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Old Jun 15, 2010, 3:35 PM   #21
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Awesome photos, very beautiful.
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 11:44 AM   #22
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Verrry nice. The shots of the nave are stunnning. Great pp!
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Old Jun 20, 2010, 5:39 AM   #23
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Hi Bynx

I agree with the others - these are wonderfully composed and well crafted images.
The deep red carpet and timber hues work wonderfully together.

The colours in the stain-glassed windows are so rich and deep, without being oversaturated and 'plastic'. Great post processing (as per usual). Thanks for sharing.

So you mentioned that you put together 7 images. May I ask - how much of an advantage is there to this over 3 images?

My cameras can do 3 - and I've done quite a number of 2 or 3 exposure HDRs. But never more. I know I can capture more than 3 manually - but wonder when there is a need for this. Most of my HDRs are landscape.

Looking forward to your reply. thanks again.

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Well Paul, I highly recommend taking more than 3. If your shots are 2 fstops apart then you are covering 6 fstops with 3 shots. With 7 or 9 shots you cover 14 or 18 fstops. So much more detail shows up. Now after taking the 5, 7 or 9 shots if you dont need some just use only what you like. In fact try a test. Take your usual three but go so far as to take 7. Then process your usual 3, and then process your 7. I think you will see a difference, particularly if it is an HDR situation with a range from very bright to very dark and everything in between. Thanks for your comments. And again, its nice to see you back.
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Old Jun 20, 2010, 10:08 AM   #25
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Hi Bynx

Thanks for the explanation, much appreciated. I'll have to try doing 7 shots and first processing just the middle 3, then doing the full 7 and comparing the difference.

I guess I'll only be able to do these (that is a set of 7) on a tripod, as my camera won't auto-bracket that many. Usually I try to do 3 handheld (at high speed continuous shooting) -and often that works - but sometimes if I shift slightly, it's not aligned.

Do you find HDR software (like Photomatix) needs to be very close (aligned) to work well? Again, Bynx - thanks for your continually generous nature in sharing what you do and how too!

It's good to be back.

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Old Jun 20, 2010, 10:30 AM   #26
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The nice thing about Photomatix is that it will handle hand held shots that are "slightly" out of register. I dont know how much it will fix but Ive done a few hand held HDR and it does a pretty good job. But a tripod is always preferable. Just because of slow shutter speeds if anything else.
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Photomatix is quite forgiving of a bit of camera movement, less so if your subject moves (though the latest version of the program does a reasonable job with slight differences of one element). I do a lot of hand-held series the same way you do - letting the camera fire off 5 shots with one push of the shutter, but I get better results using a tripod and it's more consistent.
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Mtngal have you tried HDR from a single Raw file? A good exposure and tone mapping should give a good pic of traffic and moving people, water and clouds.
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photomatix ..... if processing one shot has to be raw .... dynamic hdr can be either
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