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04/07/2008 05:41:49 PM · #26
Day 2: West Hampstead

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04/07/2008 06:08:44 PM · #27
Here is day one for me I'll get caught up tommorrow!
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Let me know what you think this is my first dap into this HDR stuff! And I'm loving it!
04/07/2008 06:40:02 PM · #28
Day 2:
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04/07/2008 08:06:29 PM · #29
Day 2

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04/07/2008 11:43:14 PM · #30
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Made up of..
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HDR tone mapped. I didnt like how the sky came out so I took the piece of the sky from the darkest one and pasted it on top and set opacity. Then erasing the egdes created a vignette look in the sky there. Flattened.

Message edited by author 2008-04-07 23:45:58.
04/07/2008 11:47:21 PM · #31
DAY 2

This is where I live, and have lived for all my 19 years.

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Again this was created in Project Wukong and then put in PS to increase contrast using levels and tweaking the color with H/S.

This is about as interesting that it is up here lately. But hey the iron range up here in MN got on Paul Harvey news and comment today...for recieving 24 inches of snow (all of which came in under 30 hours).

Message edited by author 2008-04-07 23:51:50.
04/08/2008 10:20:05 AM · #32
For those using Corel PSP12 don't be afraid to use the Clarify Adjustment. If you are going for effect go big. Clarify is PSPs secret weapon, play with it in combination with different layers you can sim the extreme HDR effect or even pull off some Lucis Art effects.

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This is a Quick edit in PSP12 using Noise Reduction, Clarify, and USM. No brushes or plug-ins were used. Single JPG one layer total.

Start with Digital Camera NR
Clarify (10)
USM > Highres Normal
Clarify (10)
Digital Camera NR
Clarify (5)
Highpass Sharpen
Resize with a light sharpen

Message edited by author 2008-04-08 10:24:49.
04/08/2008 12:27:45 PM · #33
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Similar technique to the building shot using layers and curves in multiply mode then burning and dodging
04/08/2008 01:12:48 PM · #34
Two questions for those of you who have posted:

What is your intent and purpose for using HDR?

What specifically was needed from HDR for your image that could not have been achieved by other methods?

Experimentation is a necessary building block for innovation, growth and improvement. That is what makes what you are doing here such a great activity.

I'm not questioning your motivations, purpose or results. I just want to understand what is behind them better. There are no "wrong" answers to these questions. Thanks.
04/08/2008 01:20:10 PM · #35
Originally posted by Artifacts:

Two questions for those of you who have posted:

What is your intent and purpose for using HDR?

What specifically was needed from HDR for your image that could not have been achieved by other methods?

Experimentation is a necessary building block for innovation, growth and improvement. That is what makes what you are doing here such a great activity.

I'm not questioning your motivations, purpose or results. I just want to understand what is behind them better. There are no "wrong" answers to these questions. Thanks.


For me, HDR grings out details in the shaddows and highlight areas giving me more control but also it gives me the chance to abuse it and get a real 'cartoonish' effect that I personally like, it enhances the tonal range. There are other ways to do this but right now I am enjoying its effects greatly.
04/08/2008 01:48:49 PM · #36
Originally posted by Artifacts:

Two questions for those of you who have posted:

What is your intent and purpose for using HDR?

What specifically was needed from HDR for your image that could not have been achieved by other methods?

Experimentation is a necessary building block for innovation, growth and improvement. That is what makes what you are doing here such a great activity.

I'm not questioning your motivations, purpose or results. I just want to understand what is behind them better. There are no "wrong" answers to these questions. Thanks.


Well my intent is to really put my hand into making an image my own. When I take a picture I can only control things so much you know? However by using HDR on my last image for example I am able to make the sky intense and still leave the rest of the scene correctly exposed.

But what I find most amazing is that even though we are all using HDR our images are turning out very different. I mean MAK has that awesome daytime nightime thing. some go cartoonish.... I don't know I love the creativity that goes with HDR imaging.
04/08/2008 01:49:20 PM · #37
I specifically set out to use HDR because of the lighting in the Minster - borrowed Sara's tripod and shot three exposures. Used Photomatix to tonemap.

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04/08/2008 02:18:49 PM · #38
Day 3: Temple Fortune

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I'm off to Delft in .nl for 2 weeks from Thursday (last minute booking) so I'll try and keep up, but I doubt I'll be able to - just because I won't be taking my full kitbag and pp tools. Will post when I can.

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04/08/2008 03:03:52 PM · #39
Day 2
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04/08/2008 04:07:56 PM · #40
Day 3
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04/08/2008 04:52:42 PM · #41
ok, i have to say this, i am a big fan of HDR, nevertheless, the skies that result after tonimapping are horrible to say the least. there is this grayish tone that is applied unevenly across the sky.

what i personally recomend though is tone mapping the image for all the elements except the sky, and then use regular photoshop techniques to enhance it
04/08/2008 07:03:39 PM · #42
Day 3:
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04/08/2008 07:26:29 PM · #43
Originally posted by Artifacts:

Two questions for those of you who have posted:

What is your intent and purpose for using HDR?

What specifically was needed from HDR for your image that could not have been achieved by other methods?


My main reason is because I haven't purchased Grad ND filters, for landscape shots where exposure is a problem, with sky vs land. Naturally certain affects can only be created by using Grad ND filters in effect of exposure times. I still want to get a regular ND though.
04/08/2008 07:29:15 PM · #44
Originally posted by Artifacts:

Two questions for those of you who have posted:

What is your intent and purpose for using HDR?

What specifically was needed from HDR for your image that could not have been achieved by other methods?


i like it mostly for the over-the-topness
04/08/2008 07:42:14 PM · #45
Originally posted by Artifacts:

Two questions for those of you who have posted:

What is your intent and purpose for using HDR?

What specifically was needed from HDR for your image that could not have been achieved by other methods?


My intent is similar to MAK's - and probably every other HDRist, nay photographer - to be able to capture a wider range of exposure than possible with traditional single exposure photography.

1. There's no more worrying about metering from the right part of the scene....no more checking shadows....losing skies.....

2. The colours that can be achieved using HDR techniques provide real punch to photos imho - about the very edge of photography without becoming digital art, so to speak. It's still proper photography but only the tonal information is changing, as opposed to death by PS filter.

3. There's so much creative breadth and depth that it's continually interesting, for a long long time. You can tonemap only parts of an image to reveal exposure detail, or go the whole HDR/photomatix hog and go for that otherworldly look (which seems pretty well accepted in all levels of Photography as a style).

These days I have a hard time shooting single exposures - I'm pretty much always shooting AEB. I mean, why wouldn't you - it's just like the old days of bracketing...you've got your 0 exposure anyway, and the other two are just in case, only this time you're actually using them rather than binning them.

HDR is the coolest thing to happen to Photography since digital photography, imho...

N
04/08/2008 08:47:15 PM · #46
Day 3

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04/08/2008 10:43:03 PM · #47
Thanks everybody for the great amount of information submitted in this thread so far.

MAK - I applaud your creativity and skill with your day-to-night conversions. I'll have to give that a try sometime.

I didn't sign up for the 14 day posting but thought you all wouldn't mind me throwing in one recent HDR shot that I am proud of.......

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It was a single RAW shot that I adjusted the exposure up and down by a half stop and a full stop both ways and then ran through Photomatix. Afterwards, I opened in CS2 and used several levels adjustment layers and some burning.
04/09/2008 10:41:49 AM · #48
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Lots of PSP Clarify, slight Lucis Art (Exposure, 5th dot, slider 28), and Perfectum smoothing.

As Mak pointed out pushing a shot to a high contrast near cartoon feel can be quite interesting at times. I like to dabble in HDR for the punch or kick it adds.

Not to stir anything up (really) but with the sheer numbers of digital cameras being sold every year, the number of "Out of the Camera" shots is a dime a dozen these days. I need to be learning something beyond all that. I like the Darker side and that is a big reason for me to play outside the box.

ED: Oh I like the shot because it appears that no one in the shot is aware of anyone else.

Message edited by author 2008-04-09 10:45:42.
04/09/2008 11:06:12 AM · #49
ok what is perfectum smoothing???? i 've seen couple of people using it but have nop idea what it is?
04/09/2008 11:08:32 AM · #50
Originally posted by zaflabout:

ok what is perfectum smoothing???? i 've seen couple of people using it but have nop idea what it is?


//www.red-field.com/filterPerfectum.htm
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