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The Moray Firth. Taken from Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland.

I’ve never really been a fan of HDR images. Most of them seem unreal to me. In saying that I have been playing with Photomatrix Pro for a while. Anyway, earlier this evening I was again inspired to revisit HDR after viewing this image by James Coard.

What you see is a 4 shot HDR generated via Photomatrix. It was then tweaked in Nikon Capture NX2 and Photoshop.

Many thanks for the inspiration James.

Nikon D80
ISO 100
Nikon 18.0-70.0mm f/3.5-4.5 at 18mm
Hitech 0.6 ND soft Grad.
Manfrotto 190XPROB / 804RC2
Cable release

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Inspired by the unique beauty of the coastal fringes of Moray Jim Robertson is a self taught amateur photographer living in Lossiemouth. He was presented in 2003 with the James Payton Memorial Medal by the Royal Meteorological Society (Scottish Centre) for what was judged to be the outstanding weather photograph of the year.

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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago


  • Many thanks for your great support Scott

    – Blackgull

  • PatriciaLM
    PatriciaLMabout 5 years ago

    Brilliant capture Jim!!! fav for sure
    Patricia :-)

  • :) Thank you Patricia

    – Blackgull

  • Donovan wilson
    Donovan wilsonabout 5 years ago

    nice one..

  • Cheers Donovan

    – Blackgull

  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful !!!

  • Many thanks Curtiss.

    – Blackgull

  • traveller
    travellerabout 5 years ago

    Great capture Jim.

  • Hi Trav. Thank you

    – Blackgull

  • bevanimage
    bevanimageabout 5 years ago

    This is beautiful, Jim, and the HDR just increases the subtle tonings without becoming unreal. Excellent work!

  • Thank you very much Bev

    – Blackgull

  • James Coard
    James Coardabout 5 years ago

    Great stuff Jim. HDR can get a bad name but until camera manufacturers increase dynamic range on sensors this is a very useful method to reclaim some of those lost tones. This shot looks natural and seems like the grad filter has done all the work! More please!!

  • Hi James. Thanks for your great comment. Yes better sensors would be great but I doubt that I could afford them :) Right now I’d settle for full frame :)) We’re getting some great skies here just now with beautiful cloud formations coming over from hills north of Inverness I think. Thanks again for your inspiration James.

    – Blackgull

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 5 years ago

    great capture, lovely shot

  • Hi good to see you. Many thanks

    – Blackgull

  • Fraser Ross
    Fraser Rossabout 5 years ago

    Great shot Jim and have to admit to being a photomatix fan. Not a fan of over done ones though. It can produce nice realistic pics too. On another note I got a Hi Tech 10 stop filter and cant wait to have some fun on the beach with it!

  • No need to wait for light with a 10 stop Fraser. What are you waiting for! :))) Thanks for your comment

    – Blackgull

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Jim.

  • Hi Jacqui. Many thanks :)

    – Blackgull

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