Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Get Low...

A little ReDynaMix edit, we had some dramatic clouds over the mall this past weekend. To answer Julie, I did not shoot any at the book fest, it was just some big white tents in front of the capital. It was actually was kind of muddy, we made a walk thru and hit the American Indian Smithsonian.

7 comments:

Jen R Photog... said...

I love photos like this as well as I love powerful looking clouds (my fav). :)

The low perspective is great with the flower bed right in front of you like that.

Very cool Mike. Me likey.

Andrew said...

Nice, Mike. I like the "controlled" colors here.

juliemcleod said...

Very nice! I like the broad expanse of the flower bed in the foreground.

Mike H said...

Mike,

There are a few things I like about this shot... Here goes:

Firstly, I much prefer this more subtle HDR effect. It brings out the detail and contrast in the image without taking you into fantasy land.

Next, I agree with Andrew, the colour saturation is perfectly balanced. I know from playing with HDR and the standalone version of Redynamix, colours can appear too vivid unless controlled.

Next, there are excellent lines in the shot that draw you into the building. Hopefully I can explain this properly. At each side of the shot the trees and the flowers form almost equal triangular shapes pointing into the shot, converging at the entrance door.

Still on composition, I like how this shot breaks the Rule Of Thirds. The building is in the middle third, in fact the prominent feature above the door is smack bang in the middle of the shot, but with the sky and grass taking up 1/3rd each the whole scene works really well.

Finally, the low angle gives a great perspective.

Put all that together and you have a great shot...

One question Mr Palmer... how many frames made up the HDR and what EV increments did you use?

oneshotbeyond said...

this is great. I like the patterns in the grass & flowers.

Banjo Bob said...

Ditto what Jen said as well as the cool lines.

ChrisOquist said...

The controlled use of HDR here is great - I'm so used to seeing really garish images so this is refreshing. And the angle is impressive!