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Xmas photos
on: January 06, 2013, 11:41:04 AM
So I spent 10 days up around Yorkshire and Derbyshire this xmas. Totally forgot I had an ND Grad filter, but took some on the fly HDR shots as the weather was that bad and overcast a normal shot would have just been rubbish with blown out, dull skies etc.

I've ended up with about 113 "None people" photos, so apologies for the large number here, I'm mostly curious what people think about the photos and which ones they like more etc. I'll try to break them down by type of shot, starting with the Resevoir HDRs.


Branch HDR by Chris_Moody, on Flickr

Probably my favourite:

Water by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


Water HDR 2 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


Water HDR 3 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr

Composition is bad on this one, but I wanted to try and get the reflections in the water. Didn't know how well it'd work if it consisted of 3 shots!

Water HDR 4 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr

This was an ambitious one. Panoramic, 7 HDR shots then photomerged together, so 21 photos altogether. Photoshop had issues with the merge so I ended up doing the stitching in Hugin, manually.

Lake HDR Pano by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


Sunset HDR 1 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr

One of the rare occasions we had a bit of blue sky:

Sunset HDR 3 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


Sunset HDR 4 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr

Next up, the obigatory xmas bird feeder photos.

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Re: Xmas photos
Reply #1 on: January 06, 2013, 11:45:25 AM
My favourites of those are Water, Water HDR 3 just for the clouds and the Lake panorama too which I think you've ended up with a good result from.

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Reply #2 on: January 06, 2013, 11:46:44 AM
The bird feeder was a couple of metres away from the kitchen window. Pretty much the entire time it was drizling and overcast, which is why the ISO is so high and the photos so grainy.


IMG_0021 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


IMG_0041 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


IMG_0072 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


IMG_0107 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


IMG_0282 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


IMG_0283 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


IMG_0323 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


IMG_0346 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


IMG_0309 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


IMG_0085 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr

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Reply #3 on: January 06, 2013, 11:53:07 AM
And finally, some miscellaneous shots from our explorations!


IMG_0435 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


IMG_0453 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


IMG_0557 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


IMG_0558 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


IMG_0582 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


IMG_0600 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


Untitled_HDR2 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


IMG_0609 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


IMG_0618 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr

Question is, which of these two are better, this one:

IMG_0460 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr

or this one:

IMG_0476 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr


IMG_0809 by Chris_Moody, on Flickr

Re: Xmas photos
Reply #4 on: January 07, 2013, 13:06:09 PM
The landscapes aren't bad, they do lack a bit in colour a bit so might benefit from a B&W conversion.  You've done a good job of stitching that 21 shot pano together as well, had a look at it full size and couldn't see any stitch lines in it at all.

The shots of the birds on the feeder are great, I miss having birds in my garden (too many cats around to attarct them into my yard with feeders, they won't go anywhere near them).

Your street stuff is good too, all nicely exposed which is always a challenege in that sort of an environment at night.  Between the two shots I probably prefer img_460, the buildings in the bottom right of the other one are a little too distracting in the other one and there's less sky in img_460 and what's there has more interesting clouds.

Good efforts overall though, looks a nice spot to have spent Christmas.

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Reply #5 on: January 07, 2013, 13:18:13 PM
I really like that final shot of the candle too. Also the first of the bridge photos works better for me, I think its just the better angle and way the background is, everything seems too far to the right in the other one.

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Reply #6 on: January 07, 2013, 15:21:04 PM
Cheers guys. I wonder if the second bridge photo would be "better" if that orange and grey building in the very bottom right corner wasn't there?

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Reply #7 on: January 07, 2013, 15:50:33 PM
Cheers guys. I wonder if the second bridge photo would be "better" if that orange and grey building in the very bottom right corner wasn't there?

It probably would, it does seem to stand out quite a bit to me not sure why its not like its brightly coloured or anything daft like that it just sticks out a bit.

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Reply #8 on: January 07, 2013, 16:32:15 PM
I think it's a combination of the contrasting strong orange and bright white of the building that draws the eye. If I could be assed I'd have a play in Photoshop, and dull the buildings colours to see if it makes a difference!

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