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Aug 19, 2011 21:48 |  #1

I originally posted this in the HDR forum, but thought maybe I'd get some helpful feedback here.

Please ignore the Photomatix watermark and the sensor dust!

Took some photos while visiting Santa Barbara a month or two ago. I'm still learning this process, but thought they were kind of interesting.

What could I do better next time?

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Aug 19, 2011 22:01 |  #2

The tree looks mildly interesting.

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Aug 20, 2011 07:06 as a reply to  @ Woodworker's post |  #3

Not very compelling images, but the cars are cool, though. Also need to clean your sensor (and work on a better logo :D ).


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Aug 20, 2011 17:24 |  #4

As mentioned above, the images are not very compelling. The subject matter is not all that interesting, and the composition is poor (work on this). To be perfectly honest, I'm quite (and pleasantly) surprised that these are not rainbow vomit HDR images.

@Argyle, that "watermark" is not OP's - it's the mandatory watermark as applied by the demo/trial version of Photomatix.


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Aug 20, 2011 18:28 |  #5

Nomofica wrote in post #12969223 (external link)
As mentioned above, the images are not very compelling. The subject matter is not all that interesting, and the composition is poor (work on this). To be perfectly honest, I'm quite (and pleasantly) surprised that these are not rainbow vomit HDR images.

@Argyle, that "watermark" is not OP's - it's the mandatory watermark as applied by the demo/trial version of Photomatix.

I'm well aware of that, hence the ":D" in my post...


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Aug 20, 2011 18:36 |  #6

The HDR part of the photos is very good IMHO. Most people abuse HDR. The result is often "rainbow vomit" - I like that expression, Nomofica! :) :)


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Aug 20, 2011 20:03 |  #7

I like HDR that is not "overcooked", "rainbow vomit", etc and these are pretty good HDR wise. As far as subject matter is concerned, they're lacking a bit. I do like the tree (not the angle you shot it so much). The old Chevy looks a bit strange... Focusing, merging files, I don't know. Looks a bit blurry to me.

Nice start to the HDR though. Try and find more worthy of subjects for HDR. I think you're on the right track with the cars.


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Aug 21, 2011 10:44 |  #8

CameraMan wrote in post #12969844 (external link)
I like HDR that is not "overcooked", "rainbow vomit", etc and these are pretty good HDR wise. As far as subject matter is concerned, they're lacking a bit. I do like the tree (not the angle you shot it so much). The old Chevy looks a bit strange... Focusing, merging files, I don't know. Looks a bit blurry to me.

Nice start to the HDR though. Try and find more worthy of subjects for HDR. I think you're on the right track with the cars.

No Chevy's in these pics. If I remember my cars from my younger days, the taxi is a Checker Marathon...large and built like a tank. I agree about the vehicles being a good subject for HDR...generally, these types of subjects lend themselves well to pushing the HDR processing a bit. These are just in need of more suitable locations...


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Aug 21, 2011 11:03 |  #9

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No Chevy's in these pics.

What kind of car is that 3rd one? It looks like it has the same arrow design as the old 57 Chevy. I know Cadillac also has that arrow design. Maybe it's a Cadillac. Definitely a GM. It's hard to read what it is on the side.


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Aug 21, 2011 13:34 |  #10

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What kind of car is that 3rd one? It looks like it has the same arrow design as the old 57 Chevy. I know Cadillac also has that arrow design. Maybe it's a Cadillac. Definitely a GM. It's hard to read what it is on the side.

Cadillac...looks like a 1959 Sedan de Ville.


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Aug 21, 2011 16:46 |  #11

I agree the the HDR is nicely (subtley) done.

The first one would look better without the lamp post cut through on the left hand edge i reckon.


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Aug 23, 2011 10:18 |  #12

im not seeing what the hdr did? i think this same affect can be done with a regular PP. try pushing the stops further


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Aug 23, 2011 14:53 |  #13

Bryan Grant Photography wrote in post #12984493 (external link)
im not seeing what the hdr did? i think this same affect can be done with a regular PP. try pushing the stops further

Good (IMO) HDR should not be readily noticeable. It should be subtle and more natural looking, as OP has done.


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Aug 23, 2011 22:59 |  #14

Thank you all for the feedback.

Yes, the compositions could have been better. I didn't have a tripod with me for any of these, so I had to stabilize myself with whatever was available. This meant I wasn't really able to be where I would have liked to have been.

Other HDR's I've seen are VERY sharp and mine seem a little soft. I'm wondering if it was because I didn't use a tripod? Also, it seems it is nearly impossible to get a sharp image when trying to do this when the photo trees or plants since the breeze moves the leaves in between exposures. Is this the case? Is HDR more intended for stationary objects?

Thanks again for the constructive criticism!


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Aug 23, 2011 23:09 |  #15

Not too bad. Some people go way too far with the HDR effect and I think you balanced that well. You just need to really work on the composition of the image (rule of thirds, better cropping etc...)


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