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    Default Nossob Sunrise (Take #2: HDR)

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    As promised, here is my take on the Kalahari sunrise scene in my previous post (http://www.birdphotographers.net/for...ad.php?t=54021) in HDR.

    I also composed differently for this shot.

    3 exposures taken with camera resting on car window beanbag. Blended in Photomatix and processed in CS3.

    Would love your feedback here...

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    Canon 1000D with 18-55mm IS @ 18mm
    f22 @ 1/100 SS @ ISO-100
    Exp -0.3
    Pushed blacks in FG during PP to enhance the silhouetted look.
    Used f22 for a solar flare effect.
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    Good HDR processing here mate. I like the comp here, and the sun rays expanding out into the image puts this over the top. Well seen.

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    Excellent, Mork! You must have calibrated eyeballs! :cool:

    I wouldn't want to choose between this composition and the one in the other post. I like both ... maybe a very slight
    preference for this one. But that might be because the foreground details are a little more visible in this shot -- just the
    right amount so they don't detract from the sky. Great job!

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    thanks Stu & David...I also prefer this one!

    David - calibrated eyeballs?? :confused::)
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    Nice work

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    Hi Morkel. I tend to lean towards this one also. One reason is you can see a foreground as opposed to a silouette which is also effective.The sky is also strong with nice handling of hdr. For my taste I would crop out the small tree on right...

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    Hey Morkel,
    Definitely this one. Sky is even stronger too as is the FG. Very nicely done!

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    appreciate it Roman, Dave & Curly!
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    Yep, I agree. This one is the better of the two for me. Nice HDR processing.

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    Not sure which of the two I prefer as they are both such great images. That sky and the rays of light combined with the silhouette are wonderful.:)

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    thank you Keith & Vida!
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    Beautiful Morkel. Just love the sky. The fg gives a nice balance.

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    Morkel,

    This version is the one. Nice work on the HDR.

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    Very nice skies and rays of light. The tree reminds me of Edward Scissorhands :)
    You are mastering HDR.

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    thanks a lot Indranil, Fabs & Robert.

    Fabs - good point, I see the resemblance ;)
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    Hi Morkel

    You are definitely getting the hang of HDR, but to be honest although I love the sky, who wouldn't, I think you chose the wrong subject for FG. I really find that it takes away rather than enhance the image... sorry if i am being too frank.

    peter

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    no problem Peter, it's by being frank that I have learnt much from you :)
    I understand what you're saying and agree in a sense - there at the moment it made sense to use the wrinkly thorn tree, to give it a sense of Kalahari.

    I have another take on this from a different spot with mostly sky in a vertical format, will post soon...
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    I want this picture for my wall Lovely :)

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    thanks Myer...it can be arranged! :)
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    Very well done Morkel, love the sky on the WA. Really a gorgeous sunrise

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    thanks Callie!
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    Morkel, I like this a lot. Its after viewing this picture that I have decided I have to plan my first visit to Kgalagadi. Do you offer HDR lessons?

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    thanks Elmar...you won't regret it...but be careful - it's addictive...we're going back in June already!! :)

    I'm not thinking of offering lessons just yet - got a lot to learn still, but thanks for the compliment!
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