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Robin Hood's Bay - the sequel | by bad_doggy!
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Robin Hood's Bay - the sequel

First of all, view it in LARGE for best effect.


I'm really chuffed with the level of detail in this picture, given that it consists of 5 handheld exposures taken in low light conditions


The white halo effect on the horizon on the far right is nothing to do with the processing. It was a bright white streak of cliff mist that was really there.


The mist was creeping in at a hell of a rate. Soonafter this shot was taken we were engulfed and the temperature plummeted in seconds.


We hot-footed it back along the path, nipped down through the bushes and scurried along the seawall that you can see in the middle right of the picture, before beating a hasty trail up the village steps to the pub. Of course.


10 minutes later I was sat by a log fire, sinking my face into a pint of Cider and a Steak and Guinness pie.


I've had worse days.


In case anyone was wondering (because I've seen this picture discussed on forums elsehwere on the web), yes - it's meant to be 'extreme'. I prefer a more subtle application of my typically 'pop' HDR technique normally, but I've rattled off a few lately where I've attempted to explore HDRification, to gauge whether or not that extra push on the saturation slider etc towards a painted look actually yields more interest on the sales front.


On the sites where I sell my work, sales of my more 'extreme' HDRs are higher than the more subtle ones. The public have spoken, the tasteless fools!


I'm still very fond of this pic, though. It's got its own merits I think.



The technicals... I fed 5 exposures into Photomatix, then rolled them part-baked through Photoshop CS3 before pressing them into a lightly buttered Neat Image. Some 8 minutes later, a steaming hot filtered HDR landed in my lap, which I promptly wolfed down and then violently projectile vomited straight onto Flickr.


I really must get myself that uploading tool.


My diaphragm can't take much more of this.

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Taken on April 10, 2008