Don Poulton  

 Sunrise at Burlington Pier  by Don Poulton

November 2020 - Sunrise at Burlington Pier

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About the Image(s)

Finally, after a long hiatus, I've gotten back to creating some new HDR images. I took part in the Scott Kelby Photo Walk at the beginning of October and went to the pier located on the Lake Ontario waterfront in the city of Burlington. With a very high difference in brightness, I opted to shoot five auto-bracketed images instead of the usual three (I have set custom settings on my camera that I can select for 3, 5, or 7 auto-bracketed images shot in rapid-fire succession). I took the bracketed images into Aurora HDR 2019, but after processing them, I discovered that there was a lot of noise in the sky portion of the image, in addition, detail was missing from the balcony of the pier. I've also been experimenting with the new ON1 HDR program, so I tried this program to process the brackets. It produced a version that showed a better, but lighter, layer of clouds in the sky as well as more detail in the structure of the pier. But there was ghosting of the people on the balcony, despite my using a high level of deghosting in this program. So I put the two versions together in Photoshop, with the Aurora version on top. I used a layer mask to bring out the desired parts of the ON1 image. I then darkened (burned) the top clouds, which were largely from the lighter (ON1) version of the image. A complicated workflow, which I hope was worth it.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
3 comments posted

Richard White   Richard White
Don, you went to a lot of work to get the results, and I think you accomplished what you were trying to get from the photos. I like the way you brought out the individuals and the placement of the sunshine. Colors are good.   Posted: 11/02/2020 18:14:50

Ron Clegg   Ron Clegg
Definitely worth it, very nice image. I like the hiding of the sun behind the platform. I use similar workflows all the time. I habitually shoot at least 5 HDR images, some times more, depending on the subject/light. All HDR software is different in the way they Handel highlights and shadows.   Posted: 11/02/2020 20:04:26

Paul Moertl   Paul Moertl
I totally agree with Richard and Ron. Can't anything else except I like it.   Posted: 11/03/2020 17:11:23