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First Train, and first HDR attempt

 
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Oct 16, 2015 17:44 |  #1

This HDR train shot is probably way over the top as an HDR goes, but I figured my first HDR should be over the top. This engine (I assume that's what train buffs call it) is a real work-horse moving fuel cars to and from a depot I pass daily on my way to and from work.

I forgot my tripod this day, so I had to find 3 images with nearly identical POV, so
my choices were limited. I know it needs more work, but it's only a 3 image HDR, with -1, 0 +1 stops of bracketing. Next time I'll try 1 1/2 or 2 stops of bracketing to get more dark information in there.

What do you think?

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Oct 16, 2015 18:00 |  #2

Pretty cool, I like it!


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Oct 17, 2015 03:02 |  #3

Pretty neat but the only thing that really bugs me in the power lines. Maybe try editing those out??




  
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Oct 17, 2015 04:52 |  #4

HDR: an excellent way to ruin a good picture.


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Oct 17, 2015 05:54 |  #5

john crossley wrote in post #17748842 (external link)
HDR: an excellent way to ruin a good picture.

Man, you got that right. HDR.....How to Definitly Ruin

Sorry, Steve....this one is a real miss for me. The colors all look muddy and sort of run together and detail on the trucks is gone.


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Oct 17, 2015 08:21 |  #6

I agree that this is a fine example of what not to do. But I'm willing to post my miStaKEs here, too, in the hope that someone might learn from them. ; )


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Oct 17, 2015 10:20 |  #7

I'll tell you what I really like about it, that is the composition! Sure, we like getting rid of power lines (I don't mess with PSE, I have my daughter do it if it's really needed, I just do LR for now). You certainly didn't make it easy for yourself having no tripod, but thank you for posting and allowing the critique. We all learn from this. I've yet to do that even after being here for about 4 years. ;)

Stevecan, just an fyi if you don't know the term "trucks" used earlier. It is the structure or framework that holds the wheels on a locomotive or car.


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Oct 18, 2015 00:35 |  #8

Wow, I got more constructive criticism than I thought I would, some harsher than I thought, but it's all good. I knew it was over the top, and since I posted in transportation instead of HDR, I expected some push back. Thought I would post one of the original shots (it was the center of the bracketed shots, so closest to proper exposure, though probably still 1/2 of a stop too much judging by the cloud blowout.

Here's the original:

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/yYBM​2p  (external link) Train Engine _mg_8394 (external link) by Steven Lehning (external link), on Flickr

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Oct 18, 2015 02:57 |  #9

stevecan wrote in post #17749928 (external link)
Wow, I got more constructive criticism than I thought I would, some harsher than I thought, but it's all good. I knew it was over the top, and since I posted in transportation instead of HDR, I expected some push back. Thought I would post one of the original shots (it was the center of the bracketed shots, so closest to proper exposure, though probably still 1/2 of a stop too much judging by the cloud blowout.

Here's the original:

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/yYBM​2p  (external link) Train Engine _mg_8394 (external link) by Steven Lehning (external link), on Flickr


No that is much better. Why do you think the clouds are blown out?


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Oct 18, 2015 08:28 |  #10

I like this one much better, & the forum histogram (hold your pointer over the lower-right corner) doesn't indicate a blown sky.


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Oct 18, 2015 08:30 |  #11

What ever you do don't post a selective color version of this image :p


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Oct 18, 2015 14:10 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #12

Even if the selective color is yellow? Don't worry I wouldn't dare. The cloud above the "birdcage" is blown out, might not look like it on histogram, but it had no info left which is why it is flat white. Must be my photoshopping pushed it back from the right edge a bit.

Thanks for all the comments,

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