My first attempt at what I'd like to think is a "sensible" HDR image, without the outlandish colour schemes that I've shown in recent weeks.
These cranes belong to the Port of Tyne Authority and work at Tyne Dock, South Shields, loading and unloading cargo from the River Tyne. Three RAW files tone mapped in Photomatix, then a small curves adjustment in Photoshop, and finally cleaned up with Noiseware. I arrived at Readhead's Landing just off Commercial Road in a bit of a hurry about thirty five minutes after the sun had set, it was a hurried decision as I was on my way somewhere else, so these frames were shot hand held without the tripod.
I'm pretty satisfied with the result and the colours are very close to authentic, I just hope that the maximum smoothing has brought out sufficient detail, the full resolution image (in my eyes) is a stunner. Tell me what you think.
I've been back into Photoshop and Topaz Adjust to make four or five different versions of this with differing tones and colours, shout up if you'd like me to show some of them.
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Read my views in Curly's Corner Shop, to find out a little more about my home town South Shields.
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