Sunrise on the Boardwalk

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    Took this shot at approximately 7am on St. George's Island, FL. I wanted to try and capture a nice sunrise, but when I saw the view from the boardwalk, I couldn't resist. I particularly liked the leading lines from the handrails to the center of the image.

    I know HDRs such as this one are not very popular with some people, but I really liked the way this one turned out. Since it was still a bit dark out, the original exposures contained either a very dark foreground, or a very overexposed sky, making them a prime candidate for HDR/tone-mapping. Yes, colors and contrast are exaggerated and not realistically accurate, giving it a surreal and unnatural look, but I find it very aesthetically pleasing!

    HDR composed from 9 bracketed exposures, with 1/3-stop difference between them. I'm still fairly new to HDR's, so any comments/critiques or suggestions on how to improve are more than welcome!

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    Violet Kashi, kityatyi, Eric Mantooth, and 94 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Marjo1963 56 months ago | reply

      Lovely colours !

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    2. fotojaps 56 months ago | reply

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    3. D.Reichardt 56 months ago | reply

      WINNER
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    4. uiltje50 56 months ago | reply

      Beautiful.

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    5. Luís Marques 56 months ago | reply


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    6. Eric Lauritzen 55 months ago | reply

      Lovely colors. Thank you.

    7. potopoyo 53 months ago | reply

      Ok you won, I LOVE HDR!!!

    8. emperor1959 www.derekbeattieimages.com 52 months ago | reply

      Aesthetically pleasing to me also a nicely composed shot and not really overcooked on the HDR.

    9. akecheta 52 months ago | reply

      Great! beatiful shot.... i like a lot ... congrats

    10. Nuno-Gomes (Enough is enough) 36 months ago | reply

      Wonderful image!


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    11. robert.faubert 36 months ago | reply

      Wonderful image!


      Thank you for sharing with us....
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    12. Resort Vacation Properties of St George Island, Fl 21 months ago | reply

      Hi! We love this amazing photo and would like your permission to possibly use it in our marketing materials, please. We are starting to work on our 2013 Vacation Planner and will give you credit each time the photo is used. If you agree, please email Candy Varnes at cvarnes@resortvacationproperties.com. Thanks so much! Patty Durham

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