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Threadleaf Japanese Maple Tree - Spring Afternoon

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Threadleaf Japanese Maple Tree - Spring Afternoon
I took 5 exposures & merged them in Photomatix to create an HDR image. All had f/16, 19 mm, iso 100. I then used Topaz Adjust (mild detail) to bring out some of the detail.
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Allen O. Howard
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    I don't much care for HDR images but this one floored me. Outstanding Josh!


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9/20/2011 9:49:06 AM

 
Josh A. Friedman
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Hi Allen. Thanks very much for the nice feedback. I used the HDR program (photomatix) to create a wider range of tones & colors. I really wasn't going for the "grunge" look that is often associated with HDR.

Thanks again.

Josh


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9/20/2011 9:51:45 AM

 
Dave Montero
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An interesting target and I think there is just enough HDR to bring out the detail. Well done, Josh!


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9/20/2011 10:51:58 AM

 
Josh A. Friedman
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Hi Dave. Thanks for looking and the kind feedback. In addition to the Photomatix merging of the 5 original images, the Topaz Adjust (mild detail) helped to bring out more detail than would have otherwise been visible.

Thanks again.

Josh


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9/20/2011 11:35:44 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Ooohhhh! This is beautiful!
Great light and balance throughout.
Love those winding branches!
Well seen, composed, and processed.
Looks like a winner to me.
~♥~Lisa


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9/28/2011 4:54:11 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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Thank you from me, too. I've just started using HDR techniques. The "grunge look" is why it took me so long to get into it. It's good to know that it's possible to back off a bit while still improving tones. This is truly a lovely image.


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9/28/2011 5:53:42 AM

 
Heather Loewenhardt
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This is simply beautiful Josh. I too like the subdued look of HDR and you seem to have mastered it very well. Congrats on being featured in the Digital Darkroom.


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9/28/2011 6:23:44 AM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Congratulations on having this gorgeous image featured in the DDR newsletter, Josh. It deserves it, along with all the other awards it will surely collect.


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9/29/2011 4:45:03 AM

 
Josh A. Friedman
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Lisa, Kathy, Heather & Mary - Thanks very much for the nice feedback. It is much appreciated.


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9/29/2011 11:36:24 AM

 
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