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Old Apr 23, 2017, 3:10 PM   #1
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There's no doubt that the most extensive High Dynamic Range effects can be achieved when using several differently exposed images.

But I've been surprised how far the Photomatix program can bring out from even a single image, what at first looks completely black. Perhaps it should be called be called Improved Dynamic Range?

Here's an example, (though my efforts to correct the vertical and horizontal components using Photoshop could have been done better) -

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Old Apr 24, 2017, 5:49 PM   #2
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G'day Herb

Agreed - you have made a considerable difference to the original
Q- what processes did you go thru to get from a) to b) ??

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Old Apr 25, 2017, 12:08 AM   #3
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Phil -

So far as bringing out the colour goes, it was quite quick and easy. I opened Photomatix Essentials for Linux, opened the original picture file with it, & examined the thumbnails of the various variations offered. The one called "balanced" seemed to work best, so I selected that to be processed as the "tonemapped" version.

The rest took a lot more time and patience!

Now of course I had 2 pictures - the original and the tonemapped version. I used the "distort" function of Photoshop Elements 2 to try to make the Hydro pole in both the pictures vertical and the roofline of the next door house horizontal. I got reasonably close but I now realise that I could have saved time and got a better correspondence of the two pictures by doing the distortion operation right at the start, on the original picture before I used Photomatix!

Anyway, having got two pictures, one tone mapped and the other with the lower part that looked uniformly black, I used Photoshop Elements to paste them side by side in a blank frame. That was a bit laborious because the cut & paste function produces a big PSD file & I had to convert that to JPEG.

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Old Apr 25, 2017, 5:45 PM   #4
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G'day Herb

Well it certainly looks much better after your efforts
Well done

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