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Old May 2, 2010, 8:19 AM   #1
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Default a 1st attempt at HDR

I've been looking at all the HDR submissions at Steve's, of late, and the process/results intrigues me. I'm not big on 'overcooking' a photo. But, I've seen enough that I thought I'd give it a go.

This is my 1st attempt. I've a lot to learn using this technique. It was processed in Photomatix Light. I thought I'd start out with the more modest version and see where it might take me.

Looking for some input and/or criticism, suggestions, etc.
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I like the pastel-type coloring of the beach and vegitation as it looks on my screen. Excellent sharpness from foreground to background. How many images did you use in retaining such a good tonal range?
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Hi Greg,

5 images Exp.Bkt. 1/3 were used. As for the sharpness, I applied 30% USM in Photoshop.

I printed it out at actual size; 19" x 8" on a 60# satin finish paper from Red River Paper just to see what it would look like. And, I do like the color tone to it.

Ouch, It looks like I'll be spending more money again!

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It kinda looks like a watercolor painting. Good composition.
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It kinda looks like a watercolor painting. Good composition.
Hi Steven,
Thanks for taking the time to comment. Yes, I know at times I look and like the effect. Then I look and I'm not so sure.

I will say this, this prints out a heck of a lot nicer than the image as seen on the some monitors. I have an IMAC screen and it looks pretty close to what comes out of the printer. When I looked at it on my wife's DEll laptop, the image didn't really look good at all.

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Nicely done, Zig-

It seems to have a lot of mood to it and nice coloring.

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very nice layered look to this shot. tones look good. i usually don't go quite as far on the HDR, but for this shot I think it actually looks quite pleasing and befits the simple subject matter.
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Hey Zig !

I really like this HDr .. esp as a first attempt !

You got me thinking about HDR and I was wondering if instead of taking 5 separate shots of a scene, would a single RAW file - exported as 5 exposed over and under individual files work the same way ?

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you can do that and it will work. however you will still be limited to the dynamic range of the sensor + raw latitude. but for scenes without alot of DR that works well.


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I really like this HDr .. esp as a first attempt !

You got me thinking about HDR and I was wondering if instead of taking 5 separate shots of a scene, would a single RAW file - exported as 5 exposed over and under individual files work the same way ?

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Hey Zig !

I really like this HDr .. esp as a first attempt !

You got me thinking about HDR and I was wondering if instead of taking 5 separate shots of a scene, would a single RAW file - exported as 5 exposed over and under individual files work the same way ?

Cheers

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From what I have read about Photomatix, it will accept multiple files processed from one RAW file.

I tried an HDR image using the HDR function built into Photoshop CS2 a while back before upgrading to CS4 and Photoshop's HDR program would not accept multiple JPEG's from one RAW file. Since upgrading to CS4 I've not attempted any more so I don't know if Adobe upgraded their own program for Photoshop and, I am assuming, Lightroom.
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