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Just wanting some feedback before I buy a HDR plug-in...first use of HDR, obviously Photomatix - would like to know what others think about the program and what I can do to better use it if I purchase it, or if there are better programs out there to use with a MAC and CS3.

I was frustrated with the light line above the tree line especially - how to avoid would be great help.

Thanks so much,
Jan

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Crandall Canyon Barge
Username:gajj gajj
Uploaded:8 Aug 2008 - 10:44 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, General, Hdr, Machinery
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wasper
wasper e2 Member 8532 forum postswasper vcard Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2008 - 12:20 AM

Go for it. It works fine with the mac. I have lots of examples some good & some not here in my gallery.

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ZakBlack
ZakBlack e2 Member 7105 forum postsZakBlack vcard England14 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2008 - 12:28 AM

You have done better than i have. I found photomatix a pain.
I also tried HDR with CS2 but every time it says there is not enough of something to do the image.
Looking at your image i'd say you know what you are doing so pay for the upgrade, look forward to seeing more of your efforts...

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gajj
gajj e2 Member 1032 forum postsgajj vcard
9 Aug 2008 - 1:16 AM

Thanks to both of you - I actually have no idea what I'm doing! I found Photomatix sort of tiresome to use - but any instructions I've read to just use the CS3 HDR program say to keep the image at 32-bit while working on the HDR and my program won't let me work on it at 32-bit - it wants me to convert to 16-bit first. I really don't know how to get around that - any help or other programs better than Photomatix would be greatly appreciated!
Regards,
Jan

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bangalicious e2 Member 71295 forum postsbangalicious vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2008 - 10:42 AM

I like this HDR image. Try and Burn out the halos on top of the tree tops, they are obvious and a key indicator that the shot has had the HDR treatment. I like the overall image too. The converging lines work really well.
Anil.

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Carabosse e2 Member 1139675 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2008 - 3:59 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I am going to have to be honest here and say this photo looks a bit of a jumble. Sorry! Smile

The sky looks as if it has been added in from another picture. As Anil has indicated, the haloes over the trees are a bit of a giveaway. If you don't get on with Photomatix, you might like to try a very simple piece of open source software - the snappily named qtpfsgui.

More generally, perhaps one needs to consider whether the photo is suitable for HDR treatment at all. The little bit of sky at the top seems hardly worth the effort. The subject itself could have been taken at a different angle - it looks a bit of a mess! Sorry not to be more positive.

Last Modified By Carabosse at 9 Aug 2008 - 4:00 PM

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gajj
gajj e2 Member 1032 forum postsgajj vcard
9 Aug 2008 - 4:20 PM

Hey, no offense taken....I intentionally used a photo that I would normally delete just to muck around with...I'll try the site you suggested.
Thanks!

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Tooth e2 Member 95772 forum postsTooth vcard Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2008 - 12:42 AM

I agree with Cb in that maybe it's the wrong pic. If you PM Colin de Milo Smile, he'll giv you good advice about photomatix. he's made great strides with it, although he has created his own very individual and slightly surreal style. no better man for advising you about it though, and very approachable

Stephen

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Francois Lepinay e2 Member 11Francois Lepinay vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2009 - 4:30 PM

Weird, perfectly executed.

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