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Greg Chappell Jan 16, 2014 9:47 PM

I've Never Used Bracketing All That Much Before..
...but I may start a little more, especially since it's so easy to get at now with one button press.

Did a couple of 5-exposure brackets shooting a sunset yesterday with the E-M1 and 12-40 Zuiko at ISO 100. Made myself as steady as possible.....5 shots in continuous shooting mode when the camera captures 10 frames in a second are captured pretty much instantly so tripods are not all that important unless you're using really slow shutter speeds.

Out of the five images I picked two that did the best job exposing the highlights and shadows, processed both raw files into jpegs and combined them using layers and a layer mask, kind of a fun process, especially when you can paint on the mask with a Wacom pressure-sensitive pen instead of a mouse.

It was almost too late to try some initial outside shots with the 50-200 Zuiko I purchased last week but I got off a test shot or two in some low light, this one at 1/160 second....part of the shutter speed range where so many complain about some urban legend called shutter shock. I ain't seein' it here, especially reading all those monuments at the larger sizes..

chiPersei Jan 17, 2014 12:02 AM

Beautiful photos Greg. So are you, for instance, laying one photo on top of the other and painting out the overexposed sky of the brighter photo?

Greg Chappell Jan 17, 2014 1:13 AM

Exactly. Did it with a layer mask so none of the painting was permanent if I wanted to go back and make changes.

chiPersei Jan 17, 2014 10:51 AM

Beautifully done. Looks much more realistic than the usual HDR image.

boBBrennan Jan 17, 2014 10:36 PM

I've never attempted this and don't really have a clue how to, your results look great.

Other than putting single files through Photomatix Pro which I've had a long time but never have used it on a multi image file set.

ramcewan Jan 23, 2014 6:30 AM

very cool photos, bracketing comes in handy for HDR too

KulaCube Jan 30, 2014 11:32 PM

Spent a day high in the alps this past summer and used the PL1's auto bracket as i thought would need the extra exposure latitude with the sky, snow and mountain sides. Got home and then ran the images through Photomatix. Turned out that I could get better results working with ASP with the best image of the three. Maybe if I could have used a larger range of exposures.

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