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Old Jan 13, 2010, 10:52 PM   #1
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Walter_S's thread with those lovely evening shots reminded me that I do have one sunrise picture that I did in Photomatix that worked well. It probably worked because the sunrise itself was uninspiring, but it wasn't really my main subject. I was really aiming for getting starred night lights. This was actually taken last April, not long after I decided to buy the program, and is the best one I've managed that includes a sunrise. I may have to try Walter's program since I have another sunrise series I'd love to see done right - Photomatix made a hash of them.

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Did you use a star filter, or narrow f-stop for the star burst?

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Old Jan 13, 2010, 11:00 PM   #3
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Here is a backward version of the normal NYC's city lights.
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Old Jan 14, 2010, 2:47 AM   #4
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Mtngal, this is a nice night- or early morning-shot.
Crisp, clean, well lit and laid out giving it a special mood. I like it! And once in a while, even Photomatix does a decent job.

It's always the traffic-lights that give it away as a HDR with more than one exposure. You have the green lights together with the reds....

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I second Walter's opinion - a really nice shot, mtngal!
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Here is a backward version of the normal NYC's city lights.
Shortle, it is best to start a new thread rather than posting a photo in someone else's.

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there is really alot of detail in this shot mtngal. looks very smooth as well. well done.
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Old Jan 14, 2010, 3:16 PM   #8
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Thanks for the compliments! This was the first time I ran across the red/green traffic light situation, and thought it was kind-of cute this way (as well as being too big of an issue to clone out the red gracefully for me to mess with). I've had fairly decent luck with Photomatix and city lights - before this day, I did a series trying to capture the headlights/taillight streaks of passing traffic without showing the actual vehicles, to see how the HDR software would handle the partial streaks of light (the traffic wasn't moving fast enough to have one long streak). That part of the picture worked quite well, unfortunately I had a UV filter on the lens and so the ghosting caused by filter flare ruined it (and that's the last time I've had a UV filter on any of my lenses). It's only been sunrises/sunsets where Photomatix has let me down.

I used a small aperture to get the star effect (one of my main goals with the picture), not a star filter.
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I really like the variety of pastel like colors in this shot. Very nice. Would you mind if I did a small edit? I would like to straighten up the buildings.

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By all means, edit away! I'm terrible at lining things up and I used a wide angle lens, which would have introduced some perspective errors. I was more concerned with the HDR aspect of it than I was with setting the buildings up straight (this normally drives me nuts).
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