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Old Aug 17, 2006, 9:38 AM   #1
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these were taken in arizona at a scenic outlook on mt. lemmon at about 8000' elevation just before clouds started rolling in over the summit.

this is my first attempt at HDR with PSCS2. this was a very dreay day and the scene did not have much dynamic range in the first place.



here's a 4 image pano from the same spot. sorry about the size but in order to see it, it's got to be fairly large.



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Old Aug 17, 2006, 9:52 AM   #2
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actually i like this version using just one image better than the HDR.
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I didn't find the panoramic feature in PSCS2 that great.

Of all the stitch assist programs that I've tried, Smoky City's Panorama Factory is about the best:
http://www.panoramafactory.com/

This is one using the Pentax DA50-200mm stitching 3 images together - the final image size has been reduced to a width 1280 pixels to fit withing posing restrictions.

What's HDR?
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i think PS did an excellent stitch job.

HDR = high dynamic range. with photography the sensor or film can only record a given range of light. with HDR you can take several images of the same scene at different exposures and combine them to get more hi-lite and more shadow details. the scene i shot just wasn't a good one to use as it didn't have much range to start with,

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I haven't had much luck with Photomerge.

Here's a pano I made with Panorama Factory from 3 shots. I quite like it with the bend and you can't spot any of the joins.


For this second shot I used Hugin and Enblend.
I managed to fix the bend but it couldn't blend the sky aswell as PF could.




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HDR = high dynamic range. with photography the sensor or film can only record a given range of light. with HDR you can take several images of the same scene at different exposures and combine them to get more hi-lite and more shadow details.
Thanks for that - you learn something new every day.

This link explains the process very well:
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/hdr.shtml

I guess that to be done properly, a tripod should be used.
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CB,
luminous landscape is a great place for info. i've picked up some really good info there. the problem w/my image is it just didn't have much range in the first place. i'll try again this morning.


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i can't see any of the merges in my pano. PS does a great job as far as i'm concerned. you can also take the bend out using it.

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