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HDR Tennis: Match 7

I participate in a group of awesome photographers that take a set of brackets from one of us and then process it in our own creative way. Then we post the results and get fans on our Facebook page to vote and choose which one they like the best. Fans of the page can also download the brackets and put their spin on it at all. A little friendly competition is good and healthy, and definitely a lot more fun when you WIN!

We call it HDR Tennis and the image above was my entry…which turned out to be the winning one and I’m proud of that. It’s a tough group…a very tough group and thus nailing an image that people love just a bit more than the others is an accomplishment.

The brackets were donated by Peter Talke and are obviously of Big Ben in London. The original 0 bracket is below.

I processed it all using onOne Software after I did the tonemapping in Photomatix. Used a couple of filters to bring out shadows and details, then converted it to B&W and then applied a textured border from PhotoFrame to finish the image. Immediately when I saw the original picture I knew I wanted to make it look like an old postcard if I could.

The hardest part was choosing the right frame from the literally hundreds and hundreds of options that onOne gives you.

You can see the other entries in our Facebook album right here.

Tennis

(above image taken by Bob Lussier)

For awhile now I’ve been part of this amazing group of guys involved in a bit of healthy competition on Facebook we like to call HDR Tennis. We put up our “shots” and see who wins every few weeks. The public decides by clicking on those handy-dandy “Like” buttons on Facebook.

I know, like I don’t have enough going on right?

Basically one person supplies the brackets of images each time and we all process it how we see fit. Bob Lussier provided this match’s brackets, an image of an amazing set of stairs in one of those awesome abandoned places he finds in the Boston area.

The original “Zero” bracket from Bob is above. What I liked most about the image was the stairs of course and the doorway slightly open up top. So my version, which you see below, is cropped and uses the OnOne Focal Point plugin for Photoshop to help bring your attention to the doorway. I also did a little highlighting of the sign on the door to make it pop a bit. Lastly, I converted it to B&W using a little combination of Nik Silver Efex that I like.

I really love this image…think it has a creepy, Twilight-zone feel to it.

Check out the other versions on the HDR Tennis Facebook page or check out the sites of the other participants when you get a chance … Dave WilsonBrian Matiash,Peter TalkeJacob Lucas and Scott Wyden