Featured Reader HDR Image and Critique – Dale Smith

Today’s reader HDR image comes from Dale Smith down in Pensacola Florida

Dale’s Subject was Fort Pickens in Pensacola

For this image Dale used:

Canon 7D
Canon 24-70 L 2.8

He shot 5 Exposures and Combined them in Photomatix Pro and then finished off the image in Aperture and a little Nik DFine

Here is Dale’s beautiful image

 Well Dale, you didn’t leave me ,much to critique since you did such a great job. See this is what I am talking about, Dale did the first best thing you can do as a photographer – HDR or not- he found great light. Nothing could be more important.

Also look at something very subtle, the light coming in from the right, look at the tone of it, you can tell that it is sunlight and some of that reflected sunlight off the Lime wash  on the walls. And then a different warmer light down through the arches. In some of the other images that Dale has on his website, there are some even more dramatic examples of great light. But I think this one is the best overall because of the composition  compared to some of the other shots ( Not that they were bad, this was just the best composition).

What I like about the composition is that he has a symmetrical shot down the arches, yet he offset the arches in the frame. He just didn’t line everything up perfectly centered as most would have done. That add more interest to the image.

The processing is spot on and really give you the feel that you are inside those walls and how it would look to your eye. Good range to the tonality of the image.

So like I said, What’s there to critique?

Great job there Dale

To see more of Dale’s work including the rest from Fort Pickens ( And some mighty cool Blue Angels shots) Checkout his website at http://www.dalelansingsmith.smugmug.com/

The above image is the sole property and copyright of Dale Smith, Do not use without permission. All rights reserved.

Thanks Dale for sending in that image.



  1. Patrick Monaghan February 17, 2012 at 4:23 am #

    Great image Dale, I love how the composition draws you into the image, Very well done.

  2. Duane February 17, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    I really like these type of places, with the arched door ways. Very Cool!

  3. JBowman February 20, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Very nice Dale. I love your composition!

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