March 27th, 2008, 11:59 PM #31
looks like its time for me to go the photomatix route.....
March 28th, 2008, 12:05 AM #32
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.
March 28th, 2008, 10:29 AM #33
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.
Last edited by PuckMonkey; March 28th, 2008 at 12:30 PM.
March 28th, 2008, 10:42 AM #34
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.
March 28th, 2008, 10:54 AM #35
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.
Originally Posted by ianmonsta
I'm digging the process though, even if the results are still kinda "meh...".
March 28th, 2008, 12:01 PM #36
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?
March 28th, 2008, 12:02 PM #37
There is a discount from some photo website somewhere. I'll try and track it down.
Originally Posted by PuckMonkey
March 28th, 2008, 12:23 PM #38
OK, this is REALLY the last one. Didn't mean to hijack this thread.
March 28th, 2008, 03:20 PM #39
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.
Originally Posted by PuckMonkey
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. ^^^
The Arboretum by the santa anita mall?
March 29th, 2008, 07:03 PM #40
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
and here (5).
I am learning that subject matter is key for this stuff.