The Golden Hour

George Farmer

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I've not been able to get out enough for landscape photography lately, but took the opportunity last night to grab my gear and took a small walk to a local field.

Lincolnshire is notoriously flat so you generally have to rely on decent skies if you want a good composition. The horizon is central which I usually avoid but I think it works in this case.

HDR with Photomatix Pro, then some minor adjustments in CS3, re-sized and converted to jpeg.

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Well thats just delightful! i love the corn, the yellow heads aren't very natural looking but adds an extra dimension to the picture, for me it invoked a feeling of things to come.

HDR rocks, i need to get involved!

As always, love ya work :D
 

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nice.

personally, although leading lines are great from tractors, they're slightly less uniform here.

the HDR effect is nailed though. :D
 

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Thanks, guys!

Dan Crawford said:
... the yellow heads aren't very natural looking...
Very true mate! They do look a similar yellow in the original file though. Here's a crop straight from the camera - no PP.

You can see how I needed to play with the white balance...

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I like the shot George, looks very dramatic, almost looks like a painting!
Never tried HRD looks interesting, but then again there are only so many hours in a day!! hehe
 

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LondonDragon said:
I like the shot George, looks very dramatic, almost looks like a painting!
Never tried HRD looks interesting, but then again there are only so many hours in a day!! hehe
Thanks, Paulo.

The 'painting' effect is common with HDR, as it brings out detail in the underexposed areas, yet retains details in the overexposed area. The result, if over-processed, can look very flat and unnatural.

HDR takes minutes with Photomatix. If I can do it, anyone can! You can trial it free too.

Our very own Stu Worrall is the master with HDR landscapes.

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Spot on George, and i think i can see my house from there... ;)
Not far off mate! ;)
 

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Yeah I agree with the others. Love the foreground detail in this shot complimenting the drama occurring above George. Well done mate.

Cheers,
 

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George Farmer said:
Where do you get your fish?

theres a few places that are good for different reasons, boston has a very small shop but a nice fish selection and there is woodthorpe aquatics (next to the garden centre) which has loads of equipment but not a great fish selection. the tropica plants there are very bad condition but knowone buys them really. they also have a good marine section and loads of pond fish.
 

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Looks like the mother ship is preparing to land....... Or maybe I've just had one glass too many :D

Lovely photo.
 

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George Farmer said:
stuworrall said:
really nice shot george, really balanced with the hdr and not overdone :)

i really need to get out more too, havent done much landscape stuff for a while
This inspired me mate.... http://www.flickr.com/photos/sworrall/3666755544/
Cheers George :D I wasnt sure about putting that one up on flickr as it breaks a few rules with it ignoring the rule of thirds but I didnt want to chop off too much of the sky or the wheat!. that one is actually not an HDR, it was souped up with some Nik B&W software ive been trying.
 

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I missed this George,

I really like that shot. Its similar to what we have seen of yours to date, but this is more refined with a slight stylized, urban, but rural look to it, which I like. I could see it on some rich couples wall in the inner city.

Nice work mate. Wish I could get my some funds for HDR soft wear, a new lens,better tripod...blah blah blah, lol :lol:

Any one got any spare hours in the day I can have to get out with my camera????? :rolleyes:
 
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