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mtngal Aug 25, 2010 9:42 PM

Summer Dry Landscape
Typical Southern California landscape, Lieber Mountain, Angeles National Forest. Each frame is 5 auto exposure pictures, 1.7 stops between frames, and I think there's 6 or 7 frames to make up the panorama. HDR done in Photomatix first, then stitched together in CS4. In some ways the scene didn't need HDR, but the green brush on the mountain is dark enough to lose most detail without it.

The one thing I've noticed is that Photomatix can do weird things to the sky so I lowered the saturation for blues and thought the sky ended up coming out pretty well. It looks much better in this version than in the non-HDR version, where variances in the sky exposure were enough that Photoshop's blending mode made it look really awful.

Bynx Aug 25, 2010 11:56 PM

This is excellent. Unfortunately too small to really appreciate the work you did. But excellent.

sdromel Aug 26, 2010 12:24 AM

Yes, if you use Photomatics exclusively there will be issues with sky.You need to study Trey Radcliff's HDR tutorial at

Edufloyd Aug 26, 2010 9:12 PM

Excellent Mtngal! Agree with Bynx about the uploaded size

mtngal Aug 26, 2010 9:52 PM

Thanks for the link to Trey's tutorial. I had briefly looked at it before, but never in great detail. I'm going to have to really read it.

Bynx and edufloyd - the size is always a problem with panoramas. To see it properly you should use a larger size but then the moderators kindly remind you that it's a bit too big. If you want to see a larger version, here's a link to one that's 4384 x 1020: .

Bynx Aug 26, 2010 10:11 PM

That larger size certainly makes all the details readily visible. Again I say nice job.

Ordo Aug 29, 2010 8:15 PM

Nice. I like the composition, with the jeep on the left. It gives a sense of scale.

simple Aug 30, 2010 1:17 AM


Originally Posted by Ordo (Post 1135199)
Nice. I like the composition, with the jeep on the left. It gives a sense of scale.

ditto ..... welldone :) gotta ask is the jeep yours or one you hired?

hanalwala Aug 31, 2010 3:30 AM

I think it is fantastic job....

Mark1616 Aug 31, 2010 3:39 AM

Sweeeeeeeet photo!!! Very good skills behind the camera and the PC. I love it when people let their photos do the talking rather than just saying they can take a good photo. This photo talks ;)

mtngal Aug 31, 2010 2:21 PM

Thanks for the compliments! As far as the Jeep goes, I'm sure it would probably have been cleaner and shinier if it were a rental. It needs a bath badly.

jWest Sep 5, 2010 3:58 AM


Originally Posted by mtngal (Post 1133817)
Typical Southern California landscape

You might call it "Vanilla SoCal". ;) Definitely what I'm used to :P

I love the realistic effect you achieved with HDR. Beautiful color through-out but without that plastic over-processed look. Love the composition too. :cool2:

mtngal Sep 5, 2010 3:34 PM

Thanks for the compliment jwest. As you indicated, this picture could have been taken in many other locations in SoCal, so many other spots look almost the same as this one.

For the most part I try to have the HDR aspect invisible - where an outsider doesn't realize that it is an HDR. There are exceptions where over-processed fits the subject, but I don't take many of that type of picture.

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