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Hong Kong Alley by 3vilCrayon Hong Kong Alley by 3vilCrayon
An Alley near Times Square in Hong Kong.

I shot it in RAW Format using a Nikon D40 and an 18-55mm Lense. Set the exposures in Photoshop after and then used Photomatix Pro to convert to HDR.

Any Feedback would be great.

:EDIT: short-rib's comments were put to use and the results are simply astounding. Thanks a bunch to him.
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maruejoul Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Happystorm Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
used here: Nightcall
thank you!
eosandy Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Very good !!! can I get in a higher resolution? For Composing
azhin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
used on here thank you…
HavokFish Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016
Very convincing scene. The only spot that gives it away is the specular reflection on the first Mitsubishi air con unit. Great human element in this piece. The fan grates are also very 2 dimensional apart from that, this is an incredibly convincing scene. 

Keep up the good work!

Game dev senior at SCAD, Savannah, GA.
alvringer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely shot, looks like something from a futuristic movie.
julia51 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
SZUPER! :)))))
sergemalivert Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Magnifique ! Superbe travail  :)
LucySheen Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Great work
skijor-foto Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
Wolfride Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I couldn't tell if this was a photo or a CG scene, it captures this city slum realism feeling that most movies can't even achieve. Thanks for taking the time to get this shot, I really like the way it is composed.
Manacim Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
mind if i use this for a friend's clothing line? your deviant art link will be included in the final product description
huodi Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I've been looking into Hong Kong allies (plural of alley?) for many years, and one day I hope I can draw one as well as you've photographed here. I will use this as a reference... It's really a super piece of art!
TheKowalskiWar Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Awesome work!
ahumphrey Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
This is just awesome! I'd love to use it as a background for a portrait!
adamovita-71 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When I saw the thumbnail I thought it was a painting. When I opened it, it blew me away, the lines are really sharp, and the colors just pop. Awesome job.
Manhell Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing !
gevinhu Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
simply breathtaking
GingyRainbowDash Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING WORK :D this gives me inspiration, thx
JerryPie Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Is this really a photo?? :0 It looks like 3D to me.
yakure Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
( *w*)/ Super photo
joshenstein Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Aledin Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent. I'm not a photography expert, but I like the level of detail you captured here. It's true, it looks like a very good videogame scene. hehe
Noitusan Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Very good HDR: great colors and no halos.
GrumpyDiver Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
You have a very compelling image here. I remember wandering down some Hong Kong alleys, but things were never quite this dark and gloomy looking.

That being said, this is certainly not HDR, in fact you have done the exact opposite of HDR with the Photomatix software. If you look at your histogram in Photoshop you will see no details in the darkest shadows and a very limited highlight range. This is an 8-bit image so colour intensity runs from 0 = pure black to 255 = pure white. The peak of the histogram is sitting at around 25 instead of a more normal 128 mid-point. The lightest colour is sitting at around 177. There is a spike at the 0 value, so there is a fair bit of shadow detail loss.

HDR is an layering of multiple exposure ranges from black (without shadows being purely black) to white (with no or minimal blown highlights). Without seeing the original image, my guess is that this is likely an underexposed image, with contrast and saturation settings turned way up. You can't really see the benefits of shooting RAW, as this image is 8 bit, rather than the 12 bit that your D40 records RAW images at, so a jpg would have given you a similar result. Like I said, a very compelling image, but does not have a high dynamic range.
3vilCrayon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Thanks for the feedback. Been a while since I've logged into dArt and I am definitely over HDR and in general post processing.
karikaiyuk Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
like drawed !!!
AmineL Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Nice composition.
Miky57 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW !!
Lobomalo Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
I love it. It's such a cool atmosphere. I just wish that there was some sort of character to fill this setting.
DaishiMkV Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Student Photographer
TeaPartyAtTheMalfoys Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Student General Artist
this is fantastic! you captured the essance of the grimey, poluted yet beautiful life. this is amzing!
wagn18 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is probably my favorite HDR photo I've seen. Really good work.
DarkyMoony Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Wow, that's amazing! O_O
Gersith Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
naturelover63 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
awesome work!!!
prettty-pyro Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW I really like this kind of looks like a video game. very interesting effect!
CandyReaper Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I must say, I love the ambience this photograph gives off.
whendt Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is one of the most Amazing photos I have ever seen! I can't believe how clear it is.
The color is amazing too and not just because it is a HDR photo.

Someone told me once that the secret to a good HDR photo is so no one can tell its an
HDR photo. I think you have accomplished this with your photo.

Great job on the photo I will be checking out more from you for sure!
Noa-07 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student General Artist
I like it but it has almost a 'too real' feel about it, you know? Like its so sharp it looks unreal. That may just be because its so clear...
Tetsuo3 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The best picture I've ever seen of an alley way haha. This is really great.
buttpork Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Stunna!!! You make us HK fellas look good!!! :) Well done!!!
TheFulkrum Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
You have been Linked:

vasaka Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
cool, colours reminds me about ghost in the shell.
Flobelebelebobele Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
jober87 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
You know how to take them right images wonderful congratulations!
blindaura Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Aack. It looks like it's jumped out of some fairy-tale...
:P :P

Good job!
vivsters Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is amazing! great editing, brings the photo to life =D
i feel like i know this place.
Pocky-holic Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
I really like how in this photograph the back alleys of HK look very pretty, in a mysterious way. It's got a different sense of beauty than those tall glass buildings or the tourist places, but it's pretty nonetheless (even if the smell doesn't quite reflect upon that in real life lol).
ghost-black-lover Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow this was near times square? This alley I have to see! :D

Love the contrast of this, you did well in it. :3 Emphasises on the down n dirty Hong Kong. XD
And yes I'm from Hong Kong as well, hehe, if you haven't guess. :D
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