HDR Image of Parrotts Blacksmith in Columbia

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Comments (10)

~~West Coast Sharon~… on March 16, 2009

Went on vacation to Sonora and Columbia. Right next to Yosemite and didn't get to go. Darn it all to heck. Anyway, this is an Historic Area of the California Gold Rush and a beautiful spot in California. I think the photo looks best when you click on it and enlarge it to its fullest. Sharon

SirFin on March 17, 2009

Nice one Sharon! I like the bold colors and silhouettes of the hanging tools. Did you tweak this in photoshop or is this the pure tonemapped image? If I might suggest, personally, I'd clone out the tree on the left to accentuate the iconic boulder. That would also create nice horizontal lines of the cracks in the pavement with the bright, highlighted sidewalk and split-rail fence leading to the vertical lines of the building...as you can see SirFin has too much time on his hands! LOL

~~West Coast Sharon~… on March 17, 2009

Hi SirFin. I did a little work in Photoshop before I did the HDR. I tried just doing Photomatix first and I didn't like any of the stuff I did to it. I decided to take each of the 3 photos and auto-correct in Photoshop first and I did some curve work to make the dark a little darker and the medium just a little more pronounced. Then I ran it through Photomatix again and did a little stuff there and it came out this way. I was so happy with the tools and the coloration of the walls. Not sure what I did but I liked it. I also love the toilet paper on the door. I never noticed it during the photo and I was in the place a few times and came and went out the door and never saw the paper on the door. Don't ask why it is there, I have no idea. I am interested in the cloning out of the tree but I haven't a clue as to how to do that. I am kind of new to all this business and spreading my wings with this photo stuff. I have a bunch of books and reading as fast as my little brain will take it in. I am even thinking of taking a class on digital photography. I have only pointed and shot in my like and don't understand f-stop or or shutter or AV or any of it. It is all voodoo to me. I am also thinking of taking a Photoshop class but I don't want just the basic. Enough typing for now. Thanks for the ideas and I will read about clones. Sharon

SirFin on March 18, 2009

That's a good idea, I haven't messed with the original images before HDR processing...will have to give that one a try! Nice on the t-p on the door, I didn't see that the first time around. Yes, cloning is something you'll want to master but all the basics like f-stop, etc. are definately the place to start. Sounds like you're having fun!! Regards, SirFin

Art Brown on March 18, 2009

Wow, that's a very interesting picture. You say you don't know much about photography and photo editing, but often it's the people who don't know too much that come up with new, bold, interesting things because they aren't constrained by what they think they know. Don't lose your creativity as you learn more. I look forward to seeing more pictures like this.

~~West Coast Sharon~… on March 18, 2009

Thank you so much Art for your kind words. I am having such fun experimenting with my photos. I don't think I would have if not for Panoramio and the very nice people that encourage me. Truly never thought anyone would ever look at my stuff. I just retired a week ago and now I can't wait to do all kinds of stuff. I just went to the beach today and it was so foggy and dreary I didn't think much would come of the pictures but I am going to upload a few anyway. The water was so clear for being the ocean~~I was surprised Anyway, thanks for the kind words and if you have any suggestions feel free, you will not hurt my feelings. You have great photos and I would appreciate the tips. Sharon

Salvatore Distefano on March 22, 2009

Very beautyful Photo Sharon!... and just perfect your eperiment in HDR with this one! My best compliments and regards from Sicily, Salvatore

~~West Coast Sharon~… on March 23, 2009

Hi Salvatore. Thank you for the wonderful comment. I did have fun with this picture and I do think it turned out nice. If you enlarge the photograph you can see some toilet paper on the door. Just a little added bonus. Thanks for looking. Sharon

Michael Morenz on November 21, 2009

Good job. What kind of program do you use? Regards, Michael

Brian Gymer on August 30, 2010

West Coast Sharon,a very interesting gallery.The process you used for this image was of great interest,yes I do agree enlarging makes it a great image.When you upgrade fi you haven't already done so will make the difference.Greetings from Forster Australia..Brian.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 16, 2009
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by ~~West Coast Sharon~…
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi
    • Taken on 2009/03/15 10:03:11
    • Exposure: 0.017s
    • Focal Length: 21.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.590
    • ISO Speed: ISO100