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Its the end of the World!

Sometimes its quite cathartic to do something that you're really not too keen on. Now HDR or EDR w.h.y. is okay in my ever so humble opinion if its kept inside the laws of common decency. But when it slips into the realms of looking like your Granny has just put her make-up on in the dark with the volume turned up well , I turn to the sick bag and don't hold back. Now Hdr does a good job, it extends the dynamic range for starters which can help winkle out the bits in th highlights and shadows but it seems to be abused and used to make images look as though they have been run through one of Photoshops bog standard filters, and they all have that ever so samey look to them, like a communal rash Here are some examples of restrained and overcooked ones  http://www.hdrsoft.com/gallery/index.php   you can also download a trial version to play with, and it is a useful tool. So the image above is pushed into the realms of unreality, I don't like the result, but, and its a big but, I now know how far I can squeeze something to get all the juice out, which at some point will be of use( suddenly had a terrible flashback to the days of retouching Wedding photos for folks). Stepping off the soapbox now...but now its Trumpet blowing time as Paul (tadpole) emailed me to tell me that I'm being made an exhibition of down at the National Media Museum in Bradford

http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/photography/BritainPictures.asp One in the top 20 and Five in the top 100, and all of Manchester as well, not bad for an old Fuji and some cheapo lenses, just goes to show what a Photogenic metropolis I live in....yeh......right.... Here's what the judges saw.....

http://maxblack.shutterchance.com/photoblog/What_we're_Famous_for./

Its the end of the World!

Sometimes its quite cathartic to do something that you're really not too keen on. Now HDR or EDR w.h.y. is okay in my ever so humble opinion if its kept inside the laws of common decency. But when it slips into the realms of looking like your Granny has just put her make-up on in the dark with the volume turned up well , I turn to the sick bag and don't hold back. Now Hdr does a good job, it extends the dynamic range for starters which can help winkle out the bits in th highlights and shadows but it seems to be abused and used to make images look as though they have been run through one of Photoshops bog standard filters, and they all have that ever so samey look to them, like a communal rash Here are some examples of restrained and overcooked ones  http://www.hdrsoft.com/gallery/index.php   you can also download a trial version to play with, and it is a useful tool. So the image above is pushed into the realms of unreality, I don't like the result, but, and its a big but, I now know how far I can squeeze something to get all the juice out, which at some point will be of use( suddenly had a terrible flashback to the days of retouching Wedding photos for folks). Stepping off the soapbox now...but now its Trumpet blowing time as Paul (tadpole) emailed me to tell me that I'm being made an exhibition of down at the National Media Museum in Bradford

http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/photography/BritainPictures.asp One in the top 20 and Five in the top 100, and all of Manchester as well, not bad for an old Fuji and some cheapo lenses, just goes to show what a Photogenic metropolis I live in....yeh......right.... Here's what the judges saw.....

http://maxblack.shutterchance.com/photoblog/What_we're_Famous_for./

comments (14)

Glorious. Absolutely glorious.
David Johnson: Thanks Michael, not my kind of image but I know this kind of stuff has a big following out there, maybe as I get (even) older my tastes buds will diminish and I will like them.
  • VZ
  • 20 Dec 2007, 03:41
Good and true words about look-alike HDR images, Dave. congratulations with the upcoming exhibition.
I like this dramatic image, however. I think you're too harsh to yourself.
Z
David Johnson: I know what you mean, dosn't have the stamp of 'me' on this which I think HDR work takes away some of the 'personality' that can be put into it. Hey yeh big suprise about the exhibition...they might have emailed me or something!
  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 20 Dec 2007, 07:54
Impossible to describe how much I love it, and the feeling I have looking at it ... Well done !!! I put it in my likeyes. Ann
David Johnson: In your Likeys, why thanks Ann!
Fantastic! Absolutely fantastic!
David Johnson: Thanks Richard, something I probably wouldn't repeat but useful exercise anyway!
  • Ellie
  • 20 Dec 2007, 12:59
I think this picture has the feel of an etching, or a pen and ink drawing. I agree that, somehow, it's a bit much but has it's place.

Many congratulations on having your pictures included in the exhibition. They're good ones, I'm not at all surprised smile
David Johnson: Thanks Ellie, if you go on flickr there are groups that have a huge, no, humungous following and good luck to them! Not relly me but there are things in there that can be used. As for the exhibition I will nip over to Bradford and gawp in wonder..........
wow David thats stunning m8,inspirational to me and congratulations on the pictures in the exhibition, with images like that you deserve itsmile...tim
David Johnson: Cheers Tim, inspirational eh!. Thanks for the great comment, will bob over to Bradford and see what it looks like in the flesh...maybe sneak a snap as well.
  • mick
  • Germany
  • 20 Dec 2007, 15:59
Well done in the exhibition,you put up some wonderful images,i also like this b+w image even if you dont know the differece between sunrise and sunset.the title sort of gives it away old bean.many congratulations max.
David Johnson: Ive got to have L and R painted on the soles of my shoes these days so the difference between sunrises and sunsets is really just a matter of which way I'm facing, err at the right time of day! Will go across and try and get a snap of it hanging on the wall, could be an anecdote for future grandkids!
  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 20 Dec 2007, 16:13
I like your Marian (or Venusian?) landscape. Fiddling with HDR is certainly easier than going there in person. Congrats on the photo contest!
David Johnson: Forgot to mention in the unending diatribe that there is a little bump on the horizon which is the ferry to Ireland, detail snatched from the depths by HDR, so there is some use for it. Still think HDR kills the personality of an image though.
  • Les Auld
  • Southport but out visiting family
  • 20 Dec 2007, 16:49
Totally agree with you about HDR David, seen too many that have been pushed far too far, a bit of restraint is best. Like your image though suits B&W well.

Congratulations on the exhibition pictures, well deserved.
David Johnson: Cheers Les, been enjoying your Crosby pics over on flickr
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich.. was sunny now foggy
  • 20 Dec 2007, 16:53
Well done on the exhibition...it is a cracking shot. As for this one. Reminds me a bit of the graphics on 50's sci fi comics and posters. I like it as an image. When does a photograph cease to be a photograph and become an image?
David Johnson: Now there's a whole new discussion point your opening there Bill, Image or Photograph! As you can probably guess I have some views on the matter but now is not the time. Probably should have pasted in some cardboard Rocket to add to the feeling of Kitsch 50s film
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Dec 2007, 21:23
congrats on this and the exhibition! mal
David Johnson: Thanks mate, will try and get over to Bradford and snap myself boyishly grinning next to it!
  • pixelpixie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Dec 2007, 21:44
It's about time you were recognised! Congratulations. Well deserved!

Lol, this makes me think back to when I used to watch Star Trek in black & white - don't know why but it does!

Do you have any tutorials posted anywhere on how to do what you've done to this? I could do with extending my dynamic range!
David Johnson: Hmmm might email you about this because there are a few things that you need to get your head around first, but after that its clicking a few buttons and off you go. Ha Star Trek in black and white, I suddenly remembered Opportunity Knocks being on the same night.....sheesh don't do that again...Ive got Hughie Green on in my head TV now telling me its my vote that counts....
  • Chris
  • frosty tonight!
  • 20 Dec 2007, 22:51
Excellent on both counts David, well done.
David Johnson: Cheers mate, can't wait to see my stuff hanging somewhere amongst real photographs....crikey I suddenly feel all nervous like!
Stunning shot indeed, Max!!
David Johnson: Ya think so???????

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