? Just curious. Is that cactus? They don't make skies around here like that. The texture and color of the roof are amazing. Contemplative.


comment by djn1 at 08:32 AM (GMT) on 24 June, 2009

Carlos: no, it's not cactus, but I couldn't tell you what it actually is. As for the flip: I'm not sure I can articulate why, I just thought it looked better the other way round.

comment by Kay Arnold at 08:32 AM (GMT) on 24 June, 2009

great picture, I like your portfolio

comment by Mirko Herzner at 09:23 AM (GMT) on 24 June, 2009

Amazing processing... Looks like a piece of scrap metal on a fluffy green carpet. Could be a boat...

comment by steve deer at 09:33 AM (GMT) on 24 June, 2009

love it! pseudo hdr is the way to go for me, much prefer it to the real thing..... the book! when? ;-)

comment by Alan at 09:41 AM (GMT) on 24 June, 2009

Love, love, LOVE the toning on this image, especially the sky. Was there an element of subtle desaturation used on the image? Got to try this tone mapping stuff....

comment by Stephan Modry at 10:16 AM (GMT) on 24 June, 2009

Looks wonderfully 2D to me, and in that being very creative. And really artsy. Love it, the colors are really nice. Inspiring me to be more creative again. Thanks.

comment by Catalin at 11:14 AM (GMT) on 24 June, 2009

Very very nice shot! As for the flip maybe it has something to do with how our brains register different details when you're reading from left to right. When I'm designing a website here in the Middle East for an Arabic audience I will tend to put the important information on the right because Arabic reads from right to left. So in a way your horizontal flip is against the usual rules. :) I think I'm talking nonsense now!

comment by Enric at 11:42 AM (GMT) on 24 June, 2009

absolutly amazing colors and great composition, I like it a lot !

comment by Thatch at 11:42 AM (GMT) on 24 June, 2009

Do like this Dave. IM thinking of finding out what that stuff is to use in my garden as its great to lie down on :)

comment by NoirKang at 01:01 PM (GMT) on 24 June, 2009

Amazing Amazing Amazing, I hope that one that I can reach your level, every photograph here is just absolutely stunning.

comment by Jeff T at 10:20 PM (GMT) on 24 June, 2009

Superb colors, I really like the muted tones - very complimentary.

comment by Dan Kaufman at 01:53 AM (GMT) on 25 June, 2009

this one is every thing I love: the texture, particularly the micro-texture, the palette, and the minimalist composition. two-thumbs-up.

comment by Tero at 04:42 AM (GMT) on 25 June, 2009

I am amazed! Wonderful!

comment by Jaol at 10:02 AM (GMT) on 25 June, 2009

The postprocessing is absolutly stunning! Simply incredible!

comment by DedicatedRR at 05:19 PM (GMT) on 25 June, 2009

This one, even the original too, both give me a very different feeling than your shots usually do, something much more...surreal, maybe? Bah, I don't really know what I'm talking about :P But I really like it :)

comment by jelb at 02:04 PM (GMT) on 26 June, 2009

Nice framing..great post-processing..Bravo!

comment by Craig at 04:28 PM (GMT) on 26 June, 2009

I think it's worked well, a traditional Chromasia style but in a different setting so to speak. The flip works well too, just "feels" better that way around :)

comment by djn1 at 06:12 PM (GMT) on 26 June, 2009

Thanks everyone :)

Catalin: I suspect you're probably right, i.e. it reads better this way round :)

comment by Claus Petersen at 09:01 AM (GMT) on 27 June, 2009

A really wonderfully divided composition! and the blend of colors are just spot on!

comment by sofia at 02:47 AM (GMT) on 9 July, 2009

i love the way the colors work together. beautiful!!

comment by Jim (365,000 words) at 12:39 PM (GMT) on 31 July, 2009

The processing appeals to me, as I often go for a similar look/feel. But it's the sharpness and the composition with all the horizontal elements that really makes this striking to me.