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Old Nov 21, 2010, 3:41 PM   #1
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This is my first attempt at using the Photomatix software to produce an HDR image so it is understandably a rather crude attempt. Any comments or suggestions from users of this software please!
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Old Nov 21, 2010, 3:57 PM   #2
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The first image was straight from photomatix, this one has the foreground massaged with PSE5 to produce less blue.
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Old Nov 21, 2010, 3:58 PM   #3
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Note that snow is in fact slightly blue since it reflects the sky, our brains know the difference so we adjust our perception. The first image however is way over the top.
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Old Nov 21, 2010, 4:02 PM   #4
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Left on its own, with program exposure, 0 exposure compensation, this is what the camera would have produced. More natural looking but lacking detail.

I may get to like this HDR stuff after all. It does work in some situations as long as you don't over-do it.
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Old Nov 21, 2010, 4:27 PM   #5
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Great work Ira,

really like nr2

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I may get to like this HDR stuff after all. It does work in some situations as long as you don't over-do it.
completely agree with you here, it is also a great way of getting closer to the image we think we see.

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Old Nov 21, 2010, 5:29 PM   #6
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#2 is excellent! I've also found that what I get out of Photomatix is just the beginning - it tends to over-saturate certain colors and doesn't handle some things that well. However, it's alignment tool is excellent and (as you show here) the product can be manipulated very easily to give more realistic results. Very pretty scene, and one that a camera can't quite capture to match our mind's recollection.
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Old Nov 22, 2010, 3:38 PM   #7
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Nice sunset and great use of HDR. # 2 for me as well.

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Old Nov 22, 2010, 9:10 PM   #8
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Yes I love #2 - great job Ira.

I love HDR - even when the images it produces are not natural looking they offer something else. Sometimes reminds me of some of Hawkwind's / Vangelis' artistic album covers !
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Have done a little playing with HDR and usually don't like the results. But yours (especially the 2nd one) came out really fine!
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