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Old 22nd February 2011, 06:44   #11866
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@gd1418:
Well there is warm and there is too warm.

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Excellent shots sir. The HDR is what an HDR should be - does not look like an HDR. Plus you seem to have some awesome equipment. Your bird pictures are simply too good.
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Old 22nd February 2011, 08:32   #11867
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Default A visit to National Zoo, Washington DC

Visited the National Zoo at Washington DC last weekend. Amazing place for animal lovers. The way they have maintained the entire zoo is very commendable. I thought that animals won't be outside in such cold weather (-5 degrees), but they were out and very very active .

Here are some photos I like. All taken using my 55-300mm lens hand-held.

7 months young lion cubs. There were total 7 of them. They were playing with each other all the time. Never bothered with all the crowd that was gathered to watch them.
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Look at those expressions.
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Playing with big daddy.
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Big daddy with the look.
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Wish I could fly that way.
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I don't like in here.
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You have seen me, now move ahead.
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This fella came very near our lunch table for his lunch.
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Look at my feathers.
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Mine too. Ain't it beautiful?
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The ferocious cheetah.
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Old 22nd February 2011, 08:57   #11868
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Thank you Clever. Could you explain this a bit more?
@gd1418: Please refer to this edited image of yours, I have brought in more dynamic range except in a small rectangular region inside the picture which is very easy to identify. Inside that rectangle I have preserved the original image as it was posted by you. Hope this clarifies. This is a manual processing in CS4 but for more original dynamic range you can create and HDR or blend exposures.
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@robimahanta:
Excellent shots sir. The HDR is what an HDR should be - does not look like an HDR. Plus you seem to have some awesome equipment. Your bird pictures are simply too good.
Agree. Nice shot, but it doesn't look very 'HDR-ish'
And, I still say the same thing about the pictures... bit too warm still Looks like an orange color cast all over the pictures.

@robi: The owl picture is beautiful.. and sharp too!
@Gandhi: Nice clicks

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Old 22nd February 2011, 10:51   #11869
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Aha, now I get it. What you mean is post processing. Well, that's not my cup of tea. I do not PP my photos. The only PP that I ever do is cropping and that's all.

I like my pictures as it is. If you shall see al my pictures in the past and acurrent they are minus PP..

What you have done to my picture looks great, but somehow I feel that the character is missing.

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@gd1418: Please refer to this edited image of yours, I have brought in more dynamic range except in a small rectangular region inside the picture which is very easy to identify. Inside that rectangle I have preserved the original image as it was posted by you. Hope this clarifies. This is a manual processing in CS4 but for more original dynamic range you can create and HDR or blend exposures.
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Old 22nd February 2011, 12:01   #11870
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@Chevy_lover,
Great pictures especially the first and second ones. Clever_Max will tell you that the pictures are too warm though. Hee hee.
Is this also considered warm?
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Aha, now I get it. What you mean is post processing. Well, that's not my cup of tea. I do not PP my photos. The only PP that I ever do is cropping and that's all.

I like my pictures as it is. If you shall see al my pictures in the past and acurrent they are minus PP..

What you have done to my picture looks great, but somehow I feel that the character is missing.
I did not mean post processing because that's too general a term for describing what I have done. HDR creation or exposure blending is just a part of it but are not limited to post processing alone but to shooting the picture as well because you need to take multiple exposures.

Any camera has its limitations and so some images can't represent what exactly human eye saw. Dynamic range is the best example, our eyes can see a lot more dynamic range than any camera can see through a single exposure.

Some cameras even have built in HDR processing, where this kind of processing happens within the camera itself while the jpeg is made. Some have Dynamic Range Optimization. Canon recently patented a technology where they control the exposure for every pixel individually so that one single click can capture a very wide dynamic range.


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Is this also considered warm?
No it looks close to natural.. wonder from where you have clicked that picture..

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The Sun in her palms!
Thats a beautiful capture !

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Well if you have the Sun in the picture, then it is bound to be warm. No?
No, when a lady is holding the Sun, it has to be HOT

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An HDR......Back to birding, Spotted Owlet
Perfect HDR according to me. Thats what I hate about few HDR images posted here previously, its made too artificial far from reality. Owl image takes the cake, too good and crisp ! I think you are on the way to giving up the stethoscope to be with Nat Geo ! Let me know if you need guidance, I know 3 docs who have done that already.

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Visited the National Zoo at Washington DC last weekend.
Good collection, all of them are good.

I better dont post to spoil the beauty of this lovely page
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Old 22nd February 2011, 12:27   #11873
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@Gandhi (Ronak)
Lovely pictures. However, there is visible vignetting. Is this deliberate or an after effect of taking photos at the longest end of the zoom? Pictures look great in any case.

@royalcruiser:
Ask clevermax. Oh wait, I can see that he has already answered and you passed the test.

@shaju:
Stop being so humble. You take some brilliant snaps as well.
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Perfect HDR according to me. Thats what I hate about few HDR images posted here previously, its made too artificial far from reality. Owl image takes the cake, too good and crisp ! I think you are on the way to giving up the stethoscope to be with Nat Geo ! Let me know if you need guidance, I know 3 docs who have done that already.
If you look at the closeness of that image to reality, yes I agree that it looks perfect. But for this, one need not process HDR, as it can be easily achieved from one shot and a bit of adjustments during PP.

I love surreal looking images - HDR or not. It shows an artist's vision of what otherwise looks to be a normal everyday scene of some place or some object, in the eyes of many. An artist has all the freedom to explore the limits of his camera and creative ability.. That can produce very artistic images. I am not saying that shooting everything close to reality is bad.

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Old 22nd February 2011, 12:42   #11875
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....An artist has all the freedom to explore the limits of his camera and creative ability.. That can produce very artistic images. I am not saying that shooting everything close to reality is bad.
In that case you must be loving this image, please dont tell me you dont
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From my Pench visit, last month.
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In that case you must be loving this image, please dont tell me you dont

I did not post it earlier fearing rotten eggs and tomatoes
Shaju actually I liked it, for printed stationary or for using as background in outlook emails what do you say ?

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From my Pench visit, last month.
Good landscapes fazal sahab.
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No it looks close to natural.. wonder from where you have clicked that picture..

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Yeah looks like!
Taken atop Ratnadurga fort during my trip in Dec '10. I waited for a while for several other trawlers to clear off and then got this one lone trawler
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In that case you must be loving this image, please dont tell me you dont
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Shaju actually I liked it, for printed stationary or for using as background in outlook emails what do you say ?
Good landscapes fazal sahab.
Agree with amitk26...

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Wow beautiful image, the first one
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Excellent image of the Sun streaks Fazal Sir, the location and fall colors are making it extra beautiful. I shot a few in green surroundings sometime back, but seeing your capture I feel the reds, yellows and greens mix give it a much much better look, very nice indeed!
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