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08/19/2010 11:31:26 PM · #1
I'm curious at how good people would be working with the image below. Personally, I prefer a manual blending rather than using Photomatix or other programs and I've wondered if it's just because I'm no good at using the other programs. I figured it would be nice to compare my attempt with someone who knows what they are doing.

So give it your best shot at show me how bad I am. If you PM me your email, I'll send you a link to download 6 20MB RAW exposures (from -3 to +2). You can use as many or as few as you want, and then you can post your work and we can compare. I'm going to work the scene up manually (ie. by blending exposures in CS5 with masks). It would be nice for everybody to compare notes.

The scene:
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Message edited by author 2010-08-19 23:32:53.
08/19/2010 11:38:29 PM · #2
If I weren't traveling right now and on netbook, I'd play. If this thread is still running in a couple of days, I'll give it a shot. I'll send you my e-mail
08/19/2010 11:51:08 PM · #3
Sent you a PM
08/20/2010 12:07:09 AM · #4
PM sent
08/20/2010 12:13:41 AM · #5
Hmm, slight snag. The usual way I send large files via email (yousendit.com) has a 100MB limit for free. The zip of the 6 files is 178MB (which is sorta funny since the total of six 20MB files should be 120MB, weird). Anybody have any other ideas for how I can get you the files?
08/20/2010 12:14:46 AM · #6
Ya, that's weird. The RAW files themselves are 29-31 MB. Why are they bigger than 20?
08/20/2010 12:15:45 AM · #7
I'm going to try sending them 3 at a time.
08/20/2010 12:18:14 AM · #8
That might be working. Someone let me know if you get the email.
08/20/2010 12:34:47 AM · #9
I've got a pro yousendit account. I'll distribute them if you'd like.
ETA: send the multiple file upload to my dropbox.
Dropbox name= DerekGarfield545396

I think you can just click this link and it should work? I haven't used the dropbox feature much... https://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=dropbox&dropbox=DerekGarfield545396

Message edited by author 2010-08-20 00:44:28.
08/20/2010 12:37:00 AM · #10
Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

I've got a pro yousendit account. I'll distribute them if you'd like.


Hehe. But how do I get it to you? :)
08/20/2010 12:45:41 AM · #11
you can email them to me one at a time and I'll host them, if you want.
08/20/2010 12:46:24 AM · #12
Well, I think I may have sent them out, but I need someone to tell me if they got my email with the link.
08/20/2010 12:48:25 AM · #13
I should probably add that I'm curious to mess with this too. Ha.
08/20/2010 01:16:51 AM · #14
Me too!
08/20/2010 01:20:08 AM · #15
Originally posted by monster-zero:

Me too!


Did you not get an email? I sent one to you (I thought).
08/20/2010 01:27:02 AM · #16
Ok, something different is happening this time. It may be working.
08/20/2010 02:25:57 AM · #17
N/T

Message edited by author 2010-08-22 12:53:52.
08/20/2010 02:56:59 AM · #18
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30861/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_904444.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30861/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_904444.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

PhotomatixPro on all 6 originals, Topaz Detail, and a little Topaz Simplify for web viewing. You wouldn't want the simplify for printing, but it cleans up details for web viewing nicely IMO.

Be sure to click on "View Full Sized Image", this is a 5.8 megabyte file that DPC has made an 800-pixel preview of, and the preview looks fuzzy.

I can't open the 5DII RAWs in CS3, so I just went blind and merged all 6 in Photomatix. I have no idea if I'd be better off with fewer originals until I get around to converting the CR2's to NEF's, which I can do but takes time.

R.
08/20/2010 03:11:05 AM · #19
How do I view the full size image.I have CS2.

Message edited by author 2010-08-20 03:11:48.
08/20/2010 03:20:02 AM · #20
Originally posted by mike clooney:

How do I view the full size image.I have CS2.


On mine? Click on thumbnail, scroll down a bit, click on "View Full Size Image"...

On Doc's? He doesn't have one posted. PM him for link to a hosting site if you want, but his full-size originals are 5DmkII CR2 RAW files and you won't be able to open them with CS2.

R.
08/20/2010 03:51:28 AM · #21
PM sent.
08/20/2010 11:30:48 AM · #22
Ok, I'll get to the next wave of requests today. I've got a really busy day at work today so bear with me.
08/20/2010 12:25:42 PM · #23
id like to play... for the learning experience if thats ok with you :) justcaree@gmail.com
08/20/2010 02:22:44 PM · #24
To anybody else who wants to try, here is the link to the first zip of 3 RAW files:

https://www.yousendit.com/download/aHlTNWNvQTY3bUN4dnc9PQ

Here is the link to the second zip file:

https://www.yousendit.com/download/aHlTNWNpTk1samMwTVE9PQ

I sent emails to people I had addresses for.

Message edited by author 2010-08-20 14:22:59.
08/20/2010 02:34:23 PM · #25
I'm in as well...but I won't be able to do anything with them until tomorrow.
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