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Old Oct 5, 2011, 4:01 PM   #1
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Again, using one of my favorite subjects (Huntington Beach pier) I shot a few HDR sets. Obviously, moving waves, sky and people make this a challenge. Here is a middle exposure of my first example:
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And here is the HDR version, processed in Photomatix Pro and Topaz Adjust. C&C welcome.
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Example #2: Here is the middle bracketed shot.
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And the HDR/Photomatix Pro/Topaz Adjust result.
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It happens that i like both, the middle exposures and the HDRs. Each one has a character of his own.
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I agree with Ordo. Your middle shots look quite nice. But your HDR finals are stunning.
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I can imagine if you were a photography instructor inside a classroom your students will be wowed by your first slide and then when you show them your second slide saying "this is what HDR does" they'd be floored. Really nice work on both HDR and non-HDR sets.
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I have to confess,I have quite a love hate relationship with HDR....
Some seem to use it in an artistic realm(which is not for me..) and myself using it(though not often...)to give an "as the eye sees" exposure in otherwise impossible lighting situation -adjusting it back to real life via levels after the HDR effect has taken hold..!
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Here's a tweak of one of your shots..(hope you don't mind..!)
I dropped the blue channel right out,dropped the "mid" levels down and burned the foreground shadows a little...
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I much prefer the original shot, the others appear unnatural to me.
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