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« Reply #60 on: February 27, 2012, 06:29:04 PM »

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I took this at a local cemetery, This is for a photo competition, the subject was Automotive & ominous.  5 exposure HDR.  And what caught my eye, was the leading lines of the road, that bring you into the subject.


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« Reply #60 on: February 27, 2012, 06:29:04 PM »

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« Reply #61 on: February 27, 2012, 06:58:45 PM »

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I took this at a local cemetery, This is for a photo competition, the subject was Automotive & ominous.  5 exposure HDR.  And what caught my eye, was the leading lines of the road, that bring you into the subject.

Nice pic! that has to be one of the best HDR car photo's i've seen, EVER. Usually HDR pics of cars make me want to be sick or at least have a siezure, but that is clean. what did you use to process it?
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« Reply #62 on: February 27, 2012, 07:07:20 PM »
I used photshop CS 5, and just played with the setting until I got that clean look.  Personally I usually go to the "Overcooked HDR" look for cars, but for this shot, i found the subtle HDR to be far more pleasing.

And thank you for the compliment.

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« Reply #63 on: February 27, 2012, 07:19:41 PM »
I used photshop CS 5, and just played with the setting until I got that clean look.  Personally I usually go to the "Overcooked HDR" look for cars, but for this shot, i found the subtle HDR to be far more pleasing.

And thank you for the compliment.

Nice, I thought it didn't have the usual photomatix tell tales
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« Reply #64 on: February 28, 2012, 12:01:32 PM »
Nice pic! that has to be one of the best HDR car photo's i've seen, EVER. Usually HDR pics of cars make me want to be sick or at least have a siezure, but that is clean. what did you use to process it?

You mean to tell me that you don't like images that look like cartoons? What's wrong with you? Taking an all-around mediocre image, going all HDR crazy, and getting e-high-fives from your online cohorts is a rite of passage for any novice photog! It ranks right up there with shooting black and white images of your obese cat.

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« Reply #65 on: February 28, 2012, 02:59:04 PM »
Nice pic! that has to be one of the best HDR car photo's i've seen, EVER. Usually HDR pics of cars make me want to be sick or at least have a siezure, but that is clean. what did you use to process it?

You mean to tell me that you don't like images that look like cartoons? What's wrong with you? Taking an all-around mediocre image, going all HDR crazy, and getting e-high-fives from your online cohorts is a rite of passage for any novice photog! It ranks right up there with shooting black and white images of your obese cat.

I think that when it comes to cars, going overboard on HDR, has it's time and place.  And it's so easy to want to push the photo to it's limits. 



Here a pseudo HDR i did several years back.  Printed this photo looks good, but in the last few years i would never make the mistakes I did.

1.) Tonemapped not true HDR
2.) Went to the extremes on every slider possible (all or nothing)
3.) Broke my first rule of automotive photography "GET THE WHOLE CAR!!" unless your focusing on one single part of the car.
4.) Halos in the background

But what i have learned is you need to make mistake, and recognize what mistakes you made, to make the next photo look even better.

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« Reply #66 on: February 28, 2012, 04:11:53 PM »
V8beast, that is a gorgeous photo of a Camaro SS there, I really like the soft neutral tones of the rest of the image, not overly contrasty as is the norm for auto photography these days.  great work.

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« Reply #67 on: February 28, 2012, 04:47:54 PM »
Went to Rally Sweden a couple of weeks back and caught Petter Solberg going wide. Used a Canon 40D with a Tamron 17-50 attached.

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« Reply #68 on: February 28, 2012, 06:15:22 PM »
Went to Rally Sweden a couple of weeks back and caught Petter Solberg going wide. Used a Canon 40D with a Tamron 17-50 attached.

ole, sweet shot ... the blue snow is a bit distracting; it looks like you could isolate and desaturate the blues pretty easily which would conflict less with the colors throughout the rest of the image.  awesome action there, though

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« Reply #69 on: February 28, 2012, 06:25:54 PM »
I think that when it comes to cars, going overboard on HDR, has it's time and place.  And it's so easy to want to push the photo to it's limits. 

Personally, I despise any HDR that looks overtly HDR. If I submitted a cartoonish HDR image to any of my clients, they'd call me back asking "WTF is that $hit?" and that would be the last time they ever hired me for an assignment. I couldn't blame them, either.  If I were in their shoes, I'd do the exact same thing.
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« Reply #70 on: February 28, 2012, 06:28:58 PM »
Went to Rally Sweden a couple of weeks back and caught Petter Solberg going wide. Used a Canon 40D with a Tamron 17-50 attached.

Nice! That's one hell of a first post! I love how the backlighting really brings out the definition of the snow.

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« Reply #71 on: February 28, 2012, 06:32:10 PM »
I think that when it comes to cars, going overboard on HDR, has it's time and place.  And it's so easy to want to push the photo to it's limits. 

Personally, I despise any HDR that looks overtly HDR. If I submitted a cartoonish HDR image to any of my clients, they'd call me back asking "WTF is that $hit?" and that would be the last time they ever hired me for an assignment. I couldn't blame them, either.  If I were in their shoes, I'd do the exact same thing.

I hear you there man, Car phototography is a lot harder than people think, I dont do much of it and never have done it paid but it is very easy to tell the best from the rest. love your work.
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« Reply #72 on: February 28, 2012, 06:46:13 PM »
An interesting thread. Not all HDR,s have to look unreal , careful use of different exposures and layers as opposed to default HDR rendering can look goog. Although I'm biased. Take a look at http://www.adrianwroth.com/album/automotive?p=1&s=UA-10244230-1%20-%20http://www.adrianwroth.com#1

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« Reply #73 on: February 28, 2012, 06:54:07 PM »
I hear you there man, Car phototography is a lot harder than people think, I dont do much of it and never have done it paid but it is very easy to tell the best from the rest. love your work.

Thanks for the kind words. I'm just trying to keep up with those that are better than me  :)

Like you said, there's a lot more involved with automotive photography than meets the eye, but that can be said for every form of photography. It's just a matter of learning the specifics of each discipline, and adapting accordingly. For instance, a good friend of mine used to shoot super high end product/catalog work for all the big Chicago ad agencies. After getting laid off, he decided to transition to automotive work. There were some fundamental mistakes in his early work, but after just a few gigs, he started producing some of the best damn work in the industry. Ultimately, an artist is an artist.

I'd like to think I can hang with him on the automotive stuff, but he absolutely whips my sorry butt when it comes to portraits and landscapes. Over the years, I've developed a deep respect for photographers that can excel in multiples fields within the photographic world. I'm in awe of those than can shoot fashion, sports, landscapes, and portraits at a very high caliber, not just one specific specialty.

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« Reply #74 on: February 28, 2012, 07:20:56 PM »
Awesome work, Adrian! I'm getting hungry just looking at the food shots, and am quite envious that you got to shoot a McLaren.

Not all HDR,s have to look unreal , careful use of different exposures and layers as opposed to default HDR rendering can look goog.

I agree 100%. IMHO, layering in multiple exposures to extend the dynamic range of an image is a must in order to bridge the gap between what the camera sees and what the human eye sees. In other words, it should look so natural that people don't even know that it's HDR.

This isn't a particularly good image, but exposing for a dark car like this will often blow out the sky entirely. Furthermore, since the top of the quarter panels are white, they were blown out as well. Obviously, this isn't how my eye captured the image when looking through the viewfinder.



An easy fix was to layer in a second exposure that was properly exposed for the sky. An ND grad filter may have been used to enhance the effect, but I don't remember, as this shot was take five years ago.



This is far more representative of what the scene actually looked like. Technically, it's HDR, but it was done to make the image appear more natural, not like a cartoon. IMHO, overly processed HDR is a pathetic gimmick that's often used as a substitute for basic photographic skills, and it needs to go away  :) Some people can pull it off, but they are the exception to the rule.
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« Reply #74 on: February 28, 2012, 07:20:56 PM »