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Dec 03, 2012 11:21 |  #1

I recently purchased Photomatix Essentials and have been playing around with it. I used a default setting with very little tweaking to put, what I think, is a very dramatic effect on these two shots of the Grand Canyon from last year.

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Dec 03, 2012 11:25 |  #2

Interesting colours, the horizons are off a tad though.


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Dec 03, 2012 11:40 |  #3

i like 2 best, i'd darken up that white area near the lower left




  
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Dec 03, 2012 13:02 |  #4

Photomatrix used to be pretty good, till the day i brought the nik HDR plugins, they work great in cs6, but you still got dramatic effects there though, nice one ;)


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Dec 03, 2012 13:06 |  #5

Thanks for your comments and suggestions. I had actually meant to straighten the horizons before posting and just forgot. I hope the lightening in #2 looks OK. I am somewhat color blind and am not the best at some changes. Here are my beat attempts:

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Dec 04, 2012 10:35 |  #6

My 2 cents - I think its too much, its one of these not natural looking HDR pics.


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Dec 04, 2012 13:17 |  #7

Everyone's 2 cents is valid. However, "natural" was about the last thing I was looking for. I have always been one of those people who thinks that "art" is very subjective.


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Dec 04, 2012 13:24 |  #8

I like the first one, it just needed some noise reduction.

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Dec 04, 2012 15:39 |  #9

Thanks, Dave. I actually had run it through NoiseWare (not this version of the photo) and still the version that is my wallpaper right now is the noisy version. I felt that the roughness was a part of the appeal to me.

One of my favorite painters is Ivan Albright. His paintings are like life captured in a hideous "Dave Hill" effect ( http://www.davehillpho​to.com/ (external link) ). Here is a link to his work: http://www.cegur.com/h​tml/frameAlbright.html (external link) , I guess I just appreciate a bit of a "different angle" on things once in a while.

I suppose this belonged more in "Still Life, B/W & Experimental"


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Dec 04, 2012 21:06 |  #10

The de-noised version socalrailfan shows above is definitely a better version. A bit on the "edge," but interesting none the less!


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Dec 04, 2012 22:47 |  #11

Great shots and the HDR created very dramatic effects. I will admit I like the de-noised version better, but the noisy one has nice artsy look.


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Dec 05, 2012 08:06 |  #12

LOL, OK, I will agree that de-noised is "better", but better in a subjective way. I am still keeping the noisy version on my wallpaper. Did any of you look at the Ivan Albright web site? He may not be my favorite artist, but he is up there and this probably says something about my taste.


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