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Cruise Ship HDR
Cruise Ship HDR

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Camera: Olympus Stylus 810
Galleries: Travel
Date Uploaded: Aug 23, 2006

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My method:
Duplicate the background layer in photoshop.
On the top layer, go to Image > Adjustments > Exposure and do -1.
On the bottom layer, go to Image > Adjustments > Exposure and do +1. Select all and go to Edit > Copy.
Go to the top layer and create a layer mask (click on the button in the bottom of the layers palette that looks like a circle inside of a square). Option click on the layer mask you just created (it'll make the whole image white (but just for a sec)).
Edit > Paste.
While still on the top layer, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and do somewhere between 30 & 40 (less for smaller images).
Click on the bottom layer... there's your HDR image.
It probably looks grey-- but if you do an adjustment layer with levels, it evens out really quickly. It produces more vibrant colors, brings out the details in the darks and makes the light areas look cleaner. :)

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08/26/2006 11:20:11 AM
Very nice colors and contrast! It's really an amazing difference over the original.
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08/26/2006 02:02:03 AM
Excellent work! The DHR treatment has made the colours really pop out. The only bit that seems to have popped out too much is the red flags on the back.
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08/23/2006 07:21:52 PM
The difference is subtle, but the finished HDR image is nicer than the original, in particular the water. How did you do the HDR?
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