HDR Twilight

Tone Mapped, HDR of three exposures of Brisbane at Twilight.

I upped the saturation a little during the hdr process to bring out the colour gradient in the sky more. Also had to crop off the left hand side as the contrast in the darker treed section was terrible.

Taken during the 30th Sept Brisbanites Flickr meet at Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

This one has now exceeded 1,000 views too :)

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View all photos taken: Saturday, 30th September 2006, This photo: 6:07pm

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  • yinyang said:
    wow :-)
  • beaumitchell said:
    Great HDR shot, David. It's not overdone like many of the other HDR's around. I like it!
  • Ciccio Pizzettaro [NO VIDEOS ON FLICKR] said:
    Very beautifull, I like it.

  • dianabog said:
    well done! nice.

  • Robert Silverwood said:
    Love the glowing sky.

  • Clearskies Images said:
    Very nice, and as beaumitchell said it isn't overdone
  • Louise. said:
    Excellent David!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks everyone :)

    I've found turning down the "Strength" setting does wonders for the realism of the shot.
  • Uncle Foto said:

    Any hdr - ps group
  • cindytoo said:
    You done good on your Brisbane nite shoot David.
    As you mentioned, the Blue Hour was not spot on.
    I feel it was, just Photoshop CS has not allowed what the camera took. It is editing to what PS CS thinks is best.
    Try a program that allows not auto editing.
    The HDR looks excellant
  • cindytoo said:
    I see you photograph in JPG. Maybe that is where my blue hours have a blueir sky as I photograph in RAW. Then my L lens also helps. Your compositions are spot on, just your point and shoot verses a DSLR.
    I also see you only used 10 seconds. At that time 15 seconds may have been better. I use 20-bulb.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks John :)

    The lack of RAW is one of the reasons I'm actively saving up for a dSLR. An L lens would be great too, but that'll take a lot more saving....
  • casbahdude said:

    Any hdr - ps group
  • jodi_tripp said:
    The L lens is worth the invest ment. I love mine!

  • Cyron said:
    Congrats David, I just found this in Explore...

    Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh cool :) And I notice you got one in to Explore too Cyron :)

    As did this other guy who wasn't with us, taking a panorama very similar to yours. How freaky is that ?
  • BHOoi Imaging said:
    good shot...

  • .steve.t said:
  • looby88 said:
    you need to rob a bank for the L lens.... mug an old lady, that sort of thing....
  • Krogen said:

    Any hdr - ps group
  • Minouchette (Anne D) said:

    Any hdr - ps group
  • yewenyi (文意) said:
    It is an excellent shot.
  • David de Groot said:
    hehehe need a camera body first ;) Hmmmm, now to find a little old lady with a brand new 400D and a case full of L lenses....
  • Margot- said:
    Wow, David, this is an excellent shot! I like the sunset reflection at the side of the skyscrapers.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Margot, I'm quite happy with how this turned out myself :)
  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
  • looby88 said:
    LOL !!!!! oh dear, sorry but that really made me laugh !!! my imagination is too vivid sometimes- thanks !!
  • donnamatrix said:
    Oh, lovely!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Greg and you too Donna!

    Helen, I think you're safe, as you carry a 350D and your other half has the L lens ;)
  • rainforest_harley said:
    nice shot :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Hey thanks :-)
  • looby88 said:
    ooooh that was below the belt....... you can go off people you know !!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh I meant no offence, I just figured with all this talk of mugging people for their Canon dSLRs and L lenses, I figured you might be getting mildly worried ;^)
  • a777thunder said:
    An interesting read David.

    That work is superb mate. Your light management is excellent
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Kev :) 'twas a pretty reasonable shoot, given the light conditions. I don't think we were shooting from the correct angle to get a vibrant blue sky or maybe the clouds near the horizon changed the dynamic but this hdr turned out quite well because of the pink/orange in the sky methinks.
  • Fort Photo said:
    Brilliant HDR work!

    Seen in a discussion of Night Images. (?)
  • anon nona said:
    stunning shot.
  • ~Prescott said:
    Wow! Lovely work!
  • spottiewattie17 said:
    Great shot - the hdr works very well here.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks everyone - I've had the most success with buildings and HDR, some of my earlier HDR stuff is, well, awful now I look back on it.
  • WayneWho? said:
    wow....this rocks.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Wayne - I'm quite pleased with how this came out.
  • *Micky said:
    Stunning....I love this!
    Thanks for sharing in The Color Purple theme at:
    The World Through My Eyes
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Micky :) I knew this would stand out a bit more than the purple flowers I originally posted!
  • Xenedis said:
    Nice colours.

    Twilight is my favourite time of the day.

  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Johnno, I like twilight too, probably 'cause it's so much easier to get to than dawn ;-)
  • Uncle Foto said:
    You are Invited to Add this Image to AWESOME - INVITED PHOTOS ONLY
    Please Tag this Photo with AnyHdrAnyPhotoshop

  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
    quite a string of comments icons there dave

    this group may interest you.
  • David de Groot said:
    I made the mistake of not realising there was a change in that groups rules before submitting it over there... doh!
    Mind you, you're linked group can definitely be related to ;)
  • * Asclepia * said:
  • David de Groot said:
    Merci Asclepia. :)
  • HDR Shaman said:
    Beautiful shot!
  • David de Groot said:
  • thor.sten said:
    great HDR.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • allr1 said:
    Beautiful and beautifuler. Are you SURE
    that this is your photo? You have me
    conditioned to expect the 'under belly'.
    Ha ha type casting.
  • David de Groot said:
    It is indeed, Kathleen. Although I've done better without the HDR since I took this shot.

    Brisbane City from the Kangaroo Point cliffs
  • aveteva1 said:
    Incredible work.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • ilikepeppers said:
    this is beautiful.
    i like the colors and the texture of the water.
  • David de Groot said:
    ilikepeppers - Thanks :)
  • sienna.bistre said:
    absolutley breathtaking! instant favorite!! :]
  • David de Groot said:
    Not bad for a compact digital eh?
  • Aussie.501 said:
    Awwww wow this is beautiful......the lighting is amazing
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks, wasn't bad given the equipment was a 5mpxl high-end point and shoot. :)
  • allyssa=) said:
    Wow! This is so gorgeus!, i dont kow theres just something about pictures like the way this one is were its almost dark, the clouds are cloudy, and the way the water is, makes me the happeist person ever=)
  • David de Groot said:
    allyssa=) - Thanks :)
  • allyssa=) said:
    yw=) and i was wondering did you edit this picture or is that really the color?
  • David de Groot said:
    allyssa=) - It's a process where you take three (or more) photos of different exposures and then blend them to get a bigger range of tones (i.e. good shadow and highlight detail). Saturation was bumped a little in the process, but the colours were similar to the eye.
  • j-verne said:
    great photo
  • Philipp Berndt! said:
    GREAT HDR!! well done!
    you nailed it!
  • Midnight_Stardust said:
    I feel like I'm home again! It's the place where I'd go to remind myself how beautiful life is :)
  • crisॐschmidt said:
    hapy holidays!!!
    see ya in twitter? twitter.com/criswildchild
  • David de Groot said:
    Merry Christmas to you too :)