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Old Mar 25, 2011, 6:38 PM   #1
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Default Still debating about using HDR?

A number of fine photographers on this forum, notably vvcarpio and Walter S, have provided great examples of the benefits of HDR. Thought I'd provide this example myself -- starting with the "middle" frame of a 3-bracket shot (hand-held). This is what you might get if you are shooting a single frame without much in-camera adjustments.
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Old Mar 25, 2011, 6:41 PM   #2
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Here is the same scene, but adding the overexposed and underexposed shots processed in Photomatix Pro. It is much more like what my eye was seeing, with a lot more detail in the shadows....but, IMO, not overdone. C&C welcome.
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Old Mar 25, 2011, 6:51 PM   #3
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HDR has changed my whole look at photography. Your example here is exactly why that look has changed.
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Old Mar 25, 2011, 9:57 PM   #4
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Great example & nicely done.
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Definitely a scene that HDR was designed for. The conversion is nicely done, there's no halos and it's not over-the-top (what I normally aim for when doing HDR).
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Your example to me is what defines HDR. Before i started processing my photos in Photomatix i would always look at sunset photos and say to myself, this is beautiful, but it's not what my eye was seeing. I was seeing detail in what is shadows in the photo or the other way around depending on what was being shot, and to me some of the magic of the scene was lost. But with HDR we get the chance to create the scene as it originally looked to us.

I've had many of my friends look at my HDRs and ask if it was real, because over so many years people are used to seeing photos a certain way, and since HDR is relatively new, you're not used to seeing all that detail in a photo. Granted sometimes the post processing can be overboard, but the times it is spot on, the photo is usually amazing.
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Very nice, Walter -- I agree I think this is a very good example of what HDR can do. (Thanks, too, for mentioning me in the intro!) I believe you when you say the second image is what your eyes actually see.

Just a theory of mine -- and vision experts can correct me if wrong -- but I think as we move our eyes around a scene they constantly adjust so we see more detail in otherwise too bright and too dark spots. I think this is what HDR basically "does" -- "moves" our eyes around a scene.
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