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Old Jun 15, 2011, 3:40 PM   #1
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Old Jun 15, 2011, 8:54 PM   #2
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I love the sky and the sun rays. However, to me this doesn't speak "extended dynamic range" all that much - can you post the middle exposure? Nik's HDR software is very nice, I really like it by the way. Whether the scene really captures extra dynamic range or not doesn't take away from the picture - I really like them!
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Harriet,

Thanks for your comment.

I can't post the middle exposure one, because it was generated from one picture.

This was just a test with NIK HDR Software. I had try different software with a single picture and so far Nik is the best. I need to save money to buy the hole set of tools.

I will try to do a bracketing with 3 different exposure and post for comments.
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I like them both, Armando.
They each give you a little different mood.
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GW,

Thanks for your comment. I also like them both, but I think they need more punch, and to do that, bracketing will do the job, and the picture will show more details.
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Old Jun 16, 2011, 3:37 PM   #6
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The trial version of Nik's software will work with bracketed shots - you just need to shoot something that has lots of dynamic range so you can see how each of the programs renders them. It'll give you a much better idea of its strengths and weaknesses than using a single shot like there, where the blacks are so clipped in the original there's not a lot to recover. Go out at lunchtime, when the light is really harsh and take pictures of a scene that includes both bright sunlight and dark shadows, bracket as many shots as you need to take to capture detail everywhere, then use the HDR software.

I own both photomatix and Nik's HDR Efex and will use both of them on occasion. Both work well, they each have their own strengths and weaknesses. I think I like Nik's software a bit better, enough so that I bought it after I had owned Photomatix for several years. But it doesn't align hand-held shots as well as photomatix does.

I don't use HDR/tonemapping for individual shots much, I prefer to use something else for improving a single picture. But that's just my preference.
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Very nice photos - such amazing skies!

Have you tried HDR with raw images? Just "develop" the raw at several different exposures to create the bracketed jpg files. Sometimes works well for me...
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Nice sky Armando,

I have been trying nik hdr, and it works great.

It looks like a hdr system I can understand. Not that it has less options than the other software.

One of the things most hdr can't is to compress the data of a 14bit shot into an 8bit area (tone compression), without making first 3 different exposures (in camera of later in software). This works real great with nik hdr.

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Only one negative thing on Nik --- they are to expensive.

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Ronny,

Thanks for your comment.

you got a Nice ceiling on that picture, I can see a clear difference in details.

Yes, the hole collection is expensive, but the technology they use, work really great with some pictures.

I am thinking on getting Viveza and Sharpener Pro.

Mole great idea, I will try tonight and post. I will look for a picture that shows more drama, and will see how it turn.

Looking forward for your comments on the picture i will post tonight.
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I'm not crazy about Sharpener Pro - I thought it was too easy to get the sharpening halo look with it. I LOVE Viveza, a wonderful program that can make an ordinary picture quite dramatic (or not as you want). I also love SilverEfex2, wasn't as crazy about the first version, but the current one is very useful.
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