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Jun 4, 2006, 2:31:29 PM
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Arch Rock by AsISeeIt Arch Rock by AsISeeIt
Well, I'm not quite satisfied with how this came out. This image was done using a high dynamic range technique of combining several frames with different exposures. Not too difficult when your subject is sitting still, but in this case so much is constantly moving and changing and the extreme lighting range of this image took me from half a second to 1/250th of a second. Then creating an acceptable mask for each layer proved to be quite a challenge as well.
I may try this another time on a more overcast day so things are toned down a bit to start with.

Arch Rock at the end of Bear Valley at Pt Reyes National Seashore, California.

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saint3meg3rlfc Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
may i use this for a background of a manip?
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AsISeeIt Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008   Photographer
Sure, just please please give credit on any derivative works and link to my original in your description on DA.
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JamesHackland Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007   Photographer
You have been featured. [link]
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:iconasiseeit:
AsISeeIt Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007   Photographer
Thank you very much! I very much appreciate that even though, I'm woefully behind on my replies...
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JamesHackland Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007   Photographer
No problem.:)
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16stepper Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2006
Gorgeous composition! This is the place of my dreams!
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AsISeeIt Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006   Photographer
Thank you! :)
It really is a beautiful spot.
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BlackCore-RaiseHell Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006
Nicely composed, beautiful spot you've found here. :-)
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AsISeeIt Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006   Photographer
Thank you! Yes this is a great place to rest and recharge during the hike.
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mamma-chicken Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2006
Gorgeous shot of a beautiful place, so much detail :)
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AsISeeIt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2006   Photographer
Thank you! It was a very refreshing break on a pretty warm hike.
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EllenEinkauf Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006  Professional Photographer
you may not be pleased with it, but i still think it is an absolutely incredible image. such a beautiful spot, i'll have to visit next time i go up there.
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AsISeeIt Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006   Photographer
Thank you! I just need to fine tune some of the masks in the full size version. I'm currently thinking about a sunset shot from here but not sure about the logistics since it's 4 miles from the parking lot. ;)
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EllenEinkauf Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2006  Professional Photographer
ooh a sunset would be so nice, especially if you could get those light rays to come through the opening in the rock. but it may be hard to get there, especially if there is a high tide... =/
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PatGoltz Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2006
Don't know whatcher complaining about. This is exquisite!
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AsISeeIt Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006   Photographer
:blush: Well, the problem areas aren't too visible at this size but I've gotten things pretty close. A few more tweaks when I get the time and feel like fiddling with it again should do the trick though. :)
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:iconpatgoltz:
PatGoltz Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
I didn't notice anything. If you want to fix them, be my guest, though. It's such a pretty picture!
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KitsuneNekoTigi Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's gorgeous
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AsISeeIt Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006   Photographer
Thank you! :)
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manymoles Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2006
holy moley!! that si one good picture!!! really nice job!! instant +fav :D
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AsISeeIt Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006   Photographer
Thanks so much! :)
Glad you like this.
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pervertedkittens Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
very nice, i dont see whats wrong w/ it, but im not a photagrapher. really cool composition. the arch does a nice job framing the little island in the background. :+fav:
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AsISeeIt Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006   Photographer
Thank you! Most of the problems aren't too visible in this smaller version. The full size version still needs a little tuning though...
Thanks for your comment and :+fav: :)
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FireLilyFractals Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
Very cool photo! I really like how the foreground arch frames the scene in the distance. :D
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:iconasiseeit:
AsISeeIt Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006   Photographer
Thank you! I felt like a lot of elements came together here. ;)
Thanks for commenting and the :+fav:!
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FireLilyFractals Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006
You are most welcome! :D
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xxmoonblissxx Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006   Interface Designer
This is excellent, the water flowing around is beautiful, the colors are great, and I like how you have the rock in the back behind the arch, good dof. :)
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AsISeeIt Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006   Photographer
Thank you! I liked the flowing wave with the slow shutter speed a lot. It has an ethereal quality to it I find appealing. ;)
Thanks for your comment! :)
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NannaHjorrdis Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006
I've been there before. ._.

But this is a really neat picture, so kudos.
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AsISeeIt Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006   Photographer
Thank you! It's a beautiful stop and a great place to cool down during a hike. ;)
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NannaHjorrdis Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006
Yep. :3
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niimo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
The frame is excellent, such a fantastic scene! So for the HDR, aparently there is some kind of function in photoshop that many people use.. although I have never done it. I have always done what I have heard called EDR (Enhanced Dynamic Range) where you shoot several shots at different shutterspeed to capture the desired lighting of each area, then manually stitch or mask the shots over one another. Is this what you did? Because the "normal" HDR projects I have seen look very unrealistic, amazing and funky at the same time. But this looks quite natural except for the water at the bottom of the frame where it kind of looks like the water and the sand are from different shots. This is awesome looking to me though. It is definitely a winner shot and worth going back. Perhaps in the late afternoon if the sun sets behind where you are facing, to light up the rock, or else perhaps in the early morning?
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AsISeeIt Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006   Photographer
My techinque here is basically as you describe. I haven't tried CS2's HDR function and will likely find that I prefer my own method. I normally combine the different exposures using masks from adjacent exposure images. I find that this provides a pretty smooth blending. However, in cases like this there there is some extreme, using the mid exposure images for the darkest and lightest frames doesn't always produce the best final image. Here I mask out most of the intermediate images and use them only where smooth transition is is present. In the case of this image, because the transition at the edge of the rock is so extreme, the actual boundary between the two is not the same between the light and the dark image. This makes masking very difficult at best. In addition, I had a moving shadow on the water to contend with as well as different color of light between sun and shadow. the effect of the water at the edge of the sand is a natural result of the moving water during exosure. All of the fully shaded portion of the image comes from the same exposure. Some ND filters would have come in handy here so I could have used the same shutter speed and aperture for all the images for a better blending effect.
The errors remaining in my masks are not that apparent at this size image, but the full size still needs some work.
As to time of day, this is a 4 mile walk through the woods, so sunrise/sunset would be a little tricky. Maybe one of these day's I'll camp at a nearby campground (about 1.5 miles away) and catch a sunset here.
Thanks for your comment! :)
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niimo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
By the way, even though I did not reply to this right away, I just wanted to let you know I appreciate your response! Thanks a lot for taking the time. :thanks:
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AsISeeIt Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006   Photographer
No problem on the reponse. I'm not too quick myself and I don't require return comments. I would prefer you have a life and keep doing your art than be overloaded with comments. :)
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niimo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
heheh true! :)
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Jezusfrek11 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006   Writer
You really have a sharp eye! These compositions are really creative and capture some powerful felings. I positively love all your work and will be watching you in the future!
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AsISeeIt Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006   Photographer
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like my work. :)
I'm happy to have this forum to share. ;)
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