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Old Jun 27, 2010, 7:18 AM   #1
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This is my first post in this HDR forum. (Exciting!) I do love many HDRs - generally I go for a somewhat conservative approach to photo editting - including HDRs.

While I've been into photography as a hobby for several years, I know I've still got a lot to learn in many areas - including: photography generally (composition, technique, light), post processing and HDR.

As I attempt to learn (and share) - hope that is also useful, interesting or good for others too. So here goes!

Photo 1- Second Valley beach / cliff area - about 1 hour south of Adelaide.

Photo 2 - Robe lake reflection - went there for a long weekend holiday when my twin brother and his family visited me here in South Australia (they live in Tasmania)

Photo 3 - Robe beach (mini-dune and quite rugged beach).

Enjoy!! Please do critique, provide your comments and feedback!

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I think #1 and #3 work as examples of a more restrained, natural HDR approach but #2 is a bit too restrained in my opinion. I can see almost no *visible* detail in the vegatation. Here's a further processed version which shows some more detail but still looks reasonably natural I think:

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Hello Martin

I am very thankful to have your much valued input.

Actually, after seeing your edit and comments, I appreciate the perspective a 'new eye' - especially a HDR trained eye (and mind) like yours can offer. I think your post processing does make it feel more alive / light (rather than gloomy / dark). Did you do it in AutoHDR?

The HDR I posted, was from a 3 exposure setting. Usually I have set the +/- around 1 EV between exposures. But maybe I should start doing more, e.g. 2 EV. ?? Hmmm...

One thing I did notice in doing a few (series) of lake / reflection HDRs (all the same or similar settings, i.e. around +/- 1 EV, is that HDR would 'equalise' the reflection and the actual subject (i.e. clouds in the sky and clouds in the reflection almost the same brightness). Usually the reflection is noticeably (and understandably) darker.

So that can give a nice, effect - that neither is 'too dark' or 'blown highlights' (especially with sky / clouds' by processing a HDR). However yes, I've seen - I could get more detail using a bit more latitude in the post processing - to lighten it up - which shows in the reeds in the foreground too much better.

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Hi Paul,

Yes that was AutoHDR on default settings starting from your posted Photomatix version - so it's a combination of the two I guess.

I'm not sure how the exposure settings work on the combined shots in Photomatix - but I get the impression that an individual pixel can't be darker than the darkest exposure or brighter than the brightest exposure so extending your exposure range should help if that is the case.

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