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Old Jan 1, 2009, 2:12 PM   #11
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...All the photos are handheld except for the 2 dark scene where my elbow rest on the counter.

Amazing! - a quick check of the EXIF-data show that most shots exhibit anExposure Timeof 1/20" or 1/30" - and they are SHARP!

Well done, rontth.

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Congratulations on your first, and let me say, successful panorama-shot!


What is a HDR (software)? Something to do with panorama?

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Old Jan 2, 2009, 10:18 AM   #13
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HDR stands for 'Higher Dynamic Range'.

Our eyes has a wide dynamic range (difference between dark and bright), while our camera sensor can only capture a small amount of what our eyes are able to take in.

HDR photos is created by combining multiple exposed shots of the same image (or bracketing)and merging these photosinto a single photo. HDR photos are closer to what our eyes can capture.

To create HDR photos we need software to create them. The two best known programs for creating HDR photos are Photomatix and Photoshop CS2/CS3.

Here's an example of HDR photos from http://hubpages.com/hub/HDR-Photography








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Thank you rontth, for your patience and the link to this HDR / Higher Dynamic Range - which I read with astonishment - What dynamics and what possibilities!

What is it with you and all your new explorations? - First the FZ28, then the LX3, thenthe tripod and now this! Everything you do or find out - I want the same!! :lol:

I guess we must be on the same level of curiousness.

My next plans are to explore the panorama-function and for this I need a new tripod. Yesterday, from the deepest of my cellar, I dug out my old tripod, given to me by my wife more than 30 years ago (!!!). But it will not be suitable for this job as it completely lacks the markings of ยบ = degrees, has no spirit-levelsand also it has no "Quick-release head" which I feel is crucial for this kind of photography.
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Old Jan 5, 2009, 1:53 AM   #15
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Found a program for creating HDR photos and it's free (open source).

The program is called 'Qtpfsgui' , here is the link with HDR tutorial :

http://garmahis.com/tutorials/hdr-tu...free-software/

Quite easy and fun to use after reading the tutorial.

Tried one quick HDR photo, so please ignore the composition,color, sharpness....etc.

Just to show the difference :



Original photo (normal exposure)





HDR photo (using Qtpfsgui and GIMP)


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Amazing, yet strange dynamics!

I'm not shure what to think of this...but,as you said, disregard colour and sharpness. As a "first" it must be satisfactory to be able to do something that "wild".

I am looking forward to see more samples - which I am sure you will provide eventually. Interesting software, rontth.


Thanks for sharing this special moment.

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