Points of View Photo Project #22

Welcome to the 22nd edition of the Points of View Photo Project! This week we have been lucky enough to have a chance to work with not one, but three source images from reader and blog contributor Steve Kalman who challenged us to produce an HDR image, if we were so bold to try it.

Read on to see what some of our regulars have done with these photos and to learn how you can grab next week’s source image and participate in this excellent project that gets your creative juices flowing, invites you to experiment and try new things, and opens you up to the different perspectives that can come from a common image.

Also, be sure to scroll down to the bottom to find out how you can share your photos and a source image for one of our upcoming editions of the project!

Here’s what our friend Hendrik Demey of Antwerp, Belgium did to process this week’s image:

1. HDR generation and tonemapping using Photomatix Pro with Detail Enhancer. Multiple sliders set for a life-like representation of the scene, nothing “grungy”

2. Import in Photoshop CS4, some image amelioration with ACR 3. Postprocessing with nik filters: DFine for noise reduction, Color Efex in order to augment the red colors inĀ  the craters’ (?) rim and overall structure enhancement, nik Sharpener with default settings for “display”.

A very nice treatment, Hendrik! I think you certainly captured a true-to-life feel for this scenic shot. I’m not a huge fan of the overly grungy HDR style either, so I appreciate your take on it.

Once again, we have an entry from Andy Smith of Visual Realia – Hanover, PA, USA. Here’s what Andy hd to say:

“Fairly straight forward methods. I used only photograph B, converting it to black and white, adjusting shadows, highlights and curves, and cropping the image.

I considered stopping at that point, but there was a fair amount of noise in the sky, so I took that as an opportunity to add a texture layer.”

I like the black and white take on this one. It almost makes it seem like an older photo taken out of an explorer’s travel log. Nice work!

Here’s my version. I merged to HDR in Photoshop using the standard settings. I then converted to 16-bit and made a couple of adjustments in the Local Adjustments dialog. I used Topaz Adjust’s “Spicify” preset as my starting point to bring some color back. I then added a Curves adjustment layer to bump up the contrast a tad.

Next, I did a little tilt-shift/model effect to add some interest and give it a little something extra. To add to that effect, I added a Vibrance adjustment layer to make the colors pop a little more.

To finish it off, I added a white layer on top with a Vignette using the Lens Correction filter and set the Blend Mode to Linear Burn and decreased the opacity.

Thanks for sharing your images, Steve! We had a lot of fun this week!

If you’d like to participate, simply click on the thumbnail below to open next week’s source image in a new window and right-click to download it to your computer. Then, process the image however you like and email it to me at pov@jasondmoore.com by 8pm EST next Thursday 1/28/10.

Remember, if you would like to submit a photo for use in an upcoming edition of the project, please send me an email to pov@jasondmoore.com for details! And if you would like to sponsor this project or the site as a whole, please visit our blog sponsorship page to learn more!

  • It is always interesting to see how different people interpret the same scene. Also, I don’t think I mentioned it to Jason, but that’s the Poas Volcano in Costa Rica.

    Since they’re my originals, I didn’t want to participate, but if you’d like to see my version visit: http://tinyurl.com/yb6u4wz

    Also, I did a pano while there (5 shots horizontally, but all in HDR, so 15 raw originals). Here’s that link: http://tinyurl.com/yfx6vmr

    By the way, the weather gods were cooperating that day (Christmas morning). According to our guide, there are less than 10 cloudless mornings a year. Most days, the volcano top is in the clouds, making the caldera almost impossible to see.

    January 22, 2010 at 11:25 am
  • Thanks for sharing the files and background, Steve.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm

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