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You talkin’ to me?

You talkin' to me?

I don’t often have people in my images. I’m not sure why that is, as people are perfectly photogenic and will often make the picture; however since I’ve been learning HDR the few attempts at including people in them haven’t worked out too well.

They are okay from far away, where you seem there is a person there but no real detail; but up close they just don’t work. The skin in particular seems to come out with dark patches and a rather unhealthy look, as if the subject has leprosy.

Over the festive period I had a few friends visiting with the child, so I of course pulled out the camera to see what shots I could get, in particular using my 50mm prime which I’m just starting to actually make use of and get used to.

The subject wasn’t too keen on me taking photos and would often change from a look of glee to a disapproving frown whenever she turned and saw me pointing the camera. Bracketing was very much out of the question!

The above image is therefore processed from a single raw file. The skin turned out much better than it has done in my previous experience which I’m pleased with but there is still something a little ‘odd’ there. I didn’t pull any of the original image back in for this shot, the only real post tone-mapping work done was to sharpen the face slightly and, most certainly, the eyes. The background had a lot of noise so I toned that down a bit and added a little more blur, though some of the noise remains.

Overall I quite like the look, and it’s certainly my best human based HDR. I do still think there is room for improvement though.

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UrbEx failure

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Renoir Cinema

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