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Sunflowers III (no HDR)

Posted by
Ralph Jones (Detroit, United States) on 6 September 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Mission Statement:
To document the city in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people.

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

In case you have not noticed, I have been having some fun of late photographing sunflowers and precessing them in HDR. I decided to process the above image sans the HDR. Not sure which I like the best so I am asking for your opinion on the matter. HDR or no HDR? Thanks in advance for your advice.

Mission Statement:
To document the city in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people.

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

No HDR but a little burst of fill flash, right? Prefer this one, the contrast is just a touch flat and unnatural in the hdr versions.

6 Sep 2010 6:05am

Gary from Cochise County, United States

This one is fine also. It's the artist not the process.

6 Sep 2010 6:18am

Cosmin from Bucharest, Romania

beautiful, what a nice detail and good focus on the flowers , good job

6 Sep 2010 7:15am

Cosmin from Bucharest, Romania

i like more this in this case

6 Sep 2010 7:16am

Amir Pouryousef from Tabriz, Iran

have you ever heard the word "fantastic". it should be used for your photo.
great shot. and so beautiful.

6 Sep 2010 8:09am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Great photo! The angle from which you shot the sunflowers against the clouds is wonderful!

6 Sep 2010 3:13pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Even more wow! Love that this is natural and you achieve this fantastic light in the foreground over the flowers. I am personally a no HDR person. Your skill is better seen here. Is this a field of sunflowers in/around Detroit?

6 Sep 2010 3:15pm

David from Detroit, United States

This is great! I like the fill flash or reflector light on the close blossoms. Very nice!

6 Sep 2010 4:42pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Agree with David, the light you used is spectacular for the flowers in the foreground. Love this shot a lot. I like the last two, too, though. Hmmm, couldn't pick if I had to.

6 Sep 2010 5:38pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


6 Sep 2010 9:13pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

No HDR, but there is a look of some kind of special processing. It's incredibly good; all three shots are super!

6 Sep 2010 9:47pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Ralph, I was 'introduced' to you today by Viewfinder and Eric Cousineau in Tarpon Springs, FL, where we met in person. I've just gone through your portfolio and am most impressed. Your Hero series touched me as my husband is a retired firefighter. Secondly, your 100 Strangers is phenomenal. I will be following this venture. Bravo!

7 Sep 2010 12:53am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

fabulous composition - i like the sunflowers staring the viewer right in the face so to speak - they look beautiful too with good sharpness and detail! the dramatic clouds in the background complete this scene very well!

7 Sep 2010 3:00am

Sankar from India

Love it...

7 Sep 2010 3:17am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

so pretty

7 Sep 2010 4:54am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Congratulations on making the Spotlight page with this image!

7 Sep 2010 10:42pm

Vaibhav from Stanford, United States

I prefer the one without HDR...The shot has a more natural feel to it. All the three are beautiful compositions though.

8 Sep 2010 12:03am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Congratulations on the Spotlight! Love this one :)

8 Sep 2010 12:09am

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Ohhh stunning. Congrats on the spotlight Ralph!!! This is amazing!

8 Sep 2010 12:59am

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Superb shot! Congrats on the well-deserved spotlight. I think I prefer this one as it has a more natural look.

8 Sep 2010 1:01am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Ha, see? No HDR is best. :) Congratulations on the Spotlight!

8 Sep 2010 2:04am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Congratulations on the Spotlight! Killer !!!!

8 Sep 2010 2:43am

Bruce from Lima, Peru

Congrats for the Spotlight Ralph. The HDRs are superb but this image is almost surreal.

8 Sep 2010 3:11am

Mithun Varma from Bangalore, India

Looks more like a painting.. Amazing shot! Congrats on the spotlight.

8 Sep 2010 4:17am

shoti from somewhere in, China

the ones with HDR look good but this one look just terrific! great job on the lighting, i assumed you used flash? whether or not you did, this one's a keeper.

8 Sep 2010 4:26am

homa from tehran, Iran

if this is yours... that is very nice!

8 Sep 2010 4:49am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

A lovely composition!!! Congratulations for the Spotlight!

8 Sep 2010 4:53am

Punit from Wanderer, India

Nice composition

8 Sep 2010 5:21am

k@ from Paris, France

Oh that presence ! I can touch them all, and your framing is just delicious !

8 Sep 2010 8:38am

Céline from Paris, France

Wow, excellent shot, love the colours !

8 Sep 2010 8:44am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Excellent shot!

8 Sep 2010 11:09am

Daniel from Kenmare, United States


8 Sep 2010 1:51pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Congratulations for the spotlight

8 Sep 2010 2:05pm

payam from tehran, Iran

great shot! Congratulations my artist friend.

8 Sep 2010 6:40pm

roeb from rotterdam, Netherlands

hi ralph, i like this composition and framing best. hdr is too much for me.

9 Sep 2010 7:57am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


11 Sep 2010 10:08am

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

They are all beautiful, but I think I prefer this version the best! Great work!

13 Sep 2010 3:49pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

I just realized you had a Spotlight on this image--so well deserved!! Congrats!

15 Sep 2010 2:38pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Half a year ago I would no doubt have liked the HDR one most, but today I think I like this one more. I think the compo is slightly better in this one too, with the big flowers filling up the foreground. The underexposed background background gives depth in the shot.

18 Sep 2010 8:23am

Dave Hill from Nether Langwith, United Kingdom

Nice shot. In my opinion this is the better shot of the three. The sunflowers in the foreground have such a burst of colour.

21 Oct 2010 4:33am