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Almost sunset at the river

Almost sunset at the river

I was down by the river about a half-hour before sunset. It was near enough to the "magic hour" that the light was getting that special color to it. I turned around, and orange sunlight was hitting just this one patch of trees along the river.

For this shot, I merged three exposures using Photoshop's Merge to HDR capability; I then brought the image down to 16 bits, from 32 bits, and did some further adjustments.



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Date: Sun December 31, 2006
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Superb colouring....very impressed with your know how!! I know who to ask next time I need some advice on colouring!!! It makes the image have a slightly surreal look, but very gentle...not too much! Ahh, that is the art!! Knowing where to stop!!! Happy New Year, when it comes to you and your family!!! Jenny


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#1 Sun December 31, 2006 5:18am

Terrific colouring Brian. I will have to get out my photoshop book to understand what you are talking about though. I have not got to that level of sophistication.... I guess there is always next year.... Happy new year. john
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#2 Sun December 31, 2006 6:39am

Wonderful image with super colours,have never tried this HDR thing before i'm not good with photoshop,i only know the basic editing,i even have trouble with layers lol.Perhaps a course on photoshop is in order for me.I'm off to look at my book to see what you have done Wink.
#3 Sun December 31, 2006 7:54am

Uffs! Fortunately I'm not the only one who don't know about... HDR... this will be for next year.

Beautiful shot and very good work. Smile Ana


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#4 Sun December 31, 2006 9:16am

Nice image Brian!..

> John
#5 Sun December 31, 2006 11:10am

Very Nice Image Brian, Well Done,

#6 Sun December 31, 2006 11:26am

Thank you all for your kind comments and ratings. For those not familiar with Photoshop's Merge to HDR function, the "HDR" means "high dynamic range". There's a quick tutorial on the topic here:

I actually found the technique in a copy of Photoshop User magazine. This is my first attempt at using it. It's not as striking as the ones you'll see in professional HDR tutorials, but it was interesting. The process creates a 32-bit image; don't try it on a machine that's lacking in memory...

Thanks again for the comments. -Brian
#7 Sun December 31, 2006 1:42pm

This is a great bit of color landscaping, Brian. I've never tried merging pics for panorama, but have been thinking about it lately due to reading a review of Canon's 90mm tilt shift lens (cost: seventeen billion dollars).

As a photographer whose work I respect, I'd appreciate it if you could give first hand user input in my 400D or D80 thread in the forums.

#8 Sun December 31, 2006 3:05pm

Chris, thanks for the comments and rating. I, too, have been thinking of playing with stitching for panoramas, though I haven't tried it yet. The new Photoshop CS3 (I'm running the beta version on my Mac) apparently has some better support for it. Of course, that's not what I did here. Smile

I'll make some time later today to look at your forum thread. -Brian

P.S. And, since I forgot to put this in my last set of comments (due to an "urgent" interruption from my six-year-old): To everyone in this wonderful online community, Happy New Year. May 2007 bring good fortune, good health, and, of course, many photographic opportunities.
#9 Sun December 31, 2006 4:34pm

I am using photoshop 7 Brian so not applicable but I followed the links on the tutorial and found a blending option with layer mask that I will try. Thanks for the tip. john
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#10 Mon January 1, 2007 7:02am

You're welcome, John. I look forward to seeing the results of your experimentation. -Brian
#11 Mon January 1, 2007 1:15pm

Brian, this is lovely. I hope you'll be able to get some frozen shots of this. We're having a bloody heat wave in New York.
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#12 Sat January 6, 2007 6:11pm

Thank you very much, Amanda. Alas, we are in the same heat wave as you are. It's 72 degrees F (22 Celsius, for the more metrically inclined) here. On January 6th. It's most unsettling. The flowers are confused as hell and are starting to bloom. My daughter keeps asking me when we're going to have snow, with the not so subtle implication that I should be doing something to make it snow. -Brian
#13 Sat January 6, 2007 6:44pm

wonderfully captured light brian. your method makes for fascinating reading, although I too have no idea what you are talking about. i will follow your link to find out more - thanks for the heads up. you chose a great composition for this shot too. a very happy new year to you too brian, may you have many happy photo opportunities.

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#14 Sat January 6, 2007 7:32pm

Thanks very much, Iorek. -Brian
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