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Old Feb 9, 2011, 9:24 PM   #1
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Just to add to Geoper2's very nice shots and further the HDR discussion.
The attached are handheld shots from our camp in Arizona. These are from 3 bracketed exposures, one is 0 EV, one is -2 EV and third is +2 EV. I've done up to six bracketed exposures but a tripod is almost mandatory when re-setting the EV's beyond the three allowed by the FZ40 auto bracket. They get post processed as TIFF formats but converted to JPEG. These are 16 bit resized JPEG's so they lose a lot of detail and color. The HDR software I use is SNS-HDR. Photoshop has an HDR image align and merge feature. Probably the most popular HDR software is Photomatix.
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Nice - I really like the first one, although the lack of shadows give it an odd feel. The last one preserves the shadows under the vehicles well.

I've only used picturenaut, which does a great job but has very different tone mapping approaches and doesn't give this kind of look at all.
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Old Feb 10, 2011, 12:12 PM   #3
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The first one may lack shadows since I put the sun directly behind the bigger
cactus. Seems like different HDR software gives different results and aggressive tone mapping can produce some over processed unnatural results. But it's all in the eye of the beholder. These images really need noise reduction especially in the sky area but some detail is lost (#3 noise reduced). For better results the noisy sky could be masked, noise reduced and layer added back to the base image.
And a more natural daylight HDR shot with a very blue sky that needed noise reduction. Done with minimal toning.
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Stunning scenery, love the first shot - a great composition. Keem em coming.
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Hey MM,

Great job on the NR, that looks really good. Amazing scenery
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These are great shots. Im really starting to get into HDR's, the more I see of them the more I like them.
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Great shots....
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These are great shots. Im really starting to get into HDR's, the more I see of them the more I like them.
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Me too , some photos look fantastic when done correctly .
I have Photomatrix , can anyone give me any pointers on tonemapping please ? seems a bit complicated
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