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    So I took everything I learned the other day from my first attempt at HDR (btw, thanks for the feedback everybody), and went out today with my newfound knowledge and, well, I'm pretty happy with my progress...



    Still much to learn here, but I am definitely getting more comfortable with it.





    Don't want to bog down the page, so there are more

    here (1)



    here (2)



    here (3)



    here (4)



    and here (5).


    I am learning that subject matter is key for this stuff.

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    Alright. That's the kinds of results I've been trying to get, but can't seem to home in on.

    Mind posting the step-by-steps?
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    I pretty much followed the Stuck in Customs tutorial, though his quick pass over the tonemapping didn't do justice to the importance of it. That was where I found the good stuff that made the images work. Getting used to the controls is key. He is correct when he says there is no "right way" of doing the tonemapping, but I would add to that that there is also no easy way. But finally getting comfortable with the obscure control-set and the very minimal reference that came with it was a big help.

    But I can not stress what I think is the most important part of HDR (he says in his all knowing "I've been doing this for two whole days" voice.)... Subject matter. I started thinking in terms of the Zone System, and when I did the results were almost always more favorable. When I saw this shot, I was able to identify with my eye almost every step in the Zone, even though the camera could only get 3 or 4 at a time regardless of exposure. But knowing the whole gamut was represented, I felt good about what my HRD results would be.
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    Some from today's trip to the Arboretum. I was there from 9am until almost 2pm, and I still didn't see the whole thing! The place is awesome! Crappy drizzly weather this morning, but it was really surprisingly good for picture-taking. No people/diffused sunlight, etc.

    Some macro stuff first. These were made really fun by all the water.









    Some other stuff...









    The rest here.
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    Nice! The Arboretum is good stuff.

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    Nice stuff FBJ, especially the macro shots. I like the water droplets with the soft lighting. Makes me think of a spring rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeaderFan View Post
    I like the water droplets with the soft lighting. Makes me think of a spring rain.
    That's pretty much what it was all morning long, yesterday.

    BTW, the D3 is just like that Canada goose. It literally just sheds the water. I'd brought towels with me just-in-case, and the only reason I even used them was to dry things off before a lens change. It is definitely an all-weather tool. It's just sealed that well.
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    Is it:

    A) As-shot
    B) HDR
    C) Just Plain Ugly

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    That's pretty much what it was all morning long, yesterday.

    BTW, the D3 is just like that Canada goose. It literally just sheds the water. I'd brought towels with me just-in-case, and the only reason I even used them was to dry things off before a lens change. It is definitely an all-weather tool. It's just sealed that well.
    well... don't go pouring applesauce on it or anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeShootsNScores View Post
    well... don't go pouring applesauce on it or anything.
    Heh. That dude is NUTS!! Did you see his drop test?? I just about crapped a purple Twinkie when i saw that!

    Even though this thing is sealed up tighter than a duck's arse, I'm not going to do anything crazy with it. If it had gotten any wetter out there yesterday, I would have packed it in. As it was, it was just a light pfzptpfztping of rain.
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