Alder silhouette and shadows

Alder trees by the Beaulieu River at Longwater Lawn.

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  • Skink74 8y

    Great shadows!
  • Jim Champion 8y

    Thanks. They were much better in reality. This photo is a combination of two different exposures (on the tripod) to try and get the shadows and the sky/silhouette right.
  • Skink74 8y

    It's nicely done anyway, it's a tricky thing to get right. Can I ask how you did it?
    If I was taking this I'd have taken at least three shots and merged them in photoshop using the "Merge to HDR" function then mapping the result back to a normal jpg.
  • Jim Champion 8y

    Its two photos, one on top of t'other (in Gimp 2.2). I put a graduated transparency mask on the image. End result: top half is the shorter exposure, the bottom half the longer exposure, with a (hopefully unnoticeable) blend between them in the middle. Not much changed between the two exposures and I managed not to wobble or move the camera on the rickety tripod.
  • Skink74 8y

    Well it looks pretty good - I certainly haven't noticed the blend even at the larger sizes.
  • johnnie_essex 5y

    The alder stands in silhouette
    The shadows catch your face
    My friend and I have made a bet
    To kiss you at this place.
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Taken on July 11, 2007
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