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Old Jun 19, 2010, 11:28 AM   #1
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Default My first attempt at HDR pics from an old Alaska trip

Here's some old Alaska cruise pictures with my first attempt using HDR.

The first is of a building in Seattle; don't remember the name. The sky was overcast at the time.

The second pic was our ship docked somewhere in Alaska. The cloud formations all along the cruise were spectacular.

No adjustments to the pictures were made; I'm still working on that.

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Old Jun 19, 2010, 11:59 AM   #2
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Wow. #2 is stunning! A great (and humilliating) first HDR.
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 1:24 PM   #3
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I could pick at the composition in #2, but the drama in the sky blows any criticism away. Spectacular shot.
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 9:53 PM   #4
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that sky is tremendous.
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 11:18 PM   #5
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For your first HDR shots, you've done a helluva good job. As good as or better than some seasoned vets. Of course having those spectacular clouds sure doesnt hurt does it?
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Old Jun 20, 2010, 11:29 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone!

jWest-Please give me some pointers on the composition in #2. The shot was an afterthought as we walked away from the ship. Also, my wife thought the green was too green.

I need to go back thru over 10 years of digital photos to find a few more.

What are suitable subjects for HDR treatment? I've seen cloud formations, sunsets and architectural scenes. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Old Jun 20, 2010, 5:13 PM   #7
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The best subject for HDR is anything, but especially light sources which range from very bright (sunlight) to very dark (corner shadows) and everything in between.
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Old Jun 20, 2010, 8:06 PM   #8
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in my opinion, the cruise ship photo would benefit from better composition as well. possibly more centered to the ship itself (with plenty of sky all around). your photo has too much of the parking lot/road/street signs/light poles that is detracting from the over all aura of such a beautiful ship and sky.

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Old Jun 21, 2010, 5:07 AM   #9
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Those clouds are stunning. I'm not sure how you'd do it in DynamicPhoto but you can bring out even more detail in them:



I'd agree with Bynx that just about anything can look good with HDR although HDR is often not just a single effect and can incorporate others either intentionally or not such as sharpening, detail enhancement etc.

I've only done pseudo-HDRs but I find the most stunning can come from wildlife shots, cars/trucks and architecture
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The clouds are indeed tremendous as ewheeler20 pointed out. I am so jealous. Great first HDRs!
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