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Old Nov 11, 2012, 6:34 PM   #1
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Default More backyard shots, playing with HDR

Three frame bracket with 2 stops over and under. Combined in Photomatix, tuned for contrast and sharpness in PSE6 and then downsized in Picasa. Noiseware applied since I used ISO 1600 to counteract motion blur from the high winds.

These were very high contrast scenes with deep shadows and direct sunlight. I usually don't like HDR but I am learning how to be more subtle with it.

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Old Nov 11, 2012, 9:45 PM   #2
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Nicely done! I'm with you in that I like the shots that just extend the dynamic range, like these, rather than certain other ones.

One of the things I've recently found out is that LR 4.1 or 2 can process 32 bit HDR files. So I've started selecting the bracketed shots in LR, then combine them in CS6 HDR Pro, not converting it to 16 or 8 bit, and saving it as a tiff file that automatically re-imports back into LR. The development tools in LR can make use of all that extra dynamic data in the file, making it possible to adjust the highlights and darks to expand the dynamic range. Since this method doesn't do any tone mapping, it looks very natural. Don't know if earlier versions of LR will do this.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 7:58 AM   #3
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Very nice Ira, I agree I'm also not a fan of overdone HDR. I found it useful at car shows to capture both the interior and exterior in a single shot. I used the in camera capture and align in my Kr.


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