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  1. #2371
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    A900 w/ Sigma 28-90mm 3 exposures -2EV, 0EV and +2EV merged to HDR via PhotoMatix and post-processing in PS
    Darin Wessel
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  2. #2372
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    I really do have to try out HDR techniques. I need a longer day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peekayoh View Post
    I really do have to try out HDR techniques. I need a longer day.
    There are a lot of them, and I've been learning that each of the different programs and their tone mapping algorithms render different looking images. In my novice HDR opinion having seen what the different programs can do, I would say the all around best are FDRTools and PhotoMatix.

    FDRTools does a spectacular job rendering details but falls short in other areas such as skys. It tends to emphasize reds. It also tends to do a really good job when you have movement in your bracketed exposures, e.g. water movement.

    PhotoMatix does a very good job overall, but does not render the details quite as well as FDRTools. Skys and clouds are one of its strongest suits.

    One of the solutions is an HDR merge of HDR images or a simple layering/blending of two HDR images through PS.

    It is very easy to go over the top with the effects, but sometimes an image that looks like a painting or even a cartoon does the trick. I've found it more difficult to get the image to have the benefits of HDR while maintaining that truly realistic look. One of the solutions I have yet to try is a merge of the HDR image with the original 0EV exposure in PS. This technique is supposed to help improve the "realism" of the image.
    Darin Wessel
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    Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
    Minolta RC-1000 remote commander

    Film:
    Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
    YashikaMat 6x6 TLR (other accessories)
    Minolta Maxxum 7000 w/ Minolta 35-80mm f/4-5.6 & Minolta 2800 flash
    Minolta Maxxum 5000i & Vivitar 728 AFM flash
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  4. #2374
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    Thanks for those pointers, Darin.
    I think the main reason I haven't bothered with HDR is that the images normally exhibited look pretty unnatural.
    Don't get me wrong, some of them are interesting but hardly photographic.
    HDR is essentially a way to extend the limited dynamic range of the camera, a good thing, but as usual people find ways to corrupt the original purpose (not necessarily bad).

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    Well ... as with anything, there are "limit-pushers" ... and that is not within the scope you are looking for, Peter.

    HDR, if done properly, can literally save an image in ways people should not even notice (unless they are trying to spot it). The results are a real "solid" looking photograph, in my opinion, where the changes are so subtle and superior, all you get is an astounding looking image, technically better than Mother Nature can pull off, in her infinite wisdom.

    One of the things they are stressing in school is how to make improvements to an image without revealing that it was ever necessary. The "perfect mistake", I guess.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 04-22-2010 at 03:12 PM.
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Well he is driving......................
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    Quote Originally Posted by SONYNUT View Post
    Well he is driving......................
    Thats too funny. Check out this link I heard this on the radio.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...car-drunk.html

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    Naples Pier

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    Last edited by sparkie1263; 04-22-2010 at 06:42 PM.
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

  9. #2379
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    what bullshit...ARE THEY GOING TO ARREST EVERY KID FOR NOT HAVING A LICENSE???

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    Bath Time

    Sometimes you just need a bath ...
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    A900 w/ Sigma 28-90mm
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    Darin Wessel
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    Zooms: Tamron SP AF70-200mm f2.8 Di LD Macro; Sigma 28-90mm D macro, Konica-Minolta 18-70 f3.5-5.6
    Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
    Minolta RC-1000 remote commander

    Film:
    Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
    YashikaMat 6x6 TLR (other accessories)
    Minolta Maxxum 7000 w/ Minolta 35-80mm f/4-5.6 & Minolta 2800 flash
    Minolta Maxxum 5000i & Vivitar 728 AFM flash
    What's next???

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