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Old Feb 13, 2010, 1:26 PM   #1
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Default My first HDR attempt! Critique please!

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Just did my first 3 HDR Pictures using Photomatix Pro.
Please give me constructive criticism how to make them better.
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Old Feb 13, 2010, 1:35 PM   #2
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Here are the original shots. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ28. I now have bought myself a Nikon D5000 DSLR camera that I will start using.





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I think HDR should be an improvement on the original. In the three shots you have posted I dont see a great improvement over your originals which arent bad. I like the water sprays. The colors of the other two are not great but not bad either. Your HDR versions are over saturated. There is not much of a sky in any of the pics so going HDR wasnt necessary in my opinion. Your water spray HDR is the best of all.
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Old Feb 13, 2010, 3:15 PM   #4
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Okej!
Thanks for your opinion. This was my first attempt as I said. Just wanted to try the new Photomatix program. I dont know much about HDR photos or what kind of photos that fits for hdr. I think many hdr photos look over saturated but Im maybe wrong about that. But Im greatful for your hounest opinion.
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Were these from single images or combined from multiple exposures? At the risk of becoming a bore (last time I do this I promise), if you're working with single originals, you can run them through my program. I did it for the originals posted here and got the following (set to hard,hard,normal) respectively:





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The results from your program Martin puts your results right in the middle between the original HDRs and the original photos. A perfect place to be because they look much improved. You just might have something there Martin.
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The results from your program Martin puts your results right in the middle between the original HDRs and the original photos. A perfect place to be because they look much improved. You just might have something there Martin.
While I wont speculate about the first two images, which I'm not a big fan of, the water spray shot it actually a pretty nice photograph. I really like it!

However, I did a better job using just the normal processing of Photoshop.

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I would post the results of what I did, but I've been warned not to do so except for the Photo Critique forum.

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Daniel, I think that the highly saturated colors work well with your second picture. The only real problem with it is that the sky is overexposed and you have lost detail there. The first shot seems to work better with Martin's treatment. Your third picture is my favorite as well, and also seems to respond to all the methods used so far.

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Thank you everybody for the criticism. Well, Im new to both photography, editing and HDR, so I have a lot to learn. I have only been photoing 6 months to a year, and just started my first tries in editing.
All these 3 images are taken handheld, and are from single shots.

Martin, I will try out your program to.
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While I wont speculate about the first two images, which I'm not a big fan of, the water spray shot it actually a pretty nice photograph. I really like it!

However, I did a better job using just the normal processing of Photoshop.

Dave

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I would post the results of what I did, but I've been warned not to do so except for the Photo Critique forum.
I would love to see the results from your editing.
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