Jason L wrote in post #10027743
Oops...wrong image uploaded. That is indeed a multiple exposure HDR, but I was playing with the sliders, contrast etc. I am trying to nail down the basics, composition wasn't the main goal here. As far as the ghosting going on with the sun, I assume that can be fixed using layers in photoshop? The sun was sinking like a rock.
This image is the one I intended to upload.
Sorry for wasting everyone's time...I guess that is what the preview post button is for
Ok, first off I'll ask what program are you using to make these images in? I'm guessing Photomatix since it's the most popular and you mentioned sliders.
I don't have a huge amount of experience with that program mainly because I don't like the results it forces upon me, so I do all my sunset shots blending exposures manually in Photoshop. This offers you much more control over every aspect, but it takes more time.
In terms of the last two images you posted, they're better but still not what a full on HDR image should be. The range of light isn't great enough, and your foreground area (minus the overexposed pond) is underexposed and lacking as much detail as it should.
That pond shouldn't be that bright. It should match the sky since that's what it's reflecting. If anything it should be a tad darker, but not brighter.
Are you shooting multiple exposures using AEB? When I shoot sunsets I usually use my 3-stop hard edge GND AND I shoot 3 exposures too - +2, 0, -2. Why? Well, why the hell not!? Gives me more control over the final image, but offers me the best possible base layer to start with too.
Anyways, I have to go so I hope this helps for now.