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Old Oct 20, 2006, 11:51 PM   #11
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To answer both mtngal and aneopa, first of all, thanks for the kind comments.

These were all taken with 3 exposures, bracketed at -2, 0, and +2 exposures. Naturally had to use a tripod, with a remote shutter release, and were taken in jpg format. With the Photomatix software, however, RAW can be used, although I have not tried it yet.

The real key is after they are combined, you then use tone mapping, which really brings out the details from each of the exposures, and combines them well.
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Old Oct 21, 2006, 1:16 AM   #12
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Really impressing! I like #2, is it one of these Zenitar 16 mm lenses?

Gotta, gotta, gotta learn how to do it!

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Old Oct 21, 2006, 1:19 AM   #13
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Yes, a Zenitar 16mm Fisheye. It is a VERY good lens, sharp, easy to use. I believe there are some on this forum who like it as their favorite lens.
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Old Oct 21, 2006, 3:22 AM   #14
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NZNhut, these are very nice and sharp shots, very impressive and nicely done! I've been reading about HDR and, seeing your pictures, I think i'm gonna try that myself.



Hoping to see more!,



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Old Oct 21, 2006, 3:15 PM   #15
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wow.

thanks for posting, eric
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Old Oct 21, 2006, 3:39 PM   #16
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well, i think you might be getting the hang of it.. great shots BTW.
is this the area of utah you live in??

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Old Oct 21, 2006, 3:48 PM   #17
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Roy,
Wish I did live right there - I actually live in the south part of Salt Lake, (about 5 hrs north) but my brother lives in Monticello, right in the middle of that country, and I stay with him as a launching pad to explore and photograph that area. I was actually there on a mule deer hunt I drew out on. Got my buck early Saturday morning, so had the rest of the weekend to shoot other things, namely the scenery.
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is this the area of utah you live in??

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Old Oct 21, 2006, 5:55 PM   #18
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Utah is one of the prettiest states - incredible scenery. One could easily spend months exploring the area with a camera. My only problem is that there are far more interesting places to visit than I have time!
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More incredible scenery. I am going to have to try HDR some time soon, perhaps as soon as I feel I have mastered the photo software I already have. Your shots are definately worthy of framing.

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nznhut, I am so glad that (like myself) you have a Sigma 24-135mm that works. Your images show just how good this lens can be, in spite of its size and weight it is a near permanent fixture on my DL.

The HDR method seems to be working. I tried a simplified method this summer using RAW files. I took a single shot (exposed for the high end of the mid tones), then I processed it once for shadow detail and a second time for highlights. I then combined the two results using layers and playing with masks. I think my image may have been too high contrast for that method, the result was not very good. Yours however are fantastic. Keep up the good work.

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