Still Trying To Perfect HDR - C&C

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  1. HughGuessWho

    HughGuessWho TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    I am still trying to get a firm graps on HDR without over cooking. Looking for C&C

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    All shot with Canon Xsi
    All PP done in Elements and Photomatix Pro 3


     
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    to me they all seem great! :thumbup:
     
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    Was there enough dynamic range in the original scene to justify using HDR?
     
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    Yes, the whites in the clouds and the setting sun to the left of number # would have either blownout or, there would have been zero detail in the trees and foilage.
     
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    I like #2. It has the natural look. However, it still has some shadow areas with not much details. Keep on trying.
     
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    No need to justify why and when to use HDR...Just like there is no reason to justify using black and white or color.


    OP- pictures are a bit soft with no sharpness anywhere. #1 and#2 the clouds are real blurry. I like the colors in #3 best.

    #2 the waters reflection of the sky is to bright. I did the same thing with some pictures I took a long time ago and now I can see why I was told the same thing.

    Keep it up.
     
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    #2 is my favourite here, though as said I would tone the refelction down a bit, and possibly the overall saturation slightly too.

    You need to do some heavy sharpening on these to bring out the detail.

    Watch for ghosting effects in the clouds in #1 and #3.
     
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    Thanks for the critique both good and bad. I will process them again and try to work on the sharpness and ghosting. The cloud reflections were mentioned a few times. How would I go about minimizing them, short of cloning them out?
     
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    # 3 Sharpened

    I did a little sharpening on #3 and tried to work on the ghosting of the clouds. Any improvement?

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    Its hard to make comments on softness because a nice sharp image can get screwed around with by either the host that sends your image here, or this site itself if it has to resize your image yet again to make it fit. Your processing is excellent.
     
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    Your 2nd edit is much sharper. I also noticed the softness in the original set. Strangely though, in the first one I kind of find it appealing.
     
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    really nice and natural looking

    you may need to clean your sensor though (someone else might know better)... there is a reoccurring spec- a little below the top margin and in the center of the left half of the image (in the cloud)
    Most noticeable in 1 & 2

    as im writing this i just noticed another in nearly the same spot on the right half too
     

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