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Old Oct 13, 2010, 3:37 AM   #1
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I took some shots with my FZ35 in the open air museum in Kommern, Germany. About 60 historic buildings - dating back till the 16th century - were reerected in the museum to show how life has been in the 19th and early 20th century in Germany.

All shots were edited with autoHDR from Martin Sykes - www.autohdr.co.uk. (Thanks, Martin, for your great programme).

The stills were animated and can be seen here:

http://www.vimeo.com/15797552.

I hope you enjoy watching it.


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Old Oct 14, 2010, 8:06 PM   #2
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Shadows are part of life. If there's light, there's shadow. Again, the first image looks absolutely flat (IMO), almost like a 2D painting because it lacks the shadows. The 2nd and 3rd images look better, more natural.
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Old Oct 15, 2010, 1:52 AM   #3
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I got playing around with autoHDR, and on some images, it makes the
image look more like it actually looked in real life when I took the image,
but other images seem to look nasty, the images I have tried that seem
to work good with autoHDR are the ones that looked "darker" than they
should be, not sure why, but it seams to "fix" them LOL
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Old Oct 15, 2010, 11:52 AM   #4
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Hi Will,

I guess that is the point of HDR - to light up the dark areas.


Hi Tullio,

Thanks for your feedback. I guess it is personal taste, which comes into play here.
But I thought I should also post the original pictures to illustrate what autoHDR 'did' to them.
Apparently, the original of the wooden cart (left) looks even more flat and shadowless than the autoHDR version (right). So in this case autoHDR actually helped to add some structure and dimension to it.
The second picture might be a more typical example for an HDR-like effect - with the dark areas coming up a bit. I think it very nicely highlights the structure and texture of the old wood.
It is exactly this effect (revealing the texture of things) that I like about Martin's autoHDR.
From the response regarding the slide show on vimeo (http://vimeo.com/15797552) - it seems that this appeals also to some other people - but again: it is certainly a matter of personal taste.
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The tree: www.vimeo.com/11345662
with LC55 macro lens: www.vimeo.com/13884313
Zeeland: www.vimeo.com/14488204
The old mill: www.vimeo.com/14577326
autoHDR: www.vimeo.com/15797552
soccer kids: www.vimeo.com/17208358
christmas lights: www.vimeo.com/17912783

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Old Oct 15, 2010, 9:42 PM   #5
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I did a little animated GIF, comparing normal to AutoHDR.

I used an image that I took on a bright sunny day, but that turned
out a tad to dark looking, basically darker looking than it actually
looked that day



Its not perfect, but I think it could be used to "fix" some images

You can see the original images over at

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Yea I like AutoHDR
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Old Oct 15, 2010, 10:42 PM   #6
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I must agree that the HDR version of the first shot looks a bit better. However, I definitely prefer the original second shot. The HDR version does not reflect how our eyes see things. You can not possibly see a strong shadow on the board but have all the logs sticking out be absolutely lit all the way around. But, as you mentioned, this is very much a matter of personal preference. As I usually say, as long as the photographer is happy with his/her picture, it's all that matters.
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As I usually say, as long as the photographer is happy with his/her picture, it's all that matters.
Cheers to that one.
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Some of my stuff on vimeo (all shot with an FZ-35):
The tree: www.vimeo.com/11345662
with LC55 macro lens: www.vimeo.com/13884313
Zeeland: www.vimeo.com/14488204
The old mill: www.vimeo.com/14577326
autoHDR: www.vimeo.com/15797552
soccer kids: www.vimeo.com/17208358
christmas lights: www.vimeo.com/17912783

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You can see the original images over at

will1384's Panasonic DMC-FZ35 Camera Picasa Web Album

Yea I like AutoHDR
You have some nice picture in your web album - congrats
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The tree: www.vimeo.com/11345662
with LC55 macro lens: www.vimeo.com/13884313
Zeeland: www.vimeo.com/14488204
The old mill: www.vimeo.com/14577326
autoHDR: www.vimeo.com/15797552
soccer kids: www.vimeo.com/17208358
christmas lights: www.vimeo.com/17912783

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You have some nice picture in your web album - congrats
Thanks, I am still learning to use the camera, and I have very little
time to use it here and there, but yea when the camera and the shot
are setup it takes awesome pictures
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