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Old Apr 16, 2014, 12:42 AM   #1
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When people weren't behind the plow there were other things to look at. Wish the light hadn't been so harsh though.
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nice set chiPersei, I like the wagon wheel and the horses (both). I see what you mean about the harsh light, against the blue sky it seems almost like HDR was employed.
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nice set chiPersei, I like the wagon wheel and the horses (both). I see what you mean about the harsh light, against the blue sky it seems almost like HDR was employed.
I assumed these are HDR (as were the last?). Anyway, I love both sets.
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I assumed these are HDR (as were the last?). Anyway, I love both sets.
Not in the traditional, bracketed multi-image sense of the term. These are all single raw images that are processed using various software tools to squeeze out more dynamic range. For all images in this shoot the bulk of the editing is done in Lightroom. Because of the harsh light and dark shadows of the outdoor shots, some (including the Peerless steam tractor, the iron horse sculpture, and the real horse) were exported from Lightroom to either HDR Efex Pro or Photomatix Pro for tone mapping. So to that degree, HDR software was used on some of them but all the dynamic range you see was actually captured in a single raw file image. It just had to be "exposed" so to speak.

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Here's the original steam tractor prior to processing. I'm fully aware some may like it better than the processed image but I sometimes have a hard time letting well enough alone.
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Thanks for the PP explanation...... I like the 'finished' images as you've done them.

I am not a fan of over-done HDR, I do use Photomatix Pro occasionally but only for how you've done here.
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Agreed. When I identified them as HDR, I did mean it in a positive way
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Thanks guys. I appreciate the feedback. And I'm with Bob. HDR can get real garish real fast.

Here's the original horse image. As you can see I'm not opposed to heavy cropping for content either.
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I liked the finished images much better.
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