Sunbeam HDR - C&C, please!

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  1. Hartley

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    Hello all,

    I took a bunch of pictures this weekend in Arizona's high country, including several HDR sequences, trying to get the sunbeams right - without going too far..;)

    First, centered sunbeams:

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    Then, a wider shot showing the valley below.

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    I don't think you can call these "realistic" - because our eyes don't expect a photograph to look like that - but they sure look a lot like what my eye saw.. (well, except for the "horizon glow" in #2..:blushing: )

    Just for fun, here's some sunbeams that are not HDR..

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    Hartley
     
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    I like #3 the best. If it is possible for you to Photoshop the mountains in to look more realistic that would look fantastic.
     
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    Your first images remind me of the Catskill Mountains during a hot, hazy summer day. The indians called the Catskills the "blue mountains". Although, your rendering is a little more blue.
     
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    I like #1 but its got a few spots of odd color and processing, overall cool pic. #2 is a little too strong for me.
    #3 is the most realistic but the least interesting composition wise
     
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    I like #3 the best
     
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    Thank You, all who've commented!

    I went back and re-did #2 again, to eliminate the "horizon glow" and to see if I could make it a little less blue.

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    Well, it's still blue, but at least the glow is gone..:D I'm using FDRTools - I have a feeling that I'm not getting the best out of it, tho I keep trying. Is there something easier for an HDR newbie like me?

    Hartley

    Edit to add - I like #3, too - maybe I shud quit fooling with HDR..:lol:
     
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    This is my take at your image
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  8. Hartley

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    Hi Provo,

    Sri - was away for a few days..:D

    I like the high-contrast, saturated look, too, at least for a while - but what I really was trying for was to get as "real" a look as I could and still capture the HDR range of intensities. I am still trying to get the blue out, which is what happens when you pull up the hazy parts - it really IS blue, but the eye doesn't perceive it, so I think I shud work it down a bit.

    Notice how bringing up the contrast made the "horizon glow" worse? that is an HDR effect I really don't like, especially when I'm shooting for "realism".

    I get the feeling I should try some of the other HDR programs out there (well, the cheap ones, anyway!)

    Thanks!

    Hartley
     
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    I love those desert skies. Your final image is pretty brilliant; I think it would look awesome at a very large size.
     
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    Really nice pics.. beautiful scenery.
     

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