Mini HDR

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  1. mdtusz

    mdtusz TPF Noob!

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    I was out with a friend in his new mini so we decided we should take some shots but it was pitch black. This is a quick HDR + retouching I did on the drive home :lol: I always have my camera and laptop with me nowadays.

    3 exposures (-2, 0, +2)
    WB adjustment and de-noise in Aperture
    Photomerge to HDR in Photoshop
    Tonemapped in Photomatix
    Retouched (a bit of flare... couldn't get it all) in Photoshop
    Final sharpen (just a bit) back in Aperture
    Done.

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    Looking now, I should have taken out the post on the left, but I'm tired and have work in 8 hours :grumpy:

    Hope you enjoy it!
     
  2. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I do!
    ALTHOUGH it is a car.
    But to know that you actually did not see much... and now we see WHAT we see: quite an improvement over "pitch black" :D.
     
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    IDK, seems overdone, there is something about it, that is too much.

    What is with the wavy spots on the pavement passenger side? looks like too much editing caused that, and not there in real life.
     
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    i think its pretty sweet. i like the idea of HDR but i agree that it is overdone although most HDR nowadays seems way overdone
     
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    D-B-J Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Whats up with the intense light stars?
     
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    Must have had a star/cross filter on, they are pretty distracting.
     
  7. mdtusz

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    No star filter, the longest exposure was just 30 seconds...

    I agree about the overdone look, but if I was trying to make it look real, I would have just waited until there was natural light to take the picture with...
     
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    I like the light flares--adds a little punch by adding a bit of color to a photo that would otherwise be monochromatic.

    Just clean-up the shadow from the car and correct what appear to be smudges on the asphalt, and I would call it finished.

    I am torn between keeping or removing the light post on the left: keeping the light post shows a source for the lighting overhead and gives a reason for the light flares on top of the Mini; removing the light post on the left would question the existence of the light flares on top of the Mini or making the composition a little cleaner.
     
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    Very cool, it blends in with the pavement

    The light flare could be toned down a little though
     
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    You can take a real picture at the time of day you did, it would have looked better with your novelty picture you posted.
     
  11. mdtusz

    mdtusz TPF Noob!

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    This picture was taken at 11... it was black except for the sodium lights above which didn't illuminate much. For a single exposure I couldn't have gotten anything near what this did.
     
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    MDtusz

    If your goal was to highlight the yellow and white lights, you did well.
    If your goal was to highlight the car, not so well.


    My eye keeps being drawn away from the car.

    While you fix this, clone out the pole as well;)
     

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