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First HDR attempt, Sunset CC please

 
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Apr 19, 2010 08:47 |  #1

I attempted my first HDR tonight. I like realistic HDR images, and I tried my best to replicate the the scene as I saw it. This is a blend of 6 exposures, but afterwords I think I could have achieved the same result with 3. I am looking forward to trying HDR on a scene with more dynamic range.

New photographer and very new to HDR, so any pointers are greatly appreciated!

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Apr 19, 2010 16:44 |  #2

This looks like a single exposed shot for the sky and nothing else. Not even remotely close to being HDR.

If it was HDR, then you'd have shot an exposure for the foreground, ocean, and sky and blended them together to make one perfectly exposed photo, but what you have is the FG, and ocean, underexposed, with the sky exposed well.


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Apr 19, 2010 17:13 as a reply to  @ MrGreen's post |  #3

It is a nice image but a bit over saturated for my taste.


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Apr 19, 2010 18:45 |  #4

Nice image.. but I agree with mrgreen.. why isnt the foreground exposed well?? How did you do this??


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Apr 19, 2010 21:59 as a reply to  @ 007's post |  #5

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 :oops:


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Apr 19, 2010 22:55 as a reply to  @ Jason L's post |  #6

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I am used to using GND filters for sunsets, but I have seen some awesome images using HDR. So any pointers and critiques are more than welcome.

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Apr 20, 2010 11:15 |  #7

Jason L wrote in post #10027743 (external link)
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 :oops:

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.


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Apr 20, 2010 11:44 as a reply to  @ MrGreen's post |  #8

Thanks for taking the time to reply.

The above images were taken at -2 -1 0 1 2 exposure. Processed in photomatix. I dislike this program, but in all honesty I have taken very little time learning it. I am much more comfortable with Photoshop, but I am waiting until cs5 is released to pick up a copy. Lightroom and photomatix are my only options at the moment.

I thought hdr would be fun to play with, but I think I will go back to my gnd filter until I can get cs5. Once exams are over, I'll have more time to research.


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Apr 22, 2010 11:01 |  #9

You can get nice results from Photomatix, but IMO it takes way more time to do so than just doing it in PS. For me I can blend the exposures needed in a matter of minutes, whereas Photomatix will give you this muddy, noisy, non-sharp result still requires further processing afterwards.


I like doing it all within one program and file if I can.

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Thanks for taking the time to reply.

The above images were taken at -2 -1 0 1 2 exposure. Processed in photomatix. I dislike this program, but in all honesty I have taken very little time learning it. I am much more comfortable with Photoshop, but I am waiting until cs5 is released to pick up a copy. Lightroom and photomatix are my only options at the moment.

I thought hdr would be fun to play with, but I think I will go back to my gnd filter until I can get cs5. Once exams are over, I'll have more time to research.


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