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Little Mis by Alex37 Little Mis by Alex37
I'm not entirely happy with this, but given that any sort of sunset was completely unexpected then I guess it's not bad! I spent and age doing the exposure blend for this, it was very difficult, so hopefully it's OK even if it isnt great!

Little Mis lies on the western side of Dartmoor
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WCSallySally Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Looks like magic at work!
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EvaMcDermott Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Great work on the blend Alex. Fantastic sky.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Eva
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oro-elui Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
absolutely amazing.
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GroovyGeek Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
IMO, the image has good middleground (the rock) and background (the sunset), but not much of a foreground which tends to reduce the overall visual impact. It is a good attempt to make something out of nothing --- great light and not much to reflect it from. I myself failed MISERABLY at that a few years ago when surprisingly faced with the best sunset I have ever seen [link] I would like to think that I would do a better job next time, but I have never had the chance to try.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, I agree with your criticisms :)

Alex
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justeline Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
I'll repeat: the skies love you Alex! :nod:
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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ogiedomane Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
featured [link]
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
I like it a lot. :-)
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I think this is one of your most unique image. The conditions are pretty unusual and I think the work you have don pays off. If you want to know how believable it is - I can believe it.
I think it's up there with your best.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Jake. The light is nice for sure, but I do kind of wish that I was at a slightly different location!
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JustinDeRosa Featured By Owner May 4, 2010   Photographer
beautiful i love this
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amzimme Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this--the sharp outlines and the blurs of color play really well against each other. I like how you set the light behind the rock, too, it's a neat effect.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
Lovely pink sky and I'm liking that compo. Nice stuff Alex :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Drew, I'm moderately happy with it, although its not setting my world alight :P
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Plenty of time for that :)
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prolet Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
Bravo!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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prperold Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
It's a wonderful shot. On the technical side I have to say that the edges of the rocks are slightly "oversharpened".

Your blending is always 100% clean. Since many of your shots have rocks or trees against bright skies, I find it hard to believe that you paint the masks manually. Whenever I have difficult blends, I use luminosity masks. I know they have their weaknesses, but they sure are powerful if used with care. Do you use a similar approach? I will respect it if you do not want to share your secrets, I am just curious since your results are always exemplary.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
The reason why I dont use luminosity masks is that I find that they will get the edges wrong. It's kind of hard to explain, but if you are shooting into the sun the edge on the overexposed image is in a different place tot he edge on an underexposed image. For that reason they dont match perfectly so you have to compromise to a certain extent. For this shot I used a luminosity mask as the basis, to work out exposure levels etc, but then did the entire edge manually. I have often threatened to do a tutorial on this, I probably will one day.

I agree on the oversharpening on the edge, I just didnt mask it like I usually do because I was in a rush :)

Thanks

Alex
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prperold Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
I hear you. The bigger the difference in exposure between the background and foreground tree/rock/etc, the bigger that "gap" between the edges. I have found some really odd looking edges with this technique, but there are always ways of getting round such problems, which do, however, require more manual intervention. Luminosity masks can be obtained from any of the exposures and used as selections when masking the other exposure. I don't know if that makes sense, but anyway, thanks for sharing.

Rock on :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah it makes sense, I have tried similar things but I think the manual way just works better! Thanks :)
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ancoben Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
Looks beautiful to me.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Anne
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
great photo :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
ur welcome :)
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Funtoon Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional Artist
Wonderful color and nice shot .. :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks
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Funtoon Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Artist
You are welcome .. :)
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grevys Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
i can see that this is a pixel by pixel blend job ... you got some good conditions here. that small (somewhat isolated) bright spot on the left of the rocks does pull my eye and distract a little. the tone/brightness on this side, as it were, is good though.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
can you see it or do you just know it? I'd be interested to know how you can see it :) Thanks for the critique Stuart.

Alex
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grevys Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
alex - well, partly loose use of words but partly not. i know it ... but also i (think i) see that the edges are a little hard. also the brighter area on the right tells a blending tale. these are difficult exposures ... and this sort of blending damned tedious work!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah, I think this is one I will hide away in my gallery, such a difficult scene to capture!
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
Very nice light in that sky, and blended the exposures well, foreground feels just right.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Phil
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pestilence Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
Feels quite nice blending :)
The light is fantastic, and the rock exposure feels as it should :) gives the sky the attention it needs :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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astulock Featured By Owner May 3, 2010   Photographer
Beautiful. Is exposure blending the secret to your success?
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
no, hard work is
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astulock Featured By Owner May 3, 2010   Photographer
Well said.
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