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  1. #5591
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    cool action shot! lucky u!!! got to visit hawaii anymore?
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    - had Canon PowerShot S3 IS

    For some of my shots:http://flickr.com/photos/truflip/

  2. #5592
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    Quote Originally Posted by herc182 View Post
    HDR for sure. Used Corel paint shop pro X2.

    will post the three images i used to make it.
    I see now...the key is the "Clarify" adjustment that sets the two programs apart.

    How much do you normally use? I tried to get mine close to yours, and it seems you used somewhere around 60?

    My problem is after doing the Local Adaptation in CS3 the image is washed out and loses a lot of color. Until I boost the saturation and contrast the original +0 image looks the best by far. CS3 also makes my blue skies purple after the merge and I can't figure out why.

    I can't use .dng files in X2, I have to save them as .tif first - a minor inconvenience.

    One thing to be said though, is that the Alignment in CS3 is unbeatable. Far cleaner and sharper than even Corel X2. I'll have to play with these some more.
    Last edited by Visual Reality; 06-17-2008 at 05:34 PM.
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  3. #5593
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    your post is really depressing VR. cos it means that CS3 can do it very well which means that my photos must really suck os they look crap after my efforts. lol
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  4. #5594
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    No there is something about CS3 that takes more work to get them to look right...mine always look washed out. Something about the merge saps the life out of the photos...I don't think its you.
    Nikon D300 | Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 | Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm VR | Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 D | SB-600 | Lowepro Voyager C | Lowepro Slingshot 300 AW

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  5. #5595
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    if its any consolation, it happens with the optimal settings in Photomatix too (pix looking washed out) - its a necessity to go into another prog after the merge and do PP.
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  6. #5596
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    CS3 does the cleanest merge by far. If you flip back and forth between the originals and the merged file, you will notice it even shifts perspectives, changes distortion, etc. Basically whatever it had to do to line them up without artifacts, it did and it works better than any other program.

    But don't be afraid to boost the saturation back up big time - it will need it. The pics come out looking extremely flat, which isn't a problem with Corel.

    I have a pic to post but Photobucket is down at the moment...
    Nikon D300 | Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 | Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm VR | Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 D | SB-600 | Lowepro Voyager C | Lowepro Slingshot 300 AW

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  7. #5597
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    Quote Originally Posted by truflip View Post
    thanks fiasco. i believe they go for $420 USD last time I checked.
    mines the older model without the built in motor. I got it for $450 Canadian.

    I added you on flickR. I figured your photos are just what I need for inspiration. I'm currently exploring people photography (portraits, candids, etc..)
    Hope you dont mind
    I don't mind at all! And thanks for the kind words, I'm still exploring people photography myself, learning more each day. I love the look of the storm photo you posted, what did you do in post-processing on that shot?

    I may pick up one of those lenses, I need something with f/ 2.8 in it so I can let more light in.
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    It's a bird, it's plane... it's

    I thought about who I am... and realized I was an
    unformed, unreconciled imagery, without "GOD"


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  9. #5599
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    my sisters middle school graduation today.
    saying goodbye.



    more on my flickr.
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  10. #5600
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiasco View Post
    I don't mind at all! And thanks for the kind words, I'm still exploring people photography myself, learning more each day. I love the look of the storm photo you posted, what did you do in post-processing on that shot?

    I may pick up one of those lenses, I need something with f/ 2.8 in it so I can let more light in.
    You're doing fine with your 18-135mm though
    I bet the SB600 helps a lot. I've been so lazy but I think I might go get one tomorrow.

    The storm photo had mostly color point adjustments using Capture NX2. If I remember correctly, I did that for the sky (darkened, added contrast and increase radius) then did the dash board of the car (brightened, added contrast and a tad bit less saturation--) I also removed my rear view mirror (which stuck half of itself on the top right section of the photo) and lastly, i did a vignette by doing manual select then inverse and adjust levels (not really a vignette but it darkens the corners without blacking them out)

    Yep, sounds like a lotta work but CNX's colour control point is rather cool. no more HDR's for me

    The Tamron's definitely a good lens IMO. As with most lenses though, it tends to be slightly soft at f/2.8. Nothing big, apply some USM and it looks like you shot it at f/6.3
    BTW, thanks! I'm glad you liked the storm photo
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    - Sandisk 2GB Extreme III SD Card
    - Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home

    - had Canon PowerShot S3 IS

    For some of my shots:http://flickr.com/photos/truflip/

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