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HDR/Topaz Twiddles 1/5

STUDLAND BAY, DORSET

Taken during our September holiday in Dorset this particular spot has a fine tearoom and outside area where this was taken from.  The Old Harry rocks can be seen and the Isle of Wight on the horizon.

The original of this was a bit “flat” so I made two copies at +2 and -2 exposure stops and then took those, together with the original, in to Dynamic-Photo HDR5 and produced a Tone-mapped version. I then took that in to Photoshop and after a few minor adjustments used Topaz Adjust 5.0 to complete the process and ended up with an image that is at least a bit more “lively” than the original.

HDR/Topaz Twiddles 1/5

STUDLAND BAY, DORSET

Taken during our September holiday in Dorset this particular spot has a fine tearoom and outside area where this was taken from.  The Old Harry rocks can be seen and the Isle of Wight on the horizon.

The original of this was a bit “flat” so I made two copies at +2 and -2 exposure stops and then took those, together with the original, in to Dynamic-Photo HDR5 and produced a Tone-mapped version. I then took that in to Photoshop and after a few minor adjustments used Topaz Adjust 5.0 to complete the process and ended up with an image that is at least a bit more “lively” than the original.

comments (21)

Blimey, Brian, sounds a bit complicated. I'd have just gone back to Dorset and had another go! Good result, anyway!
Brian Walbey: Perhaps I'll do both Graeme, double the fun then.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 2 Jan 2013, 00:26
Great skill and photo
Brian Walbey: Thanks vintage.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Jan 2013, 00:34
Yes..the sea is somewhat lively, Brian...nice work.

Your description of PP is fascinating...but in a foreign language...

I wonder if it translates to "I used the HDRish twiddle button in Picasa"?
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, and no it hasn't been near Picasa, I do sometimes use it for odd things, but having paid lots of money for CS3 and other programs I like to mess about once in a while.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 2 Jan 2013, 07:55
This is a fine image Brian: just look at the Isle of Wight out there
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris, and yes there is a fine view of IOW from there.
a great effort and fine result. unfortunately my home computer is stretched out to the max in order to run these software, indicated by the fan switching to high gear and audibly blowing out warm air.
Brian Walbey: Oh dear, sometimes my PC runs abit slow if I have too much running at the same time.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Jan 2013, 08:30
All that hard work paid off, Brian, but now all I want to do is go to the Isle of Wright!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, the IOW is delightful, and I bet you'll also want to go to where my twiddle is from on Friday, and Sunday is a few minutes walk from our house and is also a nice spot.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Jan 2013, 08:41
As soon as I saw this I was thinking of this tearoom, or the one closer to the ferry. In fact, I just said to Richard T that had I been at home yesterday, I would have done a walk from the ferry to Old Harry at least.

Well done on the edit; you can see the chalk cliffs at Freshwater bay on the Isle of Wight.
Brian Walbey: We went on to this tearoom after Swanage having only parked up for two hours. Their parking charges are horrendous so we sadly departed sooner than we had originally planned.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 2 Jan 2013, 08:49
We often came to Studland when our children were young, I feared I had lost them over the edge at the old Harry rocks.
Brian Walbey: Nice and not quite so nice memories prompted by this image then Chad.
After all those processes Brian, it had to be "more lively". But were you exhausted? I would have been feeling satisfied, I think.
Brian Walbey: I really enjoyed the messing about Sheila, and was quite pleased at the results.
  • Richard Trim
  • Seasonal Suffolk sojourn ... grey sky day
  • 2 Jan 2013, 09:54
Is the nudist beach still there Brian.
Brian Walbey: I presume so Richard, we never saw any such thing during our visit, but it wasn't the warmest of days which reminds one of the old saying about the unclad lady out in the cold who's n**p**s were like the chapel organ stops!!
I really like this shot. It reminds me of here in a way. Could I send you all of my photos to 'liven up'?
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mary, and you and I both know your photos don't need any special attention at all.
A lot of work there Brian, but the result is good
Brian Walbey: Thanks Martin, a bit of fun to pass some spare time away.
a place I wouldnt mind spending time
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a lovely place to go Chantal, this is in front of the cafe by the beach, and it wouldn't be too difficult for your husband to get you here in your chair.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 2 Jan 2013, 11:48
You must be psychic - Alan wanted to be there yesterday!
Brian Walbey: Yes so I see Lisl, I guess if it was like the day we had where I live it might have been quite pleasant.
A fine result and a lovely picture Brian though I'm not entirely convinced that you needed to do the bracketing for this as you won't have enhanced the overall dynamic range of original picture - as far I understand it, the bracketing should take place when taking the picture in order to effectively increase the range.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Fred. You are correct about the bracketing, but whilst doing it this way, from a single image bracketed, the software does still manage to give a pseudo effect, in fact some of the magazines have published tutorials for doing this. I was just playing about really, although I'd be interested on your thoughts on the rest of the series considering your own excellent ability at proper HDR.
Your twiddly has been to a good end, Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom.
Great view Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks John.
Strewth Brian, you have been busy smile
Brian Walbey: Indeed Bill, having fun, I wonder what you will make of the other four in the series.
Not being a twiddler your explanations are hard for me to understand, but the result is great Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
Nicely done,Brian,well worth the effort young man. smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frank, just having a bit of fun as the rest of the series might show.
This is a beautiful scene! Your processing have worked well - it actually looks quite natural!

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