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First try at HDR...

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by Barcroft, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. Barcroft

    Barcroft

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    I got these the other day at the Bellagio. While things should get better with time, these satisfy my initial hopes.

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  2. airmotive

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    What program are you using?
    Also, how do you shoot a turning waterwheel and HDR? I thought it involved combining 3+ seperate photos.
     

  3. nipperwolf

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    :shocked: :shocked: :shocked:

    No offense, but these don't look anything like HDR. The third one, maybe a little.

    They look more like more like shots that you lighten shadows/darken highlights, and then 'over saturated' them.

    The first two have an 'animated' look to them.
     
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    There is a raging discussion on what HDR is. It started as a clever approach to compensate for a rather shallow dynamic range of many digital cameras. By using multiple exposures one was able to supply missing details in blown highlights and burned shadows.

    Then, by exaggerating its effects, people started pushing it in an all new direction, until it became a new form, like pictorialism perhaps. That is what many refer to as HDR these days, and it is likely that which Barcroft is referring to.
     
  5. nipperwolf

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    :thumbsup:
     
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    Some people shoot one perfectly exposed image then bump the exposure up and down in PS. Then they combine those three.
     
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    That's possible as long as the highlights and shadows are not beyond the 1-2 stop latitude that most raw will have. If the contrast is higher than that, then you will have to perhaps choose whether you want to save the highlights or the shadows (depending on which direction you exposed), but not both. That's why it is sometimes advantageous to bracket a couple or more stops in each direction to give yourself more flexibility.

    Still, I use the method you described quite frequently to recover highlights if I can. I am usually too lazy to bracket, and the situation may also be too dynamic to lend itself to bracketing and overlaying.
     
  8. Barcroft

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    Thanks for all the good input.
    There were three separate shots for each one done at -2, 0, and +2. As the rules at Bellagio won't allow a tripod, (it was really busy that day) all were hand held. This also explains the "turning water wheel".
    The program used was Photomatix, and the final "tuning" was in CS3. Of course, opinions of the output are quite subjective when using HDR.
    I don't claim to be an HDR expert, just an enthusiastic hobbyist, hoping to improve over time, and appreciating any suggestions to make that happen.
    Thanks again, everyone.

    Here are the SOOC (0) originals, for comparison purposes:

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