(2 pictures. ISO 100, 1/5 sec, A: 2,8 Zeiss 16/50mm, Sony A77)
I met Mahomed Saleem Khan for the first time during a hike. Mahomed is a vivid (amateur) photographer from Parow (a suburb of Cape Town). Every now and than we come together to exchange ideas and go on a photoshoot of some kind. Last weekend he showed me his new lens; a Tamron 70-200 that goes on his Canon EOS 7D. And I pictured him with my Sony A77 and a modest Sigma 70-300MM. The portrait was made at Stanford Harvest. Mahomed is very happy with this lens. He tested it extensively and compared the results with the more expensive lenses with the same specifications.
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.
Just after I shot the ducks yesterday afternoon (see previous posting) I focussed on a new house in our street that has a traditional Cape Dutch gable. Used the Sigma 70-300mm and adjusted the Sony A77 camera to twilight to bring some evening sphere in it. No photoshopping needed; just as is. Stanford is our home and if you look to our pictures than you also know why it was awarded with the prestigious “Best Village Destination of South Africa”.