Ok, so here's my first attempt at HDR. I've been gagging to have a crack at it for a while and last night I decided was as good a time as any.
Now, here's the thing. I've been trying to do HDR stuff on CS2 for a while, but it just hasn't looked the way HDR photos do, so I scoured the galleries here to see how other people have been doing it.
For those of you attempting it soon, you need to get Photomatix which will cost you £53 on the intermaweb.
I trekked down to our local church in the village last night as it seemed a good starting point. Any building which is surrounded by tombs that date back as far as 1150AD has to be a good starting point, and besides which, the church is right next to the pub, so I snuck a swift pint in prior to setting up.
This shot was taken at around 10.45pm last night, 7 shots ranging 1/3EV ISO 100 at F16 and using the self timer because I'd left my remote at home (40 yards away - how lazy is that?).
I whacked it all in to Photomatix, pressed a few buttons and stuff, and at 3am I pronounced myself a legend.
I then woke up, had a look and did it all again because it was rubbish. Here's the result. I know it's dark, but that's how I wanted it - there's a lighter version loaded up too.
P.S. Both versions look better LARGE.