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Sep 01, 2012 19:39 |  #1

Hi all,

I am really just getting started in dSLR photography and wanted to give some HDR landscape photos a try.

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I am not overly pleased with the result, but was hoping to get some feedback. The photos were taken with the camera balanced on a rock. I think this is what led to the lack of sharp focus throughout.

Do you have any suggestions on compact tripods? Ideal length when closed is around 16-18 inches.

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Sep 02, 2012 01:02 |  #2

Would also depend on F stop used, the hdr bit is not overdone. As for the tripod have a look at the Velbon Sherpa 500 series, light but sturdy and can be used low/high level also the legs have multi position.




  
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Sep 02, 2012 10:50 |  #3

nice shot, like the color/perspective. i'd turn down the HDR a little bit, the clouds look over cooked




  
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Sep 02, 2012 18:08 |  #4

rick_reno wrote in post #14937923 (external link)
nice shot, like the color/perspective. i'd turn down the HDR a little bit, the clouds look over cooked

Thank you. I agree with the cloud comment, as well. I will keep practicing.


paul-t wrote in post #14936871 (external link)
Would also depend on F stop used, the hdr bit is not overdone. As for the tripod have a look at the Velbon Sherpa 500 series, light but sturdy and can be used low/high level also the legs have multi position.

I had f/9 set with 1/60 exposure. The rock wasn't the most stable of things to use as a base.

Also, I reviewed the Velbon Sherpa 555R. It meets all requirements perfectly, except I am concerned over the rated load capacity. Is 3kg sufficient?


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Sep 02, 2012 18:15 |  #5

Did you sharpen during PP? AT least to my eyes, I'm not noticing a lot of camera shake or softness. I think the HDR might be robbing you of some detail.


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Sep 02, 2012 18:23 |  #6

Laramie wrote in post #14939470 (external link)
Did you sharpen during PP? AT least to my eyes, I'm not noticing a lot of camera shake or softness. I think the HDR might be robbing you of some detail.

Processing apart from the HDR was minimal. The main area I notice the detail loss is in the leafs on the left hand side. Everything else seems to be quite crisp.


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Sep 02, 2012 18:28 |  #7

Was the wind blowing? Is this a single shot tone-mapped or 3 bracketed shots?


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Sep 02, 2012 18:33 as a reply to  @ Laramie's post |  #8

It is a three shot overlay.
There wasn't much wind, but with three shots, although rapid there would be some differences. Is this where you were heading?


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Sep 02, 2012 18:35 |  #9

Yes, Just wondering if the ghosting is causing the lack of detail on the upper left side. Did you look closely at a single shot before merging to see if there's a difference?


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Sep 02, 2012 18:39 as a reply to  @ Laramie's post |  #10

No, I never really did closely examine the shots. I liked the view, had been reading a little about HDR photos, so decided to give a whirl.

Thanks for the help!


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Sep 02, 2012 18:50 |  #11

No probem. I've had the most trouble with small leaves in my HDRs. Just due to any little movement it will cause them to ghost and cause softness when you do the merge.


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Sep 02, 2012 22:45 |  #12

Hi there, I use the sherpa with a gripped 50d and lens up to my Canon 35-350 L with no problems. Just make sure you get a good head.




  
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Sep 03, 2012 03:41 |  #13

paul-t wrote in post #14940286 (external link)
Hi there, I use the sherpa with a gripped 50d and lens up to my Canon 35-350 L with no problems. Just make sure you get a good head.

Thanks, that would be the most I'd ever have on it.


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Sep 03, 2012 08:43 |  #14

Regardless of any scene movement issues, I think the HDR processing is way overdone.


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Sep 04, 2012 15:09 |  #15

digidiva wrote in post #14941434 (external link)
Regardless of any scene movement issues, I think the HDR processing is way overdone.

I appreciate your opinion. Any suggestions?


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