HDR attempt in LR

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  1. zulu42

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    Just to give it a try, 5 exposures merged in LR. I take it LR is not the program of choice for serious HDR. Comments welcome, and thank you for looking.

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    Ysarex Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Nice shot -- I like it.

    Joe
     
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    Thanks Joe! :)
     
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    Very nice! I think lightroom is ok for HDR, I use it for most of mine. Compositionally your shot is good, it's got a nice flow through the shot.

    What aperture did you use for these shots?
     
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    Nice shot, I like the way it leads you in. I use LR for HDR because I'm lazy, but when I have the time I have a copy of Corel PXP that I think does a better job on HDR.
     
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    Thank you weepete!

    The aperture was f/9.0 and the shutter speeds ranged from 1/4s to 1/400s. ISO 125

    I've tried the LR HDR merge a few times. I never seem to get that super cooked HDR look. There's not much to adjust, only the anti ghosting (low, med, high), as far as I can tell.

    Also, the conversion to .jpeg from Lightroom's .hdr file seemed to introduce more IQ loss than a normal .nef to .jpeg conversion. Has anybody else noticed this?

    Thanks again
     
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    If NIK collection is still free, I like their HDR merge plug in for LR.
     
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    Oh yes I keep forgetting about it. It works better than lr
     
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    Same area, different day, different composition. It is a 15 minute drive up a dirt road to one of my favorite spots. I can get a view in any direction.

    The green lichen on the rocks looks weird, but it really is an accurate color, and it has the same iridescent quality to the naked eye.

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    You want that super cooked HDR look? There is still plenty that you can do in LR after the merge. That file is a raw equivalent so all the data is there. Do a curves adjustment and play with the HSL, clarity, dehaze. alter the whites, blacks, highlights and shadows.

    I think that first image is quite nice as is.
     
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    Thanks Ron. I have learned to get more out of the hdr file after the conversion. I no longer use the auto tone selection during the merge, and have found that super cooked look.

    I don't necessarily want that super cooked look, especially on landscapes, but I want to be able to get it if desired. I often like how it looks on man made subjects like machinery and architecture.

    In my ignorance, at first I expected to merge some images to hdr, and the result would automatically pop out super cooked. Every day I learn something here!
     
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