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Old Jun 25, 2010, 10:26 PM   #1
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Default First HDR using Photomatrix Pro

I have done mostly portrait editing, but have been inspired by this forum to go beyond my comfort zone.

This is my first HDR using Photomatrix Pro..It is simple, yet it says so much!



Please critique! Thank you!
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Old Jun 25, 2010, 11:22 PM   #2
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I like the halo around the blue star field, it really draws the attention. I'm not sure any improvement is necessary any increase in color (which is what i was going to suggest) might take away from the impact of the star field.
Nice shot, may be simple but powerful nonetheless
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Old Jun 26, 2010, 7:31 PM   #3
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jasmineandbrian2, you haven't posted this in the critique section, but if you'd like some feedback let me know.
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Old Jun 26, 2010, 7:44 PM   #4
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Please do! I am open for any improvements! I know the white is blown in a couple spots, I did not see that before I posted, but then again I'm on a different monitor...I didn't post in the "critique" section, as this is my first HDR...
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Old Jun 26, 2010, 8:09 PM   #5
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In my humble opinion, the halo is actually a detraction to this photo. It is a byproduct of an over processed HDR. It also made the sky a bit too gray and grungy. Some people like it, some don't. Also, the white strips seem a bit blue to me, but that could be my monitor?

I just did a quick edit, i hope you don't mine, just to show you what I personally would have done with it.

Your original:


My version:

I made the sky "bluer", made the white "whiter", and eliminated the halo.

It's all a matter of taste I suppose.
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 3:30 AM   #6
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I think your original images didn't have enough range. You've mentioned the highlights so you know the top end is heavily clipped but I'd also expect to see more detail in the shadowed areas on the pole and the stars which are very dark.
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For me, I also believe the halo distracts from the photo (imho). Sometimes it can add focus (which it might do to some) - but my preference is for no 'special effects' in photos in most cases.

Therefore, I think Eric's version (also the colours) seem an improvement. But however, as I know flags can be hard - you've made a good start.

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Thank you guys for your input! I will take this all into consideration with my next HDR! I do have a question...Has anyone been successfull with HDR on people? If so, do you have any examples? Thank you!
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i have seen some people hdr.. not in love with them. it conveys a certain emotion which i dont like. google "hdr people".
Also keep in mind it its hard to take a real HDR of moving subjects, so a lot of people make pseudo HDRs out of just one pic.
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