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Foggy HDR #4

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 27 October 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

This version of yesterday's shot is more true to the way it was. I actually prefer yesterday's photograph. My goal almost always is to be more faithful to what I felt than what I saw. (A word on doing HDRs. I started doing some HDR photographs primarily to deal with the wide range of light in shooting waterfalls. My favorite HDR photograph of mine is the one of Toketee Falls posted on October 20. With Nik's new plug-in, I have become hooked on all of their amazing pre-sets. Much of what I am posting is for exploration and fun.)

NIKON D700 F/16.0 ISO 800 38 mm (35mm equiv.)

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

a magic light !

27 Oct 2010 6:22am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I still prefer the first one!

27 Oct 2010 6:58am

@CElliottUK: In a series, I try to go with my best one either first or last. My purpose in the series is to learn some of the new HDR tools.

saeed from ahwaz, Iran

I'm agree with you, yesterday's was better. but it's still a nice work. well done

27 Oct 2010 7:11am

Theys monochrome. from Charleroi, Belgium

Superb shot!

27 Oct 2010 9:02am

Formerly Known as MontereyJohn from Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

HDRs and waterfalls? How do you do that??? The water is moving which presents an issue for bracketed shooting. Tell us more!

27 Oct 2010 9:31am

@Formerly Known as MontereyJohn: John, I set my camera to Aperture priority, then set it for a 5 shot bracket (1 stop increments with 2 over and 2 under) at Continuous High, and fire. Then I run it through an HDR plug-in. Everything seems to turn out fine. You can check the waterfall photographs that I have posted.

Formerly Known as MontereyJohn from Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

Oh yes, and this shot is really nice.

27 Oct 2010 9:32am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

This is another winner Jack :)

27 Oct 2010 9:49am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

It is good to experiment and have fun in the process..

27 Oct 2010 10:05am

oncho from granada, Spain

Fantastic light

27 Oct 2010 11:31am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

I have to agree with you Jack, yesterday's shot is the better of the two. ALthough not a fan of HDR per se, being more of a purist, I agree with your goal of being more faithful to what you felt at the time of the shot rather than what you saw. Like any other tool, HDR when used as a scalpel rather than a sledgehammer has it's place. Well done! ;-)

27 Oct 2010 12:05pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

I like yesterday's also, and like Eric's analogy of "scalpel over sledgehammer".

27 Oct 2010 12:20pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

completely amazing . . . i just love it :)

27 Oct 2010 2:29pm

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

This one just blows me away.

27 Oct 2010 2:47pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine version today. I like it that you try to post from you felt rather than just documenting a subject. I'm always surprised when a blogger's proud comment is that a picture is "right out of the camera and untouched."

27 Oct 2010 3:06pm

@Don: Me too. And the results generally show it.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is a HOT photo Jack...I get the feeling opf a scorching 100 degree day and in Oregon, that aint good...but the image is great...I guess if you slammed me up against the wall and made me choose, it would probably still be yesterday's, but this one is only second by a nose.

27 Oct 2010 3:45pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Browsed back again and I would choose the first one.
But it's very nice you show all the different results:-)

27 Oct 2010 4:19pm

Ricard Pardo from Girona, Spain

Not everyone knows how to convert the sun in a fried egg
(My stupid joke) ☺☺☺

27 Oct 2010 4:49pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I'm with you, Jack. I never hesitate to work a photo to look the way it should in my mind's eye. Never mind how it looks in "reality". I think reality is pretty subjective anyway.

27 Oct 2010 5:24pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A great "Foggy-Serie" !

27 Oct 2010 5:43pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

The fog has almost gone, colors are coming back, nice shot.

27 Oct 2010 6:56pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Oh I like some green there !

27 Oct 2010 7:56pm

Macrobaby from Vancouver, Canada

I have to say that you are creating in me an interest in HDR. Your series here has got me thinking. Lovely work.

27 Oct 2010 8:13pm

tataray from france, France

Je préfère celui d'hier ...))
Mais magique.

27 Oct 2010 9:26pm

Vinman from Essex, United Kingdom

The Nik software is certainly less hit and miss than Photomatix. That said, I think the #1 and #2 are the best of the four so far.

27 Oct 2010 10:38pm

@Vinman: I agree. And I think that is primarily because I had more to work with. As the saying goes, garbage in, garbage out.

Susan from Pompano Beach, by Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

I also prefer the shot from's the Nik software actually processing 3 or more images, or just giving an "HDR effect"? which plug in are you using????

27 Oct 2010 10:40pm

@Susan: I am running 5 bracketed shots through HDR Efex. Every now and then, I go back and give Photomatix 4 a whirl, but I prefer the Nik plug-in.

LauraS from Chico, United States

I don't understand the language you are speaking in HDR, but I like the shots, Jack.

28 Oct 2010 1:06am

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I think I agree with you on yesterday's photo, this one.. I guess seems washed out. Maybe we get spoiled with such vivid colors.

28 Oct 2010 1:58am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

I do see why you prefer yesterdays'.. it has a richness to the foreground and really seems to be exposed better (and I have seen light like that). Today's seems dull in comparison.. However, had I seen this one and not yesterdays'... I would have thought this wonderfully moody (and still do) but now on a different level. Does any of that make sense? Hope so..

28 Oct 2010 2:27am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

This is beautiful. The warm tones are lovely.

28 Oct 2010 9:11am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

As this curious series continues, the reality starts to deliciously flicker . . who is to say what the reality is or was and could we ever find it again ? Fascinating stuff.

28 Oct 2010 10:44am

ValterD from Rennes, France

the beauty of the hdr is in the fact that in a total front sunlight, the grass is perfectly visible. I'll post very soon a picture such as this one, where I was able to recover the colors and details of a foreground in full sunshine, but only by processing a RAW file. The result is stunning!

1 Nov 2010 8:48pm

@ValterD: merci. i am able to do things now that I never could do before

Atasheh from Tehran, Iran

I prefer the first one! that is very similar to my country nature. iran is very beautiful

2 Nov 2010 11:26am

Atasheh from Tehran, Iran

I prefer the first one! that is very similar to my country . Iran is very beautiful .

2 Nov 2010 11:29am

@Atasheh: me too

Dom from Calvisson, France

Great picture ! Il love the colors

8 Nov 2010 9:54am