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JJD.Photography
10th of October 2008 (Fri), 23:27
My VERy first HDR attempt:

1. (Disney Cruise last month - obviously not the Smokies... but my very first HDR attempt)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3072/2930104601_3bd890ce12.jpg?v=0

2. (Smokey Mountains - 2nd attempt at HDR)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3217/2930090043_6abcf0b6c3.jpg?v=0

3.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3251/2930948696_373babdf64.jpg?v=0

4.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3063/2930089699_abbb0d2f00.jpg?v=0

5.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3235/2930948502_77bcb58849.jpg?v=0

6.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3183/2930089983_4df2fa621f.jpg?v=0

Really can't see myself shooting landscapes no other way, even though I may tone them down for a more realistic look.

2-6 are from today either at Tallulah Falls or Smokey Mountains.

Thanks for any feedback!

td67mustang
10th of October 2008 (Fri), 23:29
I like 4 and 5 the best. 2 seems to blown out in the center, and 3 and 4 are over done for my liking.

JJD.Photography
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 00:12
I like 4 and 5 the best. 2 seems to blown out in the center, and 3 and 4 are over done for my liking.

Thanks for the feedback!

I was thinking number 3 & 6 were a little over done where 4 is barely touched.

Thanks for posting :D

Here is one more I forgot to post:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3188/2931036480_60b401b8d0.jpg?v=0

canonloader
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 05:56
I like all of them, especially the cruise ship, but they could be bigger. You got some great fall colors down there too. :)

CameraBuff
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 22:52
I think it's time for you to purchase photomatix; without the watermark you have some great wall hangers in that group - well done!

JJD.Photography
12th of October 2008 (Sun), 00:45
I like all of them, especially the cruise ship, but they could be bigger. You got some great fall colors down there too. :)

Thanks for the tip as I will be posting images a little larger. The colors here in the Smokies are AWESOME right now!

I think it's time for you to purchase photomatix; without the watermark you have some great wall hangers in that group - well done!

I am absolutely lovin' AEB mode and HDR! So much that I decided to upgrade to the full version ;) Thanks for the comment!

Here are some from today. The trees are so vibrant right now, I love it!! A little larger to show the detail.

8.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3213/2933790282_8954c7f574_o.jpg

9.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3069/2932933435_809faf0dbe_o.jpg

10.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3004/2933790450_e51c29c96a_o.jpg

Thanks again for the feedback :D

canonloader
12th of October 2008 (Sun), 04:48
Wow, these last three are great too. I haven't tried with people yet. :)

zacker
12th of October 2008 (Sun), 08:34
totally awesome... why is the girl in #10 shooting her hand? lol, lol,lol... is that youre wife? g/f? if so i am so jelouse... shes into photography, i wish my wife was, it sure would make Hiking easier..lol i wanna keep stopping to shoot and she's practically running through the woods!!! lol

JJD.Photography
12th of October 2008 (Sun), 10:05
Wow, these last three are great too. I haven't tried with people yet. :)

Thanks again! Keep steady throughout the shots and there should be no problem having someone in the HDR shot.

totally awesome... why is the girl in #10 shooting her hand? lol, lol,lol... is that youre wife? g/f? if so i am so jelouse... shes into photography, i wish my wife was, it sure would make Hiking easier..lol i wanna keep stopping to shoot and she's practically running through the woods!!! lol

We got a kick out of your post :D She is indeed my gf and very much into photography like myself. We once talked about being with our families and stopping to shoot and how they would get upset because of the constant stopping, lol. That is no longer an issue when we're together as we spent 8 hours driving 60 miles one way up the Blue Ridge Parkway snapping photos. Fun times!!

As for shooting her hand, lol.... she is actually adjusting the circular polarized filter on the lens ;)

Thanks for posting & you have some very nice work on flickr!!

Here is one more shot of her in action from yesterday:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3246/2933934835_55d407d732_o.jpg

Kronie
14th of October 2008 (Tue), 15:53
#3 is my fave from you first post.

spcalan
17th of October 2008 (Fri), 11:25
Exacly what is HDR, and how is is accomplished.
These shots are very awesome and I Would love to re-create..
( please give me the step-by-step instructions ).

yanz
17th of October 2008 (Fri), 14:04
Really great work! I really like 1 from the first set and last one from the second set.

Keep up the great work!

zacker
18th of October 2008 (Sat), 06:44
Exacly what is HDR, and how is is accomplished.
These shots are very awesome and I Would love to re-create..
( please give me the step-by-step instructions ).

go to the photomatix site, they have a good description .. then google free hdr software, there are a few around. or buy Photomatix and use that...try their free trial version first, to get yer feet wet. good luck

CameraBuff
18th of October 2008 (Sat), 14:07
That log cabin is awesome.

JJD.Photography
18th of October 2008 (Sat), 20:00
#3 is my fave from you first post.

That is one of the images I will be working on again. I plan to tone it down quite a bit to lose the "fantasy" look. Thanks for posting.

Exacly what is HDR, and how is is accomplished.
These shots are very awesome and I Would love to re-create..
( please give me the step-by-step instructions ).

Google "HDR" or "High Dynamic Range". But be prepared to be hooked ;)

go to the photomatix site, they have a good description .. then google free hdr software, there are a few around. or buy Photomatix and use that...try their free trial version first, to get yer feet wet. good luck

Yes, give the free version a shot!!

That log cabin is awesome.


Thank you :)

Another view from the cabin during sunrise:

12.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3026/2951613340_8d7795f5c7_o.jpg

Thanks again for all the feedback!

spcalan
21st of October 2008 (Tue), 12:54
Can HDR be done in CS2?

canonloader
21st of October 2008 (Tue), 13:10
I know there is a plugin from Photomatix to run in CS2. In CS3 they say you can do HDR in it, but the results are a lot different than what Photomatix puts out. Look in File/Automate/Merge to HDR. I can't remember if CS2 has it or not. I don't think so.

Bill Pham
21st of October 2008 (Tue), 13:45
i don't know they all look great to me. much better than any one of my attempt so far.

Bill

JJD.Photography
12th of November 2008 (Wed), 20:40
Anyone else notice the two faces in #9 (above the tunnel). There is a man with one eye open wide looking to his left and a woman above him looking across to the right :confused:

-Douglas-
13th of November 2008 (Thu), 00:25
didn't notice anything but the excellent quality of theses shots :)

Avi
14th of November 2008 (Fri), 23:37
wow...you've captured some amazing shots...love the later part of the series..

thanks for sharing

Avi

mzondeki
20th of November 2008 (Thu), 02:59
Any user of fotoxx ?? Its an HDR software, and the best part is its Free!! yes, you wont get that "photomatix" watermarks on your images. I tried, it works great.
(on Linux Only )
http://kornelix.squarespace.com/fotoxx/