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I could recreate for ££££££££££ Wink
I asked at 12:01 AM, hindsight is a wonderful thing but it won't pay the mortgage.
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here's teh thing from the HDR thingy
Didn't realise I'd not saved over it
Face it - Photoshop did most of the nice bits
I prefer that. I'd have been tempted to light the back wheel and back side of the car to offer some separation from the BG too.
I did that with a curve + mask, but the HDR software added quite a lot of noise back there - that's why I went darker really
I have not bothered with HDR for a while now but found this link interesting. I downloaded Oloneo and did a test with an old image which was done with Photomatix, I must admit Oloneo really impressed me. It is fast, easy and seems to deliver a high quality.
I recently upgraded my PC and cannot get Photomatix to work again so depending on the price I might go for Oloneo when it is released.
For anyone who is interested in the result I have posted the comparison Metro Chair
I've added a review of PhotoEngine to the site now. Oloneo PhotoEngine Please feel free to add a comment at the end with your views of the product.
from the pics i've seen folk post it looks natural. think i'll give it a try.lesley
going to have a looksee too
I have tried Oloneo now and it seems easy to use and the initial results look OK so I planned to compare same Raw set of three between Photomatix and Oloneo. Problem is that Oloneo cannot save the file because I do not have enough memory. OK my computer is 3 years old now and I only have 3 G Bytes and 32 Bit Vista but Photomatix can handle 6 5D2 Raw files. I noticed on the Oloneo forum than one person could not process four 5D2 Raw files but has 8 G Bytes RAM.
I have downloaded the new Beta version of Oloneo and can now process and save when using 3 EOS 5D2 files though it cannot manage 4 without running out of RAM. I have compared several sets of 3 exposures between PM and Oloneo. For the more dramatic HDR effect Oloneo produced a much better looking pic and very easily using the auto tone mapping. I also found Oloneo excellent for dealing with ghosting whereas PM was poor. When it came to the more subtle HDR shots (HDR scenes captured but not obvious in final image), I found little to choose between them. In these cases, I found that I could no longer use Oloneo in auto tone mapping so it took just as long as PM to set the sliders. I also found that for the inside of a cathedral it took a lot of fiddling to get Oloneo to look as good as PM (though I have been using PM for some time now).
My overall impression is that Oloneo is developing well and, at this time, I would probably want to have Oloneo and PM.
To bring this thread upto date I would like to mention the new offering from Nik Software.
HDR Efex Pro.
I got it as part of the "Complete Collection" at Focus, but it available as a stand alone programme.
First trials would indicate it is far more versatile than most other programmes. The tone mapping of
a single image is amazing. There is a 15 day trial version available so give it a go and lets hear how you get on. Tony
A quick heads up - Oloneo PhotoEngine launches officially on 31st May, 25% discount for registered beta testers.
You can get a 15% discount on Photomatix if you use the "mcfadephotography" coupon code
I have been preparing to give an HDR lecture and during the preparation discovered a Photomatix problem which I suspect has only been introduced in V4. I had not previously noticed because, since PM V4 came out, I have been using Oloneo. The problem is that images with very high contrast areas (e.g. windows) produce hazy areas around the high contrast part of the image when using the Details Enhancer; this can be fairly extensive and spoils the entire image. In comparison if you use the Fusion mode (which is not strictly HDR) this effect is not present and nor is it with Oloneo. I found a few others on the internet reporting the same problem.
By elimination, I have discovered that it seems to be caused by the auto de-ghosting in PM. I have found that switching the de-ghosting off or even using the manual de-ghosting eliminates the problem. The auto de-ghosting has always been a problem on PM though the auto de-ghosting works well on Oloneo. The good news is that I find that the manual de-ghosting on PM work very well.
My advice is to avoid auto de-ghosting if you use Photomatix.
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