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Old Jul 18, 2008, 3:56 PM   #1
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9 images, +/- .5 exposure difference, merged and tonemapped through Photomatix.
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 5:59 PM   #2
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How about trying it with the average exposure, the most underexposed and the most overexposed? There is a lot of noise and soft edges which Im sure could be overcome.

This is with Noise Ninja, Sharpened Edges and Unsharp Mask.
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Old Jul 19, 2008, 9:05 AM   #3
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Here is the original properly exposed. I added the noise in the first one for the effect I was wanting.

For the first while using Photomatix, I ran the software using 3 images as it instructs but then after using up to 9 images, I found that details just "popped" a little more by the multiple exposures being less apart than using 3 being a stop or two difference between them.

Also, one other point is try shooting in RAW as to save image detail as well.
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Old Jul 19, 2008, 1:41 PM   #4
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Oh, I really like the original photo. The colors and blends are really nice and pleasing to look at. Unfortunately my camera doesnt take RAW. Im stuck with JPEG for now. Im glad to see you too dont always follow the rules. Photomatic can do lots of things and varying the 'normal' will produce different and interesting results. If I were shooting this scene I would have covered up the holes in the pedal as well as the dead part of the end of the center one and either focused for the leaf in front or eliminated it. I guess I have a bit of Monk in me.
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Old Jul 19, 2008, 5:49 PM   #5
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This shot too was taken in RAW, noise removal with cs3 RAW post edit, 9 images merged and tone mapped using Photomatix.
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I seem to be the only one commenting on your work. I like this last picture very much. Id like it even better if the upper branch were removed. The colorful branch is enough to focus on. Nice job.
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very nice,
I haven't yet tried messing with HDR but, looks like it would be fun.
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Old Jul 20, 2008, 7:33 AM   #8
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Thanks to you both. HDR opens up the digital opportunities to a new level and yes, it is a lot of fun!

Here is the original I worked from.
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