Alfred Nicholas' Boathouse #1 by Jason Green

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I’ve been heading up to the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens a lot lately, waiting patiently for the day that the autumn colours would brighten up all the photogenic scenery in the area… today was that day!

Today was also the first time I have found the gardens to be perfectly still… for once, there was absolutely no wind whatsoever! This provided an excellent opportunity to capture some bracketed exposures that would work well in HDR processing.

It was also my first time shooting the ornamental lake with a circular polarising filter… I think it did a fantastic job of bringing out the reflections on the surface of the water, as well as retaining fine detail in all the debris that was floating around.

Finally, to emphasize the contrast between the relatively soft lighting and shadows on the surrounding features, I did the opposite of the traditional Orton effect: instead of blending with an over-exposed copy of the image, I blended with an under-exposed copy of the image. I’m not sure if that would still be classified as the Orton effect or not, but either way, it gave me the look I was after.

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  1. Canon EOS 450D
  2. Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS @ 20mm
  3. 4 seconds @ f/8 (ISO100)
  4. Hoya PRO1D Circular PL filter
  5. Cokin P121S + P121M filters
  6. Manfrotto 190XB tripod with 804RC2 head
  7. HDR generated from 3 exposures (+/-2ev) using Photomatix Pro
  8. Orton effect, corrections and enhancements applied using Photoshop CS4 with Topaz Adjust and Imagenomic Noiseware Professional plug-ins

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The following images were taken during a previous visit to this location…


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  • Hege Nolan
    Hege Nolanover 4 years ago

    That is lovely. Beautiful autumn colours and contrast.

  • Thanks, Hege – sounds like I came home with what I was looking for :)

    – Jason Green

  • Husky
    Huskyover 4 years ago

    Just beautiful work Jase!! Great hdr use again mate!!

  • Hey Dale, thanks for another kind comment… good to hear you enjoyed another of my artworks!

    – Jason Green

  • Brendan Schoon
    Brendan Schoonover 4 years ago

    Super shot, very nice detail and the colors are fabulous!

  • Glad you like it, Brendan, and thanks for taking the time to write such a kind comment :)

    – Jason Green

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savilleover 4 years ago
  • Thanks to the group hosts for putting the challenge on, and to all the members who voted… looking forward to seeing this up at Elevation in Emerald!!! :)

    – Jason Green

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerover 4 years ago


  • Thanks, Gail – glad you liked it :)

    – Jason Green

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