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Old Jan 31, 2012, 7:40 PM   #1
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I've been struggling with HDR recently, I like natural-looking pictures mostly. I was about to give up on both of the programs I have, but decided to give it another try. Thought this flower came out nicely.



It was done in Photomatix of 5 exposures 1 stop apart, hand-held. I didn't try the series in HDR Efex because it's not as good lining up somewhat mis-aligned shots.

It was a very sunny day - here's the middle exposure, uncropped:

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Old Jan 31, 2012, 9:05 PM   #2
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Funny, I use Photomatix Light for much of my landscape shots. Never really thought about using it for flowers 'til the other day when Bynx posted his HDR shot of a flower.


This one came out looking very natural. I rather like it.

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Old Jan 31, 2012, 9:28 PM   #3
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That looks great!

I must be doing something wrong as my pictures never align that well even when using my tripod (photomatix and photoshop elements 9)
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I use photomatix pro (always have) and the version I have has a semi-manual alignment option. I needed it in a couple of places, but in this case, it wasn't windy so the flower didn't move while my camera fired off the 5 exposures with one push of the shutter.

Flowers aren't the best subject for HDR if there's a breeze, I don't normally use HDR processing for them because of that. However, I chimp a lot and keep the "blinkies" turned on - if I see clipping in both shadows and highlights I'll almost always bracket the scene. Then try HDR and if that doesn't work, I'll choose the brightest exposure without blown highlights and try to recover detail in the shadows. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't - I often just give up.
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Like Zig, I'd never really considered HDR for flowers. Your effort is pretty convincing. Nice.
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Harriet, what mode are you shooting in? If the aperture is changing between shots it will make them harder to align them because the sharp in-focus edges don't remain constant. Ideally shoot in aperture priority so it only changes the shutter speed.
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I shoot most often in Av (aperture mode), and definitely when exposure bracketing. While it doesn't make a huge difference when shooting a distant scene, it's critical when shooting flowers.
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HDR Flowers ? Wow .. I am convinced. Need to Try!!!
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thats very nice
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Wow. The difference is dramatic. I remember seeing magazine articles on backlighting flowers now it looks like with HDR we don't have to. Nice shot and pp!
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