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Old Apr 19, 2010, 1:23 PM   #1
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Hey guys... long time no see
Haven't been here for a long long while.. Hope you all have been having a great christmas, new years and all that !

Anyway... here be my proposition for a thread..HDRs in Close-Up photography..

You guys think it works?

Crocus, in Details-Enhancer


Crocus, in Details-Enhancer


Scilla, in Dynamic-Photo HDR

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Old Apr 19, 2010, 2:31 PM   #2
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It definately can work, but in my opinion the first 2 are a little bit too much. Adjust your smoothing slider a bit higher i think. right now it just brings out the background too much and distracts from the flower. it also causes the background to be a bit bright, again competing for interest.

i like the shot in #3 much better. this one looks quite natural, yet full of detail.
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 3:01 PM   #3
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Yeah... maybe I should do some masking on the first two.. bringing the background down a few pegs detail wise and maybe blurring it?
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 3:17 PM   #4
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That's probably how I would approach the first two - the background is definitely distracting. It's always hard to balance having enough DOF for the flower without having too much and getting a rough background.

If you've got bracketed sets, then take two pictures - one with the flowers the way you want and one with the darker background, put them on different layers and use a layer mask to let the one below show through where you want it, as another way to approach it.
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 3:27 PM   #5
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Yeah, thanks for the tip mtngal I'll definetly get a hash at that later... Im not really a star @ doing these kinds of edits, but sometimes gotta be the first, eh?

I also have a Thread with regular Close-ups , so please check that one out too
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 5:29 PM   #6
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Default Hey!!! Acapulco! Welcome back - I have missed you!! :o))

Great to have you back with us, Acapulco. I was really afraid something bad happened to you, because you dissappired suddendly, without a word of warning.

Anyway - it is good to have you with us other HDR-nuts!




I like # 3 very much - so tender colors! Well done, Acca! And this time - stay with us, you hear!!!

I want to see lots of nice sea-scapes from your lovely Bohuslän-coast!
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 5:39 PM   #7
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hehe, thanks alot Walter... Im going to revert back a bit, lurking all the HDR threads.. now that I think back, I havent been on the forum since like... 2 days in when HDR got it's own thread here @ steves-digicams....that's a long time :O
but now, Im definetly not going to go away, lol...
Now with my 50mm macro I'll be sure to get some pics up at least every week
The hard thing will be to be original and not to keep re-posting the same subject over and over again, haha

I'm just about to take a swing @ editing these pictures here.
Maybe even have a go at them in Dynamic-Photo instead, to see what might be achieved from there... That program never seeze to amaze me to be honest.
Sometimes it's 20x better than Photomatix...and sometimes it falls short...but not by a long shot.
Only thing I'd like from Dynamic HDR would be a bigger previewing ability... I know about the quick render and full preview, but I would like to have as big as it is on Photomatix..
but hey, what can you do

wow...that was a long post... sry
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Welcome back. I like all three of the pics. They are just over the top enough to make me look again and again.
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 6:13 PM   #9
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bit of an update...went to Lightroom to start organizing up for editing....what do I find to my amazement?
I have saved the images on the wrong computer...I only got the HDR ones on this computer hahaha...I'll get crackin in the morning instead then...
I'll have to find something else to do for now

- Bynx: Thanks for your comment, very kind of you
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i don't mean to be a prick by super-bumping myself but I'd love it if you guys would take a look at My Hiking Through The Beech Forest... There's only one HDR, but there's a couple of Panoramas for you...
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