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    Quote Originally Posted by HeShootsNScores View Post
    I agree PM... its unpredictable as to what is going to come out. Plus I'm not crazy about CS3's merge to HDR tool... for some reason I just haven't gotten the hang of it yet.
    Yeah, I gave up on the CS3 merge action a long time ago and went ahead and did the plonk for Photomatix Pro. The tone mapping seems to be pretty essential.

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    looks like its time for me to go the photomatix route.....


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    I think it was $99. For $119 you get a tone mapping CS3 plug-in, but it's kinda lame. Could be handy in the future though.

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    Last one. I learned more about what not to do yesterday that what to do, I think. Not necessarily a bad thing. And I'm getting a feel for the files and how to encourage them to go one way or the other. I wouldn't call these results great by any stretch, but the process is interesting enough to pursue.

    But next time I think I'll shoot something other than foliage blowing in the wind with my manual-bracketing camera.



    Edit: Upon further review, this image is a disaster. It's an eye-riot. Too much, too loud, and a horrible candidate for an HDR image. But I'm leaving it up as an exercise in shame.
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    for what its worth puckmonkey all the color ones feel really oversaturated to me and i think kinda of overwhelm the image, i think all of these would benefit greatly from not as much saturation, thats just my personal opinion though everyone has their own vision of what makes a image works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianmonsta View Post
    for what its worth puckmonkey all the color ones feel really oversaturated to me and i think kinda of overwhelm the image, i think all of these would benefit greatly from not as much saturation, thats just my personal opinion though everyone has their own vision of what makes a image works.
    Yeah, I've started to back off the saturation a bit as I play with the files. I'm finding that the hues tend to shift unpredictably unless I'm punching them into submission, so I'm still being a little lazy with the color control. But that's my next phase of experimentation. I'm doing a lot of reverse engineering with my testing since, for example, Step 5 has a lot to do with what you did in Step 1 even though they seem to be unrelated.

    I'm digging the process though, even if the results are still kinda "meh...".

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    PuckMonkey, it seems like you have a lot of haloing going on, almost like a high radius unsharp mask. I wonder if you want to increase the amount of light smoothing a bit (a lot) to reduce the haloing. Would you mind posting your RAWs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuckMonkey View Post
    I think it was $99. For $119 you get a tone mapping CS3 plug-in, but it's kinda lame. Could be handy in the future though.
    There is a discount from some photo website somewhere. I'll try and track it down.

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    OK, this is REALLY the last one. Didn't mean to hijack this thread.



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    Quote Originally Posted by PuckMonkey View Post
    OK, this is REALLY the last one. Didn't mean to hijack this thread.


    this is my favorite of the bunch. The color range is great, and not as over saturated as the others. Plus, I think you all but eliminated the HALO effect that Valleyfan was talking about.

    I also like the sharpness....

    One thing I can't seem to get a hang of in HDR photog. is when the RAW files are merged, the focus seems soft to me.... after all the processing.

    That didn't happen on this shot. ^^^

    I like.


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