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May 09, 2012 00:46 |  #16

Canon_Shoe wrote in post #14402875 (external link)
Every Image is definitely different! I just used HDR on this photo out of necessity since the wind was blowing and the foliage in the foreground was moving during the 0 exposure. Used HDR for the foreground and then manually blended the background as the HDR version just looked kind of evil :) Not really a good example I guess since the natural image looks completely unreal due to the light conditions that happened here (some clouds in the valley/low cloud level/sun just below cloud level), and this valley in Kauai will just take your breath away in person, but HDR made it a usable image in this case

And what software did you use?


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May 09, 2012 08:20 |  #17

tonylong wrote in post #14403011 (external link)
And what software did you use?

I used CS5 Merge HDR Pro to combine the 3 images into a 32 bit file, then I just use the default tone mapping setting in Nik HDR Efex Pro. The default setting doesn't add any color, structure, contrast or anything which I like and it keeps the image realistic. After that, I blended in the background from the underexposed image in this case using CS5. The image still looks flat when you're done just like a RAW file so I treat it like a RAW file and process it through camera raw and do any corrections


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May 09, 2012 11:22 |  #18

Canon_Shoe - out of curiosity, what does the 0EV image look like? Can you post it?

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May 09, 2012 20:43 |  #19

I'll 2nd Luminance. I've been playing around with it a little lately.

Not as easy as Photomatix, but powerful and can't beat the price.


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May 09, 2012 20:45 |  #20

SNS-HDR Pro is my choice. I've used most of the top ones and SNS-HDR is my first choice.


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May 10, 2012 00:10 |  #21

kirkt wrote in post #14404888 (external link)
Canon_Shoe - out of curiosity, what does the 0EV image look like? Can you post it?

kirk

Here is the best I could do with the 0EV Image. Better than I thought actually......might try to blend the background from the -2EV exposure so the sky is not blown out and see how it looks in comparison to the HDR version :) This trip to Kauai has made me realize I need a GND filter since I'm after a more natural image. Lee filters are in the mail from BH Photo :D I use a gradient filter in CS5 but it doesn't do a whole lot of good if that portion is overexposed in the first place......better to get it right in camera I'd say


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May 10, 2012 00:43 |  #22

Canon_Shoe wrote in post #14408596 (external link)
Here is the best I could do with the 0EV Image. Better than I thought actually......might try to blend the background from the -2EV exposure so the sky is not blown out and see how it looks in comparison to the HDR version :) This trip to Kauai has made me realize I need a GND filter since I'm after a more natural image. Lee filters are in the mail from BH Photo :D I use a gradient filter in CS5 but it doesn't do a whole lot of good if that portion is overexposed in the first place......better to get it right in camera I'd say

and here's my first attempt at blending the -2EV exposure.......kind of liking it more than the HDR in this case, but much more color to play with in the HDR


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