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Old Apr 20, 2012, 4:17 PM   #11
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You are not suggesting I'm a serious photographer, are you? I'm a casual photographer. Photography is just a hobbie. I don't even know PS that well and of of my photo editing is done through Picasa, Photoscape, Neatimage and Lightzone (all free software and each offer a good number of editing options). I play with all of them depending on what I want to accomplish. Picasa now has an HDR function but I totally dislike the results I get from it.

Thanks for posting the non-HDR version, which BTW I prefer.
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 6:10 PM   #12
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I think HDR has it's place- some like it,some don't.
Some use it to capture a "real" image,giving an image a range of tones not currently possible to capture in a single exposure- and some like it's artistic possibilities.
It's all good- whatever you shoot- and however you shoot it- you'll never please everybody,however..lol..!!
I hope you don't mind- but the mischief maker in me couldn't help having a go at "undoing" the original HDR...
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 7:22 PM   #13
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Simon,
I don't mind you undid the HDR. That is another way of looking at the same shot. This is great because I am learning every time someone makes a comment and benefit from it. Thank you!
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 11:05 PM   #14
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Interesting. The question is, are the colors more or less accurate w/o HDR? I worked a bit on the second image in Picasa (hope you don't mind). I find it interesting how different all these pictures look like depending on how they've been PP'ed.
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Here's the Picasa edited version of the non-HDR image...
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 11:41 PM   #16
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Tullio,

Your edited copy of the picture is very good in bleaching out the saturation and improved the sharpness at the same time It looks like a light HDR job. I like it!
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I think Tulio knows more than he is letting on. I like it as well.
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Your edited copy of the picture is very good in bleaching out the saturation and improved the sharpness at the same time It looks like a light HDR job. I like it!
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James, I know that already. This forum is great! I am learning through this exchanging of ideas.
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Old Apr 22, 2012, 10:00 PM   #19
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Thanks, guys. I really don't know that much...I go by what my eyes tell me. I've said this many times before...shadows are part of life. If there's light, there's shadow. Getting rid of them (like "fake" HDR does) makes the image unnatural and flat. It looses the 3D effect if not carefully done. True HDR uses multiple images blended together. That way both highlights and shadows are preserved and then properly balanced. On the other hands, "fake" HDR uses one image and all it does is brighten up the shadowed areas to an extreme. As I mentioned previously, I use a number of free products to edit my photos depending on what I think I need doing.
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