An HDR-experiment

This morning I read an interesting discussion about HDR-processing on the blog of Leanne Cole. You might read it as well first (link opens in new window). In the past I experimented with HDR and as many I overdid it every now and than. Nowadays I try to avoid HDR as much as possible but there occasions I choose for it.

Anyway, if you’ve read my comment (nr. 67 I believe) you know that I make use (and experiment) with a wide range of software and Photoshop plug-ins (see also the page My Gear) and thus avoid the application of specific HDR-software like NIK Efex, Oloneo, etc.

My experiment this morning: two quick pictures (snapshots); one from behind my computer with the focus on the door (13 bracketed shots) and one from the verandah (8 bracketed shots). Both shot with with my Sony A77 with 16mm Zeiss lens.

I merged them in respectively Photoshop and Photomatix Pro. Next I processed one picture of each series in DxO Optics Pro 9 (with wide-angle correction). The advantage of DxO is that it callibrates the camera/lens combination and automatically makes adjustments resulting in colours that match the reality.

See and judge for yourself. First of each series is Photomatix followed by Photoshop and as last the non HDR DxO version. The ones in Photomatix are ‘mapped’ as ‘natural’ and no use of adjustment sliders in the Photoshop HDR window.

 

Irrigation

As usual one can be sure that if you irrigate your garden after some dry and warm weeks; it will rain within hours. I irrigated the garden last night and yes; a few hours after we got blessings from the sky …

Anyway during the ‘sunset irrigation’ I made a B&W and a FC picture and combined the two of them in Photomatix Pro. After that some processing in Topaz and Perfect Suite 8 and this is the result. Not exactly what I was aiming for (the blues should be more accentuated) but for the moment it will do.

Sunset-irrigation

Sunrise on the beach

Shot during an early morning hike along a non-touristic beach near Quoin Point somewhere between Hermanus and Cape Aghulas in the Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa. The sea mist start to move in. HDR-fusion of 2 images with shutter times of 5 and 7 seconds, apertures of 22 and 32 and ISO 100. Processed in Photomatix Pro, Topaz and Photoshop.

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Still Moving or is it moving still? 5 of 5 (last = best?)

Recently I made some bracketed pictures of a still on the verandah table but between the shots I moved the cup with spoon and only once two of the berries. I made several HDR versions by combining (mixing) Photoshop with Photomatix Pro, Perfect Suite and Topaz. This is one of the results.

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Still moving or is it moving still? 4 of 5

Recently I made some bracketed pictures of a still on the verandah table but between the shots I moved the cup with spoon and only once two of the berries. I made several HDR versions by combining (mixing) Photoshop with Photomatix Pro, Perfect Suite and Topaz. This is one of the results.

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Still moving or is it moving still? 3 of 5

Recently I made some bracketed pictures of a still on the verandah table but between the shots I moved the cup with spoon and only once two of the berries. I made several HDR versions by combining (mixing) Photoshop with Photomatix Pro, Perfect Suite and Topaz. This is one of the results.

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Still moving or is it moving still? 2 of 5

Recently I made some bracketed pictures of a still on the verandah table but between the shots I moved the cup with spoon and only once two of the berries. I made several HDR versions by combining (mixing) Photoshop with Photomatix Pro, Perfect Suite and Topaz. This is one of the results. Photoshop has many shortcomings!!!

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