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Old Dec 16, 2009, 4:58 AM   #191
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For what it's worth....just a quick crop.
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Old Dec 16, 2009, 6:12 PM   #192
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wow. gee Walter, you made the church light up as a christmas card.
You really know how to set the mood.
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Old Dec 17, 2009, 5:03 AM   #193
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Even though this threads name is HDR / Photomatix, I think we should not pass by other softwares which are just as popular as, and maybe even surpassing, Photomatix. One of those is Dynamic-Photo HDR ---> http://www.mediachance.com/hdri/index.html and personally I start to feel a slight preferrence using it instead of Photomatix. My biggest preferrence for Photomatix up til now has been its much better alignment-function when dealing with hand-held shots. But since vvcarpio has pioneered the use of DPHDR's Pin-Warping function and given us a short but precise account of 'how-to-do-it' - in his own HDR-thread http://forums.steves-digicams.com/la...yant-park.html in post #9, there is no real difference any more. Perfect alignment for such shots can be done in DPHDR as well! Thank's, mr. and mrs. vvcarpio!

So today I wanted to show what kind of output DPHDR is capable of. For this exercise I will post different 4 HDR's, for which I have dug into my archive and found a suitable series of shots from April 09, plus show the inevitable middle-exposure. I hope that this will ilustrates the process well enough for further discussions....?

# 1 - The untouched, plain middle-exposure, as taken straight from the camera (Pansonic FZ-28).

# 2 - Smooth Compressor: The "most natural" ToneMapping-look in DPHDR

# 3 - Eye Catching-version HDR

# 4 - Halo Matix-version HDR, which is the most halo-prone alternative. This here was done on the 3rd level.

# 5 - Ultra Contrast HDR, mapped at middle Dramatic-Light Radius
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Old Dec 17, 2009, 6:37 AM   #194
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For this series of shots my favorite is the last one followed by the third one. They have a grittiness to them that makes it more life like to me. Particularly for this kind of composition.
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Old Dec 17, 2009, 10:39 AM   #195
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Esthetically I agree with Bynx. Technically I like #4.
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Old Dec 18, 2009, 12:28 PM   #196
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@ Acapulco : Very nice shots, I like the no.1 in particular, it has a dramatic feel, very well done
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Old Dec 18, 2009, 12:31 PM   #197
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@ Walter : Nice to see these different shots next to eachother. I have to say I like the last one the most, it really gives the building a bit dramatic, worn-down look, and it looks very well on this photograph ! Well, if you can achieve all this with HDR....can't wait to go back to Venice, Italy, were no doubt very pretty HDR shots are to be taken...
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Old Dec 18, 2009, 12:43 PM   #198
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another sunset, this one being a bit more colorfull then the last one!
I've got loads more shots of this sunset, still sorting them out and finally will post more of this shoot.
Dutch North Sea coast, between Bloemendaal and Zandvoort (for google-earth fanatics ). It was a beautiful sunset indeed. First HDR of the bunch - as always your comments/critique/feedback is appreciated!
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Old Dec 18, 2009, 1:04 PM   #199
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....can't wait to go back to Venice, Italy, were no doubt very pretty HDR shots are to be taken...

Don't forget your tripod!

Thanks for your comments.
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Old Dec 18, 2009, 1:07 PM   #200
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...But since vvcarpio has pioneered the use of DPHDR's Pin-Warping function ...
"Pioneer"? If it weren't for your magnificent seascapes I wouldn't have been reading the manual...

Someday I'd like to be able to take pictures of small parts of a bigger thing like the door on the dilapidated structure you took which Bynx called "gritty". Even the cobblestones are uneven. Walking past it I probably would have taken a picture of the whole building and not notice the little things that make it interesting and worthy of their own photographs as well.
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