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Mar 25, 2010 02:29 |  #1

A local metal band wanted me to do some shots for them and they like the gritty look of some of my HDR shots. I wouldn't normally turn to HDR for shooting people, but for these guys, I think it worked out...

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Mar 25, 2010 02:31 |  #2

cool back drop and i think the processing works although I wouldn't call it an HDR.


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Mar 25, 2010 03:07 |  #3

Hmmm... I'm curious. Why not?


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Mar 25, 2010 03:12 |  #4

anvilimage wrote in post #9866702 (external link)
Hmmm... I'm curious. Why not?

This would be "Tone Mapped" but not HDR...

You don't have a dynamic range in this image that really requires HDR.


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Mar 25, 2010 03:52 |  #5

HDR or not, it has a good look to it and fits it very well.


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Mar 25, 2010 09:35 |  #6

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #9866717 (external link)
This would be "Tone Mapped" but not HDR...

You don't have a dynamic range in this image that really requires HDR.

I agree. It doe's look good though.


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Mar 25, 2010 10:20 |  #7

Agree with Doug. Grunge look for a grunge band? :)


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Mar 25, 2010 12:25 |  #8

Thanks for your comments!

Whether you agree that it is HDR or not, the fact that it was indeed the result of a three image bracket (0,+2,-2) shot handheld, combined in Photomatix into a 32 bit image, tonemapped, further cleaned up in PS and fine tuned in Lightroom 2 is not withstanding.


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Mar 25, 2010 13:10 |  #9

The observation that the image is "not HDR" has more to do with the dynamic range of the scene versus the workflow that produced the image. You can take a bracketed set of exposures of a black wall in a dark room, combine those exposures in Photomatix, tonemap that data and do whatever you want to it. The scene did not contain the dynamic range that would require or benefit from the HDR concept - that does not mean that you cannot apply the HDR workflow, it just means that the image data was not HDR.

You could probably (I am guessing here) take your "0" (or best) exposure and, with a little tweaking in LR, run it through Photomatix and get the same, or similar, final image. You could probably just use that single exposure and tweak it in LR and PS and get the same result with some curves and local contrast boosts (HiRaLoAm USM, Clarity, High Pass). No biggie either way.

If you like your image, fantastic!

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Mar 25, 2010 18:55 |  #10

I'm curious too..

I understand what Kirk is saying, the effect used on the image above could probably be achieved with a single exposure..but surely how a picture looks doesn't change the fact that it is still a HDR image?


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Mar 25, 2010 18:59 |  #11

Gibbo wrote in post #9871380 (external link)
I'm curious too..

I understand what Kirk is saying, the effect used on the image above could probably be achieved with a single exposure..but surely how a picture looks doesn't change the fact that it is still a HDR image?

Depends on your definition of HDR...

Is it a technique, a process or a result?


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Mar 25, 2010 19:05 |  #12

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #9871407 (external link)
Depends on your definition of HDR...

Is it a technique, a process or a result?

well i suppose i'm asking the same question.. i thought i knew what it was.


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Mar 25, 2010 19:33 |  #13

The scene defines the dynamic range. How you capture the scene depends upon the device you use. If the scene's dynamic range can be captured in a single exposure, then it is likely not a "high dynamic range" scene given the typical dSLR's ability versus that of the human brain. Again, you could use hdr techniques to capture that same scene, but your capture strategy does not change the dynamic range of the scene. Sometimes, using hdr techniques "just because" actually will produce inferior results in a scene that does not require it, namely due to the artifacts introduced in the hdr combination process.

All that aside, if you like it, go for it.

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Mar 25, 2010 22:29 |  #14

I really like the look. Fits them perfectly. Not sure I'd of chosen the GG for the background, but maybe that's what they wanted. Still, it's a hot photo, though.


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Mar 26, 2010 12:41 |  #15

Beautiful example of a rock & roll image.
This should be acceptable to Rolling Stone, a CD cover, poster, etc.

Nicely done.

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