• I'm not completely sure what this is from. I cropped this out the first time. I decided this time not to edit it out just because I was being lazy.
  • I removed a trash can that was right here. It was cropped out originally.
  • This is the pine tree that's in a previous shot.

Peaceful Night

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This is my first true HDR picture. This is the third version of this that has been uploaded. The first two versions were manually blended using Photoshop Elements (and thus weren't true HDR). This last version was blended using Photomatix. I should have used RAW files rather than JPEGs, but I didn't think to switch my camera's mode at the time. The picture is made from two night-time exposures (30s, 8s). I used ISO 100. The first two photos looked grainy. At first I thought it was due to the exposure itself, but it turns out it was due to the PSE processing. This is the uncropped version just for kicks.

  1. **Sharing wonders** [deleted] 69 months ago | reply

    It's a beautiful street... a very nice shot, I don't know much about photography, but have you tried using "selective color" in Photoshop?... you can make the green a lot nicer... (you will only need to adjust black and green)...
    Hope you don't mind my suggestion!

  2. mjp* 69 months ago | reply

    Thanks! I'll try that and let you know. I don't mind the feedback at all...in fact that's why I'm on flickr. I get a lot more out of constructive comments like yours than I do from the generic "nice jobs". Even though the "nice job"'s are fun too, I'm personally looking more for quality rather than quantity in terms of feedback. I've decided that I'm here primarily to learn the art. The popularity contest is nice (and I may play it now and again), but it's secondary to developing in the craft. I've seen way too many pictures that I considered to be sub-par with 80+ comments. I'm not going to try to create attention artificially. Either my tastes are way off, or there's more to hits/comments than the pure quality of the picture. That isn't going to be my primary focus. I'm more interested in quality (and the community that comes with that).

    [Sorry about the essay, but it's been on my mind lately.]

  3. mjp* 69 months ago | reply

    Let me know how you like this updated version. I couldn't find "selective color" by that name, but I used a combination of levels and saturation layers. I also cropped to put the focus on the areas with more light.

  4. **Sharing wonders** [deleted] 69 months ago | reply

    I actually prefer the original crop!!.. but it has to be to your taste....
    Re colours, I'm not too keen on this edit , in Photoshop, if you go to Image--- Adjustments-- Selective color.... you can then sort out the green and black in this one.... you can also find this on the bottom of the Layer palette (the shape is a circle, half white and half black)... good luck.

  5. mjp* 69 months ago | reply

    Okay, this is my final post of this picture. I decided not to crop it just for kicks since the first two were probably too cropped. See the updated description for more. Thanks **Sharing wonders** for the constructive feedback.

  6. paulogabriel 69 months ago | reply

    Nice night scene! :)

  7. mjp* 69 months ago | reply

    Thanks Paul!

  8. VanWhelan 25 months ago | reply

    I really like this photo. With regards to the semi-circular mystery in the note, I think that actually adds a lot of interest. I'm not sure what it is either...lens flare of some sort?

    This photo has a really dreamy surreal feel to it...lots of green and I like how the street leads the eye to the back of the photo.

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