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The Watcher - Great Falls, MD by Mashuto The Watcher - Great Falls, MD by Mashuto
EOS 60D | EF-S 10-22 @10 | 1/100s, 1/50s, 1/25s, 1/13s, 1/6s, 0.3s, 0.6s | f/11 | ISO 400

Made another trip to Great Falls last night. The herons were out everywhere flying around, purposely trying their best not to be captured. After a while of shooting the birds I decided it was time to set up shop for some landscape photos as the sun set.

Finding a location that I hadn't directly shot before proved to be a bit of a challenge, as well as coming up with an interesting composition. I finally settled on this little plant that was only about two feet high and wedged myself up against a rock. Unfortunately, the sunset was actually kind of a dud, however it did provide me with about 10 minutes of interesting colors to play with.

I wanted to try and capture this shot in one image, but when I finally got the shot set up I realized that even with my ND filters there was no way that happening, so I switched over to capture some HDR. As per usual, I tried my best not to overdo the super hdr tonemapped look, and strived to keep it natural (while of course putting my usual interpretation on the scene). I hope you enjoy!

Edit: Playing with file sizes and resolutions for display on dA. Now 750 pixels on the long side.

Technical Mumbo Jumbo: Images captured as listed above in manual mode. Raw conversion performed with Adobe Camera Raw 7. HDR Conversion performed with Photomatix. Post Processing with Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta.

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:icona-falcon-velazquez:
A-Falcon-Velazquez Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
What a wonderful shot.
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconteaphotography:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, great work! :D
Thanks for submitting to
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BIRTHDAY THEME FOLDER!
:party:
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:iconbojkovski:
Bojkovski Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great details
excellent work
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much!
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:iconbojkovski:
Bojkovski Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
no problemo
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:iconda-phil:
da-phil Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
very tasteful HDR processing, i also like the foreground a lot ;)
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad you think so, thanks!
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:iconmaximecourty:
MaximeCourty Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Nice processing, I like the composition with this very close foreground. Good job =)
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:icondaft-perception:
Daft-Perception Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot ^^
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconmarrciano:
marrciano Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
fine
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks!
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:iconadrianecasini:
AdrianeCasini Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible!!!
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconadrianecasini:
AdrianeCasini Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconinthestarrynightsky:
InTheStarryNightSky Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
A lovely piece. Wonderful shot.
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconinthestarrynightsky:
InTheStarryNightSky Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
You're welcome. :aww:
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:iconcarlosjmroque:
CarlosJMRoque Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Photographer
Awesome :o


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Look at my gallery please :)
"Shooting is put in the same line of sight, head, eye and heart." [link]
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconcarlosjmroque:
CarlosJMRoque Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student Photographer
You're welcome :D


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Look at my gallery please :)
"Shooting is put in the same line of sight, head, eye and heart." [link]
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:iconniiiaman:
NiiiaMan Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The sky is amazing. And I love the composition. Very nice shot.
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad you like it, thanks!
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:icontanager:
Tanager Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great perspective!
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconsupermetroid2:
SuperMetroid2 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Greath shot =)
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Myronavitch Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
I don't have any idea what all the "Technical Mumbo Jumbo" is all about, but the results are outstanding. You have good eye. Marvelous photo.
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Just wanted to share some of the details about how I made the image. But, Im glad you like it, thanks!
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:iconmyronavitch:
Myronavitch Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Thanks back at ya, and you're welcome.
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:iconroberto5751:
Roberto5751 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You really brought out colours :D
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconroberto5751:
Roberto5751 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome
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:icontrashins:
Trashins Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome textures on foreground and nice colors!
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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alopiparo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I think you achieved the look you were going for perfectly and these are my favorite types of HDR - achieving fabulous colors and detail, without overdone halos. :)

If I might ask, what program did you use for the HDR rendering?
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much! I think the halos and the super tonemapped look have their place, but thats just not my goal when creating an HDR.

The HDR Conversion was performed in Photomatix from Tiff files converted from Raw with Adobe Camera Raw.
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:iconalopiparo:
alopiparo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much! I will check that out as CS5 hasn't been working well.
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I was never much of a fan of Photoshop's Merge to HDR function. It always produced dull flat images for me. Check out either Photomatix or Oloneo HDR Engine.
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:iconwcunha:
wcunha Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing dude
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconjbwalker:
JBWalker Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, I enjoy this picture indeed. =)
Great job with the tones, and if your goal was to make it look naturally colored and not overtoned, I can say you achieved your intents perfectly.
Gorgeous Picture, as the huge majority of your entire gallery.
Congratulations.

BTW, I'm adding you to my deviant watch, surely your work is worth to be seen.

Sorry 'bout my very bad english.
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much! Im glad you like this photo and my others. And I hope you will continue to like my future stuff as well.
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Camera Data

Model
Canon EOS 60D
Shutter Speed
100/1299 second
Aperture
F/11.0
Focal Length
10 mm
ISO Speed
400
Date Taken
Apr 12, 2012, 7:32:57 PM
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Adobe Photoshop CS6 (13.0 20120305.m.415 2012/03/05:21:00:00) (Windows)
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