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Old Nov 8, 2010, 5:19 PM   #1
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Another example of combining HDR with Topaz. Here is the middle exposure of a 3-shot photo of a '57 Oldsmobile.
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Here is the Photomatix Pro v.4 HDR result
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Finally, I brought it into Topaz Adjust for some tweaking and then Topaz Denoise. Of course, this is done to my own particular "taste", but I think it shows how the 2 programs together can provide even more flexibility and reveal even more features of a subject. Comments?
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That final one is a killer. Great job Walter.
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Hi Walter,

I do very much like the last version all except for the sky- which to my eyes- is too dark and has a fair amount of noise.

As so often happens to me when I play around with Photomatix, when I want to dramatize the subject in the image, the sky often times, gets dark and a lot of noise creeps in.

When that's happened to me, my solution- and not always with a great deal of success- is to go to Adobe Camera Raw and adjust the noise reduction slider, color noise slider and then adjust the fill light slider up.

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Hi Walter,

I do very much like the last version all except for the sky- which to my eyes- is too dark and has a fair amount of noise.

As so often happens to me when I play around with Photomatix, when I want to dramatize the subject in the image, the sky often times, gets dark and a lot of noise creeps in.

When that's happened to me, my solution- and not always with a great deal of success- is to go to Adobe Camera Raw and adjust the noise reduction slider, color noise slider and then adjust the fill light slider up.

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As you see, Photomatix only darkened the sky enough to recognize the cloudiness. It was Topaz adjust that make the sky even darker, which I actually like for this scene and the treatment of the car. As I said, its a personal preference and one that is fully adjustable in both Photomatix Pro and Topaz.

I can't see how your "solution" would work here since the output from Photomatix and Topaz is a JPG file...not RAW.
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As you see, Photomatix only darkened the sky enough to recognize the cloudiness. It was Topaz adjust that make the sky even darker, which I actually like for this scene and the treatment of the car. As I said, its a personal preference and one that is fully adjustable in both Photomatix Pro and Topaz.

I can't see how your "solution" would work here since the output from Photomatix and Topaz is a JPG file...not RAW.
Hi Walter, You are absolutely right, in that, it is all personal preference. And, if it pleases you, that's great. You did ask for comments, so, I did. I agree that the treatment of the car is both dramatic and effective. I like that a lot.

By the way, the latest versions of Adobe's Camera RAW v6.2 or greater, do a wonderful job of processing both JPEG and RAW files. I shoot in jpeg only and use the ACR program for almost all my file editing.

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