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Abandoned House *In cam HDR+Antique Edit* by PAlisauskas Abandoned House *In cam HDR+Antique Edit* by PAlisauskas
abandoned house revisited
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You wanted me to write you a critique for this one. As I tell everyone I write for; don't mind the stars, they don't teach you anything.

This is you testing in-built HDR. What you've experienced now is that this isn't the way to go. In built HDR is alot worse than shooting jpeg instead of raw. It simply doesn't give you enough options to create the image as you like it. I'd recommend you to look into either photomatix of Nik Softwares HDR Efex Pro.
I'll add a video on composition and some tips on how to approach a subject you find interesting at the end of this critique.
When it comes to representing something you want to check the borders in your frame before pressing the button, this will save you alot of work in the post-processing; spesifically you benefit from either framing the house in branches or removing distracting ones (like on the righthand side).


First off I would remove the branches of the righthandside with a clone tool or healbrush.
As I mentioned about inbuilt HDR, it makes it hard to do anything, but I'll try to lead you somewhere.
HDR will often give you halos when it's big differences between light and dark in the first place. I would remove this from the roof and down the righthandside as best as I could. Halos more or less is the mainreason people don't like HDR, also known as "overdone" HDR.
And if you have the opportunity, I would reduce the exposure level of the cabin, so it'll differ in gradation from the gras.

I would never tell you not to do HDR, I do it myself and I like it. I will however recommend you to doing it manually, it'll give you so much more control on when to and when not to use it.
Also I recommend you this video [link] on photography, not so much about settings, but more about how to approach a scene.

I hope this was helpful and I'm not intending to sound harsh, but you won't understand what I'm trying to say if I'm not direct :)
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PhotoStalking Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so beautiful I screeched a little when I saw it show up in my inbox.
PAlisauskas Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:-) , Turned out better then i thought it would have ..

Thanks alot for checking it out and commenting .. Really do appreciate your time ..
PhotoStalking Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It turned out great c:

You're welcome! <3
lostinthenightnature Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow that is really creepy. The edit really makes the picture
P.S. I went back to that old factory today and got some cool shots. I am in the process of uploading them now
PAlisauskas Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :-) .. I liked how the "edited" version turned out .. altho the color one isnt to bad , this has a better feel to me ..

I appreciate your time as always .!! :highfive: :wave:
lostinthenightnature Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like this version because it adds emotion to the photo.
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November 17, 2012
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Shutter Speed
1/400 second
Focal Length
22 mm
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Date Taken
Nov 17, 2012, 2:01:14 PM
Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.0 Macintosh