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Jetty Surreal HDR

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 10 June 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Actually if you look closely, you will notice that it is only the sky that looks surreal. All of the rest looks quite realistic.

RECOMMENDATION - stop reading all of the books on photography and software and technology. Get ahold of Hugh Macleod's little gem, "IGNORE EVERYBODY And 39 Other Keys to Creativity." It will do more to further your creative journey than all of that other stuff. I especially liked two chapters (although they all are good). 11. The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props. And, 14. Never compare your inside with somebody else's outside. (Warning: some of the language may offend some.)

Annie Viguié from Bordeaux, France

On another planet ? .....very beautiful light !!!

10 Jun 2010 5:17am


Pfououououououou !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 10 Stars,Jack,not less......

10 Jun 2010 6:35am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

really it looks surreal :)) Great sky!

10 Jun 2010 6:43am

dan from Paris, France

This sun has the power of the fire.

10 Jun 2010 6:46am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

It is surreal, glowing, organic (and that said despite the lack of appeal HDR holds for me.)
Beautiful work. P.S. I'll look into the book !! :-)

10 Jun 2010 6:59am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Unreal, another galaxy!! Fantastic and wonderful. 5 *. Beautiful day.

10 Jun 2010 7:03am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Surreal butt! But wonderful too! A big surprise and amazement. The restless remove brain ... What happens? It does not recognize this color palette ... A work of art with a capacity to attract huge! Congratulations once again master Jack! Muchos besos, querido artista Adela!!!

10 Jun 2010 7:24am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This one really hit me smack between the eyes. Luckily i was sitting down. Don't know how to describe it, may be i'll just say thank u for posting this. Thank you.

10 Jun 2010 7:26am

Anneka from Bray, Ireland

Love the layers and wind in the sky and the reflections in the sea

10 Jun 2010 7:27am

Jojigirl from Badian, Philippines

amazing clouds, splendid capture and presentation of the firmament and the sun's light.

10 Jun 2010 7:33am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

I love it!

10 Jun 2010 7:36am

Amir Taheri Kondar from Bandar Abbas, Iran

fantastic !

10 Jun 2010 8:47am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

HDR gone mad but does an excellent job

10 Jun 2010 8:54am

Mhelene from Paris, France

This sky is like a painting !Superb !

10 Jun 2010 9:07am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Surreal yes but very beautiful

10 Jun 2010 9:11am

Zora Zoé - sichtbar fotogrativ from Berlin, Germany

this is pure science-fiction, Jack - reminds me of "Pitch black" - really fantastic and great !!! :-) *****

10 Jun 2010 9:31am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

I thought you went on a workshop... now I see you went to Mars instead... LOL! This is stunning! I like the tones and textures. Great job.

10 Jun 2010 10:07am

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

Je suis émerveillée par tant de beauté ! le traitement est superbe ! Mille bravos !

10 Jun 2010 11:04am

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Great HDR effect. Special scene, great light and wonderful sky.

10 Jun 2010 12:15pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Awesome landscape . Sky is gorgeous, Like a dancing in the sky ! not sure about coloring ! looks strange to me !

10 Jun 2010 12:27pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

You are Salvador Dalí today. Stunning shot.

10 Jun 2010 12:49pm

tataray from france, France

Superbe traitement ....C'est magique !....

10 Jun 2010 1:13pm

♏arleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Great result, the sky even looks like a wild sea.....!

10 Jun 2010 1:27pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

this is just excellent!

10 Jun 2010 1:41pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Wonderful work the foreground does have a lovely warm golden glow, and the color sin the sky may be surreal but are amazing

10 Jun 2010 2:49pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Which planet are you from? Obviously not form earth. Stay away from Arizona or you will be arrested.

10 Jun 2010 2:53pm

@Michael Rawluk: I lived through most of the 80s in Flagstaff, AZ. Terrible politics in that state; much of it is unconscionable.

pixator from kerman, Iran


10 Jun 2010 3:04pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Outstanding, stunning surreal effect. The beach and driftwood is so full of texture as if I could feel it on my screen.
Stunning creative expression, Jack.
Inspiring for me to unlocke my creativity.

10 Jun 2010 3:19pm

@Barbara: The highest compliment that I can receive is motivating people to express their own creativity. Thank you.

Barbara from Florida, United States

I couldn't express it enough the inspiration I get from your images.
Creativity is a life line for me, often I fail to express it and easily get caught up in the rigidness that surrounds me. It shows in my images, but I need to burst out.
Viewing your images make me want to burst out.
I appreciate all that you put into your photography.

10 Jun 2010 3:27pm

@Barbara: Macleod's chapter title, '"Never compare your inside with somebody else's outside," frees me up a lot. Once I got over caring too much about what other people think about my work, I became much more free to play. I find that playing and creativity almost always go together. When I start playing, I have no idea of where I will end up. Sometimes I like the outcome; sometimes I don't. And sometimes I put up stuff that I would never put on my walls. Am3 for me is a community of photographer friends.

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Beautiful,Everything that Barbara says is true about my feelings on your photos! Thank you very much for the tips! I do not know how to use photo shop or anything like that. Maybe that is a good thing? My pics are mostly me!

10 Jun 2010 3:43pm

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

yes, inspiring!

10 Jun 2010 3:50pm

Don from spokane, United States

A spectacular image. I like that you pointed out the surreal and realistic quality of the shot.

10 Jun 2010 3:56pm

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

ooo someone is havin fun!!:) just beautiful!:)

10 Jun 2010 4:13pm

@kate: Fun, absolutely!! Thanks.

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

I am absolutely wowed by this Jack in a.. very Jules Verne.. almost Sci fi way. Gorgeous!

10 Jun 2010 4:35pm

@Dutch: Thank you.

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

after an atomic bomb?

10 Jun 2010 4:37pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

almost like a sci-fi disaster movie scene! :)

10 Jun 2010 4:56pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

terrefic shot

10 Jun 2010 5:01pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Surreal indeed, but very beautiful. When sun set fire to earth, almost like an explosion...

10 Jun 2010 5:17pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Stunningly shot and processed!

10 Jun 2010 5:25pm

❀ Yvonne Simons ❀ from Tilburg, Netherlands


10 Jun 2010 6:19pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

How popular your creative spurt is, Jack?! So many great comments on your "playing" and creativity. Keep it up, it surely inspires many (including me). I love this shot and the effects. The sky is huge!

10 Jun 2010 6:23pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I find that playing and creativity almost always go together. When I start playing, I have no idea of where I will end up. Sometimes I like the outcome; sometimes I don't. And sometimes I put up stuff that I would never put on my walls.

Therein lies the ethos of the digital darkroom, which in essence was little different to the use of hands, lollipops, timers, washes and bleaches, in the wet darkroom!

10 Jun 2010 6:25pm

@Curly: Before we went to kindergarten, we colored everything we could get our hands on with crayons. In kindergarten, we had access to even more colors. But when we went to school, they told us that flowers were red and leaves were green. Most of us eventually bought into that nonsense. There are many photographers today with that mentality. But some of us, thank God, know better. We choose to use all of the crayons in the box. Flowers and leaves are any color we damn well choose.

Florence from Paris, France

Very RAY BRADBURY in a sens. Perfect for a SF book cover Jack !

10 Jun 2010 7:02pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

This is a truly beautiful piece of artwork and photography all in one image. If VanGogh had been a photographer, his works would be a lot like this. Great colors and light!

10 Jun 2010 7:08pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Amen to your comment to Curly! I love the way this turned out- and I especially love that it was don in a way that came from your heart....I find that when I go out and shoot what I love my photos are so much better, and it is those photos that I gravitate back to when I am deciding which to process. I'll look up the book, it sounds like a good one! :)

10 Jun 2010 7:17pm

@Tracy: He does a dynamite job of putting what we are about in perspective. And it's a book for everyone; it wasn't written at all for photographer's.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

I like your creativity and was surprised when you said that "only the sky looked surreal."
We don't see our whiter-sand beaches taking on this greenish-golden glow, so that part looks somewhat other-worldish to me. However, at the rate things are going, there's no way of knowing what color our beaches will become! :(

10 Jun 2010 7:38pm

@Judy: In that evening sunlight, the color of the sand is quite natural.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It certainly makes for high drama. Nice work, Jack.

10 Jun 2010 8:43pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Oh my word, wow and wow again. Fantastic work:)

10 Jun 2010 9:08pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Incredible effect and capture of sky and beach. The details on the beach are just stunning.

10 Jun 2010 9:39pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Lot's of wood coming from the sea. A surreal look indeed.

10 Jun 2010 11:08pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

yeah for using all the crayons in the box !!!! Beautiful work jack.....interesting, that everyone seems to be pro hdr these days.........all seeing "the light"....

10 Jun 2010 11:22pm

@Susan: I'll probably never use the surreal HDR as extensively as you have, but it worked for this image. The cloud formations were crucial.

Paul from summerside, Canada

Amazing colors

11 Jun 2010 12:07am

@Paul: Thank you.

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

As if the beach is covered with dinosaurs bones and the shapes of the clouds are like feathers! Beautiful capture Jack!

11 Jun 2010 1:50am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

This really is ... FABulous! Love the effect!

11 Jun 2010 3:17am

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

Fabulous !! very good effect, wonderful work !!

11 Jun 2010 3:29am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great processing for a beautiful capture!

11 Jun 2010 3:38am

@Steven: I figured that this would be your kind of photograph!!

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbe travail de post traitement.

12 Jun 2010 3:36pm

Lori from Michigan, United States

totally surreal !! what a fantastic image you've created! bravo!

13 Jun 2010 8:48pm

@Lori: Thanks, Lori. It was really fun doing the two surreal HDR photographs. It's not at all something that I normally do.

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Surreal indeed...interesting,creative,colorful and detailed.

14 Jun 2010 6:16am

Hilde Morin from Portland, Oregon, United States

Weird sky! looks like a wave...very nice capture.

21 Jun 2010 7:13am

Manu from Arbois, France


12 Jul 2010 8:51am

Ali tuck from Bridport (Town), United Kingdom

This photograph could be made a lot better if you decided to 'remove ghosts' when processing in photoshop. The saturation also appears high and slightly over powering. I really like the effect you have managed to create upon the sky however. Fantastic stuff! Keep it up.

23 Apr 2012 4:47pm

@Ali tuck: This was a long time ago.