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One of many shots I took by this wonderful beach at a place called Hvallatur, close to the bird cliffs of Látrabjarg in Iceland's Westfjords. The Atlantic Ocean is in the distant background behind this little inlet. It was an incredible sunset sky. I haven't seen many like it - the sort of colorful sky and puffy clouds you would expect on a motivational poster. Maybe this is normal near the sea?

Iceland, August 2010
Pentax K-x
Tone mapping of single RAW

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violinist2424 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You've been featured here: [link] Have a wonderful day and be sure to check out the other amazing artworks. :)
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SophieTookaPhoto Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student Filmographer
Wow.
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derek-k Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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Drawingwater Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
wow the colours are just amazing!
Great shot!
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derek-k Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
And I thank you for the fave! :thanks:
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Drawingwater Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
my pleasure :D
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blondeewolf Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
What an absolutely brilliant piece of work!
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derek-k Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
So glad you like it! :) If I may ask, are you really in Antarctica?
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blondeewolf Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Sadly, no! But it would be lovely to study down there, and I would take the opportunity in a heart beat! (:
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derek-k Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It would be a special place to visit, no question! :)
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lizzys-photos Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Striking colors!
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derek-k Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for faving! :)
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lizzys-photos Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very welcome. :)
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Peaceful-Child Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Pretty
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derek-k Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for those faves! :)
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Peaceful-Child Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Your welcome
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emr373 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
beautiful colors!
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derek-k Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the fave! :D
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emr373 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
no problem :)
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ragnaice Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's looks edited. Is it? Either way, very pretty :D
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derek-k Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Depends on what you mean by edited. It's not straight of the camera, that's for sure! :D But there was no cutting and pasting, painting, or anything like that. It was tone mapped, so processed like an HDR but from a single image. Then I mostly just increased the contrast to give it deeper colors and blacks, cropped, and sharpened.
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ragnaice Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, I don't know proper camera speak :confused:... I was mainly wondering if you'd changed the colors much, 'cause it looks so purple... But then I've noticed that these HDR pictures are often kind of 'drama queens.'
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derek-k Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That's okay. I'm not precisely sure what tone mapping is in a technical sense, but basically there's only so many colors and shades of light that can be shown in a single normal photo. Take a sunset for example. When you're on the scene you can clearly see the foreground: the color of the grass or water for example, and you can also see the sunset and the clouds. When you take a photo you have to expose for either the sky or the ground, because the difference in light is too great for a single photo to display. Either the foreground will be black or the sky will be white. HDR is when you take more than one exposure and then stick them together on the computer, so that both the sky and the ground are exposed correctly in the final photo. Tone mapping is the final part of the process. In this case I only took one exposure, but the file type my DSLR uses recorded enough information that the tone mapping worked fairly well.

There you go, a complicated answer to a question you never asked. :D lol, sometimes I go on...

A lot of HDR photos are processed with way over the top colors and are unrealistic looking. In my opinion HDR is just a good way of more accurately capturing the scene. I hope I don't overdo it.

Anyway, yes, I edited the colors to make them more vibrant and contrasty.
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ragnaice Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah. Always learning something new (*is a total noob at photography* :stupidme:). :D I personally think it's a bit screamingly purple but I didn't see the real thing and I know squat about HDR photography so I can't really say...
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derek-k Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, these things are complicated until you know it, and until you need to know it, why would you want to know it? :D Not knowing about HDR doesn't invalidate your opinion though. Ultimately it's how you as a viewer see it that matters.

You're probably right about the purple. Post-processing is a mood thing, it's like painting. Yes, you're trying to bring the photo looking more like the original scene, but at the same time it's about how you see the scene yourself, how it felt, not just how it truly looked. It felt like it should be more purple, the sky did have a purple hue to it. I might have overdone it slightly, but oh well. :)
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adriantiberiu76 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
i like the clouds,it`s so dramatic
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derek-k Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, that's what I was trying to show. :thanks:
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Designer-Spy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Positively gorgeous! What a lovely shot, I love the cool colors in the sky and the line of blue in the background. The reflections in the pond are beautiful as well! Beautiful work!
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derek-k Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for commenting and faving as well. :thanks:
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Designer-Spy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It's my pleasure! You're most welcome! :heart:
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derek-k Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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simplylizzie Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Student Photographer
This is absolutely gorgeous! Lovely shot. Truly beautiful!!
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derek-k Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for looking and faving! :D
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simplylizzie Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student Photographer
you are very welcome!
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PENTAX K-x
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Date Taken
Aug 25, 2010, 9:27:38 PM
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