I have mentioned many times before that in places with tricky lighting or high contrast, along with my best exposure i also end up taking bracketed shots keeping an HDR in mind.
Many times the HDR image does come to my rescue like in this post..., many times i end up deleting the HDR cos I hate the results, or mostly the best exposure is indeed the better one.
Above ones.. first is my best exposure and the second is HDR.
My opinion goes for the 1st one. Reason being there is nothing in the hills worth showing, although the coconut trees may have some more light. Plus the 1st puts more attention on the sky.
I would love to hear ur opinions.
I like being able to see the entire palm tree in #2. In 1 where it is cut off in the middle looks kind of odd to me as a silhouette.
Although I like the deeper sky in the first, I prefer the second one overall ... the hills are a little to dark for me in the first. :)
????? · 2010-02-25: 09:40
No, definitely the second one. The dark shape of the land with the palm appearing to come out of the horizon just does not work for me. In the second one, to be able to look over the top of the palms at the distant hillside (with some detail) is lovely. If you want a darker sky, you could try and do it with selective levels.
two different pictures...one is a sunset, may be too much black on the bottom, i would reframe more on the sun and the sky.
the second one looks like a sunrise, the sun is getting to show the hill and the trees...my opinion :)
#1 most definitely.Outlines on the clouds look more definite than in the second one.The ground silhouette makes for brilliant contrast! Although #2 gives u an entirely different perception of the image.
oh I`m a mess with hdr, I`ve given it up a while ago, if i need to lighten up dark areas of darken overexposed parts, I`m using tonal contrast adjustments. there are two bloggers who make excellent hdr work: eljapa and davids. take a look into their blogs. what i do like most that at first look you dont realize its hdr, shadows and highlights are fine tuned but the overall impression remains natural. i prefer your first shot here too for the same reasons you`ve noted.