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Old Apr 5, 2011, 11:10 AM   #1
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Default Follow-up on Walter C's HDR Example

As follow-up to Walter's post, "Still debating about using HDR?", I was actually thinking of posting the images below to also show what HDR can do.

The first image is the middle exposure. When I was taking the set, I noticed the shade on the left and immediately thought as long as I take enough exposures HDR can take care of that.

The second image is the HDR version (I used Dynamic Photo HDR with Topaz Adjust and some lens correction and horizontal aligning). I think there is no longer any trace of the shade on the left side of the image.





Thank you for looking. C&C welcome. The image is of a front door of one of Fred F. French's apartment buildings in Tudor City, New York.
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Old Apr 6, 2011, 6:25 PM   #2
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Good example of the combination of HDR and Topaz Adjust. You're definitely a master of this approach.
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Old Apr 7, 2011, 10:44 AM   #3
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man you really fetched the detial out in this one. look at the left lower widow with the pipe barely visable on the middle exsposure
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Old Apr 12, 2011, 9:34 AM   #4
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Thank you, Walter, simple.

simple, I didn't notice the pipe but you're right, HDR brought it out.

I think near-HDR quality is still possible with single shots processed by Topaz Adjust, especially for landscapes with great-looking skies. Quite often, skies (or some parts of it) are blown-out because the sky is simply too bright.

In the shots below, I underexposed the shots by about -1ev according to my Sony A350's meter. The idea is to meter the sky properly, then bring the camera's suggested values down a notch or two so that the foreground does not become completely black. Topaz Adjust will "fill in" the lost detail and color in the foreground.

I used Topaz Adjust's "psychedelic" preset as a starting point then reduced the Details sliders to the following:

Strength = 1.00
Boost = 1.00
Threshhold = 0.02
Radius = 10.00

Then I increased the Sharpen slider to the maximum value:

Sharpen = 4.00.

I found that maximizing the Sharpen value to 4.00 actually adds to brightening up the dark areas.

I worked with the large image files from my camera. After applying the above Topaz Adjust values, I shrank the images to a width of 1024 for the landscape photos and a height of 900 for the portrait photo. Shrinking eliminates a lot of the noise created by Topaz Adjust. Further de-noising with Topaz DeNoise eliminates all noise.

Out-of-camera #1:


After Topaz Adjust #1:


Out-of-camera #2:


After Topaz Adjust #2:


Out-of-camera #3:


After Topaz Adjust #3:


Out-of-camera #4:


After Topaz Adjust #4:


I hope this helps. I learned from a Topaz webinar that, referring to underexposed areas, Topaz Adjust creates information out of nothing. I didn't believe it at first but now think I do.

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Jaw drop examples.
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Yep, Adjust pays for itself quickly.
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