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Aug 12, 2008, 6:10:44 PM
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Heaven by hougaard Heaven by hougaard
This is a panorama of 2 shots. It had to be square crop due to limits of the composition in the area, and cropping one shot didn't give me the angle I wanted. The sky was amazing and I wanted to show a lot of sky and a lot of the grass, while not shooting from a too low angle because then the lit fringes of the grass would get too 'flat' in the photo if you know what I mean....The lower you shoot, the more immediate foreground you get and less of the more distant foreground.

I blended 3 different exposures in each photo, one for the grass, one for the highlight around the sun and the last for the darker part of the sky. Except for the blended exposures, not much processing. The color on the RAW images was already amazing.

Western Cape, South Africa
Sigma 10-20mm
Lee 0.9 hard grad

I know the lighting looks surreal, I know the grad line is visible. If you have advice on improving it, feel free to shoot.

I honestly don't want a comment on rule of thirds, I always compose 3rds where it works the best, if it doesn't then I won't. Respect the artist's opinion and skill on the composition of his art. It's really irritating and infuriating if you went to a mountain of effort and you produced, to the best of your abilities, what you consider to be one of your best images, and everyone just bitches and moans about things like rule of 3rds. It should actually be the 'handy tip of 3rds', it's not a rule, some people consider it a law punishable by death if betrayed.

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Ssj4CrisisX Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013   Interface Designer
thats one beautiful picture!
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oceaniclove Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Beautiful!
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flanggan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
heaven it is...with your eyes and creativity, highlighting/blending/cropping is an instrument towards VISION! great!
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indianagem25 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Wondrous!
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:iconhougaard:
hougaard Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Thank you:)
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Leeloominai08 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
absolutely awesome!!!
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:iconpoetic-aesthetic:
Poetic-Aesthetic Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Landscapes are not usually my thing but I love this. :heart:
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Schroe03 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Featured in [link] - COLOR :gallery:
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:iconxp-karan:
xp-karan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Student Photographer
Cool
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:iconaqayed:
aQayed Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thats about the most beautiful colors ive seen with a very nice landscape. I love it.
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Puppykit Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
:clap: amazinnnggg
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burning-breeze Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
awesome!
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DagHagerius Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Who gives a fuck bout rule of thirds? Sure I use it sometimes, when I think it fits =)

It's creativity to break it!

That's an splendiferous shot you got there by the way
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SigmaEnigma Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Great shot. I agree that blending was the way to go. I assume bracketed exposures? I hate the beauty of the sun low on a hard horizon like that :D. I suppose a softer grad would help lessen the line, but of course you'd have more exposure compensation issues. You could always do some gradient overlay touchups in photoshop if that suits your style. it's been a lifesaver for fixing oddities like that grad line for me several times. I also agree on the rule of 3rds topic. calling it a hard rule regarding artistic creativity is similar to phrasing something like "the liberties of a jail cell" ;).

Keep up the awesome work!
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hhryah Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
I think the composition is beautiful. :) The sunlight makes me smile!
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:iconandrewphotography:
andrewphotography Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
Amazing!
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:iconrobincorinnewatts:
robincorinnewatts Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
this is gorgeous, i would love to live there.
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:iconfaizal-edrus:
faizal-edrus Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009   Photographer
very well done
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:iconselley:
selley Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
Your art has been featured here: [link] :D
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Almeruve Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
That's one of the most gorgious pictures I've ever seen!
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Taanilinna Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi! Your work is featured here [link]
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tearsoftheangels Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
featured! [link]
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knowleser Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008
Lovely photo, real punchy colour and crisp!!!

Thanks for writing the detail of on the shoot and post production, it's really helpful. I've been having trouble with the sun burning out and taking out the surrounding colour and hadn't tumbled taking a specific exposure for this. I use a similar technique for my photos, but have avoided shooting in to the sun as I'd didn't have a work round. Life's so much simpler when you share isn't it, haha. Thanks man.

I use a similar technique as HousePhotographer for the line of a grade filter, masking and a soft brush like in this shot of mine [link]

As for rule of 3rds, well some days I only use a 1/3rd of them :laughing:
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:iconresada:
resada Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
This is so beautiful!!!
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:iconpinguboi:
Pinguboi Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
Just is an amazing picture. Love everything with it! :)
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Sesjusz Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
i prefer soft gradient :) then you can't see gradient and sun looks more real
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hougaard Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
yeah but it's impossible to resolve this kind of exposure with an ND, would need a reverse centre spot kind of gradient...if you know what I mean
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Sesjusz Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
with hitech ND 0.6: [link]
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:iconhougaard:
hougaard Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
The light of these clouds is very different from those in yours photo
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:iconpoisons-toad:
Poisons-Toad Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008
like a dream (:
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:iconsafiro15:
Safiro15 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow...
I'm in paradise *..*
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:iconotho:
otho Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's amazing. I really just sat here for a few minutes with my mouth open, examining every little piece.
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Febo-theRealOne Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008
great portofolio. like your photos a lot. good sense for ethetics, design and composition. so young and so good photos....one can expect so much goodlooking new photos from you. hat down. best regards.
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hougaard Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008
thank you:)
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:icongreg-mckinnon:
Greg-McKinnon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008   Photographer
Beautifuly sharp :)
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Sir-Fluffums Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008
AMAZING!
absolutely beautiful!
i wish i could go to south amerca :(
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:iconaiyoshi:
aiyoshi Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
a very beautiful photo..
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Student General Artist
I'm blown away by those colors.
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PadawanLinea Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful colors and a beautiful shot! The only thing I noticed wrong was that one of your fence posts on the left side isn't lined up right. Other than that, awesome job! Where did you take these pictures?
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gryphoneyes27 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
This is absolutely glorious! The colors are breathtaking.
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Brynn-From-Levin Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
Beautifull
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rachel-am Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008   Photographer
Lovely scene.
Nice colors.
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Renesmee134 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
Its beautiful. It almost doesnt look real.

Absolutly amazing! 11 out of 10.
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Banan6-PancaKes Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
amazing shot!!

very great work
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Furiousxr Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008
Great shot mate ,
love the colors and the foreground
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Burkaset Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Professional Filmographer
rules are made to be broken, the flare of the sun helps emphasize the attention to center and in my opinion makes the 1/2 ratio work very well, in my opinion the image is more effective this way in comparison to the thirds route.
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Xander890 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Great composition! I love it! :love: :+fav:
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vanillainjectedapple Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
the greatest colours that could ever be on a picture!... so refreshing and energyzing!
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lostlook Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
amazing :wow:
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lum1neuz Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
amazing colors
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