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Old Sep 29, 2016, 8:51 AM   #1
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Default The DXO "Extended Wide" Effect

The images I posted to the Wyoming folder on the Smugmug page were all processed in Adobe Camera raw/Photoshop. Last night I processed a set of images captured at String Lake using DXO Pro Optics 11, which "does it's own thing" regarding lens corrections, typically squeezing out a wider finished image compared to the corrections Olympus bakes in to the raw files. The colors using DXO are also typically more vibrant, and I was not conservative in ACR when it came to trying to bring out the beautiful colors I saw as I shot these.

Here's one example at 7mm with the 7-14mm f2.8 M. Zuiko.

Processed in Adobe Camera raw..



and DXO Pro Optics 11..



Others processed last night in DXO..



Tell me if you think I went a little too far with this image. I tried not to "HDR it" too much..








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Great set. I don't think you did too much HDR (maybe in the top left with the clouds), but the corresponding reflection in the lake is amazing.
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....I agree with Drew; for me the HDR is done very well. Any of the HDR images would be really good as a canvas print; my favorite is the last one of these.
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DXO does allow you to maximize the dynamic range in a single file pretty darn well, assuming the information is there to work with. I may go back in that one and turn down the blacks/shadows just a little bit and add some more depth. It's creeping in on the edges of too HDR looking for me.
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If you hadn't said that you applied an HDR filter, I wouldn't have really guessed it. The changes are subtle and not over cooked.

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Hi Zig. Thanks.

I actually didn't use an HDR filter per se, just applied the blacks, Shadows, Midtone and Highlights sliders in DXO Pro Optics 11. The Clearview filter is also a pretty darn powerful tool, but is usually over the top in it's default setting of 50%. I typically will back it off to somewhere between 20-35%, image-dependent. I went back yesterday and backed off on the darker values in the fourth image. It did look too HDR to me.

A few I've re-processed in DXO from Geyser Basin at Yellowstone..









Small stream from Old Faithful..


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