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Old Oct 13, 2009, 5:41 AM   #1
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Default HDR : Pond - Archive shot from Sep; First HDR made

Found my first HDR I made. I made it about a week before the HDR shots I already posted here.

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And as promised in another thread :
Posting the +/- 0 shot.

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Old Oct 13, 2009, 5:57 AM   #2
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Im glad you said this was your first HDR and not your latest. It didnt work for me. Your highlights have detail, but the shadows are too black. The pic is one of those over the top harsh ones that doesnt look right to me. While many individual parts work, such as the stump, water treatment and the sky in the background, they are too contrasty. I can see the pic is not that great to begin with. The grass is very patchy with bright green and yellow and draws attention that maybe something isnt right. Since the puddle is the main subject I would think about cropping out the background line of trees. Their tops are cut off anyway and the pic looks more complete to me without them. So cropping at the base of the hydro pole seems the place.
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Old Oct 13, 2009, 6:36 AM   #3
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Thanks very much for the critique mate
As said, this was my first and I think it's nice that my HDR's gotten better at least, hehe
My fingers is really hungry for pulling this into Photomatix now and maybe fix it up a bit.
(This was done with 9 photos. And Photoshop CS4, not Photomatix BTW)

EDIT : Eh, ok, so this is what I got from using Photomatix. Wow...difference



Main changes: Saturation, Details, LIGHTING LOL
This was my first Photomatix use, so sorry if I've made a real hash of it all Photomatix is a bit hard to adjust settings in... The finished product differs from the preview in-program so much it feels like my eyesight goes from 90+ to teenager, LOL.
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Ah now thats more like it. Not so harsh. A little too light, but thats easily fixed with a bit of exposure in Photoshop.
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acapulco have you tried easy hdr?
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easy hdr.. No, never.. I only used Photoshop CS4, and I tried Dynamic-Photo HDR once or twice.
I'll check out easy HDR... have you tried it?
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yeah i have it mate .... quite cheap .... more natural looking results wouldnt guess so with my shots though LOL
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