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Added by Randall C.
on Mar 17, 2013.


  • ron

    Surreal! A great shot.

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  • Raji T.

    agree.. good job

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  • A former member

    how did you make this shot? was the lighting real or some technique you used? thumbs up

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  • Randall C.

    I took a bunch of different shots at this place with 3 techniques: 1.) The one you see here is bracketing 7 shots (+/-3) then using Photomatix for HDR processing. The only way to get the bright foreground without loss of info. 2.) The other shot (which I really liked) was just using one RAW shot that I processed in LR using: +80 shadows, -80 highlights, +60 whites with clarity and contrast. This is by far the easiest way, another option would be dodge & burn. This method may leave the quality a bit iffy, but in this case it worked. 3.) The last option I took was using my flashlight on the foreground (this shot I had to use a different angle and smaller foreground to get to work). This is a last resort, as trial and error takes time…but I think you'd be surprised at how well it works. Not bad result, but not close to bracketing. Usually, I use the flashlight technique on longer exposures, like I did on the nighttime seaweed shot: shining by flash light over the seaweed for the 25" exposure was the only way to get the exposure I wanted (a full moon would have been great!).

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