Show Your Snaps...March 31, 2014

Started Mar 31, 2014 | Discussions thread
ThanksForMemories Regular Member • Posts: 138
An attempt to show the shadows with HDR process, 2 shots

I'm new as of today to DPR. I learned already quite a few things appreciate it so much.

I'm starting photography for the pleasure of keeping moments intact and, I guess artistic visual too. 2 years ago I bought an entry level compact camera the Fuji x10, and moved to the x20 last Summer. I remembered a bit of use with my old 35mm of 35yrs ago, so basics not all lost, but playing with digital camera is almost feature-overload for me.
So, here goes... Handheld, 2 shots, through fancy metal railing, you will see shadows of people that moved in between shots.

I took one light another darker and figured I could do something in Ph CS-4 to lighten the street in shadow. (I now know about bracketing)

Lisbon, pedestrian streets, taken from the Santa Justa Lift, Oct 2013. Fuji x20, ISO100, exposure dial at top, f3-1/900sec and f4 1/950sec, JPEG. Tweaked in CS4 & camera raw. Don't know if you need all this info.

My goal is to show early evening atmosphere. The contrast of shadow and light and red roofs were in my mind's eyes, wonderful, an image I wanted to keep. After download, colors appear a bit faded here, not as warm.

I've been reading in the last week about HDR, I thought I would try it for these 2 shots, not for the fantasy look as much as what I rememberred seeing in the dark street below.

From a point of view of more experienced photographers, what do you think?
What could I have done better?
And what process could I use to combine them? (other than HDR)

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