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Peace by KeldBach Peace by KeldBach
A peaceful moment in our local forest. Taken shortly after the sun had set. HDR processed and tone mapped in Photomatix Pro from a single 14-bit RAW file.



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SprenklePhotography Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012   Photographer
I'm really digging the reflections of the trees in the water. This is a really great piece of composition.
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind words :)
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Jazzhead Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Fricken Amazing!
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Thanks very much. Glad you like it :D
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
I like this best, too, but I think the HDR effect is visible a bit too much.
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Thanks, Alban. It may look so, but the HDR effect is actually quite subtle. The original shot was a little too bluish (due to the late time of day), so I gave it a warmer tone quite similar to how I saw it and remember it at that time. I can achieve almost the same effect by adjusting the White Balance of the RAW file to "Cloudy" (6500 K), so I don't think it's over-processed :)
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
The HDR look here does not come about by the color, to me anyway, but by the distribution of gray or, I am not sure how to call it, by some kind of leveling of the color contrast or contrast in general, mainly in the area of the foreground. That is something I never liked about HDR, and you are usually very good in minimizing this effect.
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
I think I know what you mean, Alban, and I don't like that either. Sometimes you can even tell the heavy HDR processing just by looking at the thumbnail. I just uploaded the original file in my Scraps and you might be interested in comparing that to the final result. Find it here: [link]
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Thanks Keld. I did not expect to see such a big difference. But you did a great job in creating a tranquil scene. The warm colors help with that, I think, too.

Did you ever try out Tony Kuypers luminosity masks? I spend a lot of time with my pictures, too, but I think Tony offers a more natural way of increasing contrast and color saturation, that gives much more control. But I can't really tell, because I don't use Photomatix. :-)
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
I usually don't edit my images that much, but when I feel there is room for improvement (and I'm not too lazy), I sometimes do a little extra :)

I don't know Tony Kuyper and I'm not even sure I know what luminosity masks are, but I often use masks and different blending modes to adjust contrast, highlight and other things. It's a much better way than using the Dodge and Burn tools, which I never really learned to master. Anyway, I just found Tony's website and will take a closer look at his tutorials this evening. Thanks again for your kind words, Alban :)
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
:-)

I heard about Tony quite some time ago, but did not want to bother with the concept and amount of reading at first. But about 3 or 4 months I finally did read some of his stuff, starting with [link] and [link]
and I use it for most of my pics now.
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Certainly some interesting and useful techniques. Some of them are quite similar to what I already do at times, except I make or paint the masks myself, which can be quite a time consuming process. Is it possible to adjust the result after the actions have been run?
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Ingelore Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
:thumbsup: For me this one is the best version!

What a peaceful atmosphere :floating:....
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Thanks very much, Ingelore. I think that's my favourite too :)
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Ingelore Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Youre very welcome!
Have a nice weekend, Keld! :sun:
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:iconkeldbach:
KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
You too, Ingelore :hug:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
:meditate:
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Thanks, Dennis. A little dark perhaps, but I wanted to capture the mood as I saw it :)
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
a zen moment as the day turns to night... I think you captured it well, Keld.
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:iconkeldbach:
KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Thanks again, Dennis :)
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
:peace:
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:iconpoppywaters:
poppywaters Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Another beautiful capture:sun:
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:iconkeldbach:
KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Thanks very much :)
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Wolfyone Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What a beautiful, peaceful looking place. Where is it?
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:iconkeldbach:
KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Thanks very much. It's from a small forest in Denmark :)
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Wolfyone Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the info. It's a beautiful spot.
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:iconkeldbach:
KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
You're welcome. And thanks again :)
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Wolfyone Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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DragonDew Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Oh my goodness Keld, this is so beautiful! You will have to go back and take more pics for the other seasons!! Just love it!:love:
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Thanks very much, Lynne. I think I saw a couple of fairies out there too ;)
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DragonDew Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
You're welcome Keld and it wouldn't surprise me:giggle:
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