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Old Jan 16, 2014, 8:47 PM   #1
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Default 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..


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Old Jan 16, 2014, 11:02 PM   #2
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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?
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Exactly. Did it with a layer mask so none of the painting was permanent if I wanted to go back and make changes.
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Beautifully done. Looks much more realistic than the usual HDR image.
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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.
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very cool photos, bracketing comes in handy for HDR too
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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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