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THE SHOT
1. Im shooting with a D80, a mid class DSLR, but relatively new with some fairly decent options & a tokina 12mm a solid and sharp lens, so ofcourse this plays a part in the final product.

2. Using the right filter in this case a graduated neutral density 4 to avoid the sky being blown out and allow easier post process. doing all you can prior to post process can make all the difference.

3. Perth City, Western Australia. The time was 2pm, it was sunny but the sky was covered by a thin layer of clouds & almost no humidty. (conditions play a major roll in the camera settings).

4. Particular cam settings / ISO 125 / Optimize Mode = Vivid / White Balance = Auto / RAW mode / Focus mode = Dynamic.

5. For this shot a tripod was inconvenient and i wanted max clarity, there is a common misconception where people think higher aperture means greater depth of field & max detail, this is'nt totaly correct. Manual Priority mode, i used an aperture of 4! and shutter speed of 1/640, this means i could use a nice quick shutter to allow the least amount of movement, and as you can see the depth of field right to the clouds is excellent.


POST PROCESS
6. Now to turn this image into a Pseudo DRi, which is a "false" form of HDR, it has its pros & cons. Since i only shot 1 image i need to now create multiple exposures from this 1 image, you can use a few different programs to do this all of which have different compression results & you can see some here [link] , i use Capture NX to take the single RAW image and make 4 exposures -2 -1 0 +1, and save each as a 16Bit Tiff.

7. The next step is taking the four 16Bit Tiffs & compiling them into a HDR image with photomatix, i tonemap the image until im satisfied always being mindful of the lightsmoothing, microcontrast & microsmoothing, as i like to ratain as much clarity as possible.

8. Now i export the image into CS3 for final processing, i masked the sky and colour balanced it, adjusted some saturations & sharpend the whole image. Lightend the curves & levels a tiny bit.

9. I save the PSD file so i have the hardcopy, then something i do which most dont is resize it in photoshop to the size i want it on DA, by this i mean when you click full view of my image, it is that exact size when viewed in CS3 @ 100%. i then save it as sRGB - PNG & upload it to DA to be viewed 'original size', this way DA dont restrain the size & deviants view the image at its highest quality.


Summary
You can get out just as much as you put in, taking the best possible shot prior to processing helps, though not Super Critical its still important to try retain as much clarity as you can through programs as depending on your image it may be the difference between a +fav or not.

Dont drag your RAW straight into Photomatix, create multiple exposures first & use 16bit Tiffs.

Massive Aperture doesnt ALWAYS mean more detail my shots are proof & this isnt the method i use for all shots, different shots require different attention and different software.

Dont give up keep working at it & dont be afraid to ask me any questions ill be glad to help


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:iconfior-labhair:
Fior-Labhair Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
This is the kind of shot I only dream of taking. What kind of camera do you use? (I can file it away for a later date- when I actually have funds to equip myself with proper equipment. :) )
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passghost Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
Simply amazing. Read the tut.. When I get a camera I will be back.







Amazing..









Simply amazing!
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:iconrandom007:
Random007 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
Great shot and not too over-the-top post work. Thanks, too, for the detailed explanation. The colour dynamics are good.
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dreamersaint Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
im hoping its beacuse im a compleat noc=vice when it comes to photography, being pround when i get a decent macro shot of a flower -_-
but most of what you said went waaayyyy over my head about pior and post exposusre... and im feeling a little silly.
however, i can appriciate the pictures
and i do
a lot
these are amazing
so kepp up the good work... whatever it is you do

:)
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008   Photographer
thank you :)
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:iconddefalco:
ddefalco Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
this is a really cool image i love how the sky jsut "flows" into the buildings, to 'hide' them in a sense.
great shot.
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008   Photographer
thanks
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:iconnkvgbd:
NKVGBD Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
Nice angle,beautiful fusion of gray and blue,well captured reflections :)
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008   Photographer
thanks :)
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:iconnkvgbd:
NKVGBD Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008
You're welcome :)
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:iconolivie-marchal:
Olivie-Marchal Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
The the angle of it... the sky fits in perfect. It kinda look like the buildings are transparent with the reflections. :-)
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008   Photographer
thanks for your coment :)
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:iconkishua1989:
kishua1989 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
i like the sky. its like natures going to strike those buildings down :P
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008   Photographer
lol
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:iconlishaa:
Lishaa Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
A masterpiece !
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008   Photographer
thank you :)
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:iconageel:
Ageel Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008   Photographer
Featured [link]
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:iconifeelnosorrow:
iFeelNoSorrow Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008  Student Digital Artist
so amazing i wanna be able to do this too -.-

anyway great work :D
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008   Photographer
thanks
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:iconrocketman09:
rocketman09 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008   Photographer
:)
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:icontomasny:
tomasNY Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional
Unbelievable view...!!!
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008   Photographer
thank you :)
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:icontomasny:
tomasNY Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Professional
No problem...!
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:icondragonink7:
DragonInk7 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
Featured in my journal!
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008   Photographer
wow thank you, much appreciated it :)
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:icondragonink7:
DragonInk7 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
You're welcome!!
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The info on process is really useful (though I don't have an SLR...), thanks for sharing that :)
I love the clarity and perspective.
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008   Photographer
why thank you :)
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:iconlucyredfield:
LucyRedfield Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I was impressed not only with this picture, I love all your photos. You are a great artist! Amazing...
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008   Photographer
why thank you
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:icondragonink7:
DragonInk7 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008  Professional Photographer
Featured in my journal!
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008   Photographer
wow thank you very much, i really appreciate that
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:icondragonink7:
DragonInk7 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008  Professional Photographer
You're welcome!! :hug:
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:iconaxonia:
Axonia Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
Get in thanks for the "how to HDR"

Im proper ched :D

thanks a bagiliiioon trillion camillion cillion ashillion
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008   Photographer
your welcome
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:iconartweller24:
artweller24 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
Really great=)
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008   Photographer
thanks :)
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:iconartweller24:
artweller24 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
You're very welcome=)
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:iconmaksn:
Maksn Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woahhhhhhh. Amazing view! O: great job! xD
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008   Photographer
thank you
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:iconrevenantprime:
revenantprime Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Professional Photographer
Not really necessary with lightroom 2's masking features ;)
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008   Photographer
ok
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:iconblumcsi:
Blumcsi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
You're so worth to watch! I can't beleive you've took the effort to post a whole turorial worth of explanation on how this shot was made. I'm so grateful for that!

It's also cool to know you're from Australia... makes me proud in a way ;)
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008   Photographer
thank you for saying im so worth to watch :)
and im glad you read my tutorial
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:icondusk14:
Dusk14 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Student
I feel bad for not leaving comments on anything when I'm favoriting a bunch of your stuff. I really like your works +Watch
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008   Photographer
thats ok, no problem
i dont mind if i dont get coments
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:icondusk14:
Dusk14 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Student
well still ^-^ I really love your Gallery, I still need to finish going through it.
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:iconmeng-na:
meng-na Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
you re really good
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:iconbia37:
bia37 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008   Photographer
why thanks
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