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    Tractor HDR

    Here is my attempt at HDR again.

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    I have to admit, Frank ... I am seeing things in this image I just would not have "normally" seen in the original. LOL Blue tires?

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    LOL I give up. I am going to send you a link that says you can do a HDR from a single RAW file but I cannot get it to work. If you have time maybe you can tell me where I am going wrong.
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    I took the RAW file and processed it +2.00 and -2.00. They used Photomatrix and got this.

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    Looks like that image was much better off being left as a single capture, before this "HDR" butchering.

    If you want to do HDR the right way, you need to take at least 3 shots.
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    I know I butchered that HDR however I tried to work with the original image and I was not happy with that either.
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    Try going back at around sunset or sunrise when it's dim out. You gotta have a dynamic range to make it look good, otherwise a standard exposure looks best. HDR isn't quite the end all of the ideal exposure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr4gon View Post
    Try going back at around sunset or sunrise when it's dim out. You gotta have a dynamic range to make it look good, otherwise a standard exposure looks best. HDR isn't quite the end all of the ideal exposure.
    Depends on your processing.

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    How does the base image look? I would bet it's similar to what you got here, with blown out highlights in the background. You can get a decent HDR from a single exposure, but that first exposure needs to have a neutral exposure with equally blown out highlights and black darks.

    The first thing I would have done with this one is PP the original file: Set my WB(remove the blue tires and blue tinges in the grass). Set my Exposure compensation for about -1.5, and sharpen as needed. At that point I would have used that as my base exposure and processed for +/- EC at that point. Then I would have finally loaded the 3 exposures into photomatix. Do you have an original to post or a link to an original, I would like to give it a wack, this will improve my skills.
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    I don't agree...

    Quote Originally Posted by Visual Reality View Post
    Looks like that image was much better off being left as a single capture, before this "HDR" butchering.

    If you want to do HDR the right way, you need to take at least 3 shots.
    While I agree the best way to do HDR is with a tripod and multiple exposures, HDR can be done quite nicely from a single RAW exposure. Check out Delobbo's stuff in the "Picture of the Day" threads, a lot of it is very nicely done HDR using a single RAW exposure.
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