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Old 11th of April 2009 (Sat)   #1
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Just finished post on this image. Its a 5 stop HDR image. The "proper exposure":



and the after:



Thanks to all that helped with the image.

(Note: Removed sensor dust after posting.)

Thoughts appreciated!
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Great shot - looks very nice. I see someone took the trash out.
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I see the shot and want to ask what's the lighting setup. Very nice HDR.
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Very nice.. Works well.
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Great shot - looks very nice. I see someone took the trash out.
Yes. Thanks for catching that. That would have been one of those "NOOOOOO!!!!!!" moments!

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I see the shot and want to ask what's the lighting setup. Very nice HDR.
Just the sun. The grass camera left was worked hard in Lightroom 2, the lots of dodging and burning in photoshop.

I think I had 22 layers, but layer management isn't my specialty.
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Great job.
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So heres the funny thing.

I posted this in the real estate flickr group -- and they tore it up! The general concensus was that the shadow looked like an oil stain. So I cloned it out, worked on the grass some.

Here we are:

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^^^That is a very good result you have there Matt. I definitely like it better without the shadows that were cast across the drive and grass.
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Helluva job Matt...

Really well done.
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Great work on the last image (all of them of course).
I agree somewhat that the shadow did look unreal in the second image because there was no reference of a shadow on the grass. Last one is winner to me

Edit: something shadowy is still peeking through between the branches at the bottom center

Did you ever attempt making a bracket over multiple times of day to remove shadows?
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^^^That is a very good result you have there Matt. I definitely like it better without the shadows that were cast across the drive and grass.
Thanks Jeremy.

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Great work on the last image (all of them of course).
I agree somewhat that the shadow did look unreal in the second image because there was no reference of a shadow on the grass. Last one is winner to me

Did you ever attempt making a bracket over multiple times of day to remove shadows?
You know, I haven't, but its an intriguing idea. On these shots, I was actually waiting for the sun to get high enough to ditch the shadows, but the new homeowners showed up to move in! So, I got what I had.
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Wow, awesome job!!!
Really, what a difference, very very well done!
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So heres the funny thing.

I posted this in the real estate flickr group -- and they tore it up! The general concensus was that the shadow looked like an oil stain. So I cloned it out, worked on the grass some.
The issue for me is... Are those anal flickr schmucks more concerned about marketing real estate or making impossibly perfect pictures? I think the shadow (in your first HDR version) has no negative impact on the picture at all and in fact, helps the photo retain some sense of reality. HDR real estate photos, if overdone, can start to look more like architectural artist's renderings than photos.
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Interesting comment. There is a bit of "unrealism" in the group over there -- the sense being that each shot needs to be Arch Digest ready to be effective is quite prevalent.

When it gets right to it, fast and clean is just as important, especially when you have 24 hours to turn and burn.
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Interesting comment.
Another point of interest is that the staff photographers at the company I work for (an internationally ranked real estate group) do not do HDR photos. We simply don't offer it as a fee based service. The agents are free of course to use whatever photographer they like and many use private real estate photographers who do nothing but HDR work. Some are very subtle but some produce pictures that look like fantasyland paintings.
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