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Looking south(ish) from Ben Lawyers.

This is my first attempt at manual HDR.

The 3 exposures were created from a single RAW file which I had lying around. The original images was taken with a Canon EOS 350D and EF-S 18-55mm lens at 55mm. Exposure was 1/160s at f/9.0

The exposures in the HDR are:
-0.95 for the sky
+0.60 for the middle ground from the loch up
+2.35 for the foreground from the loch down

I cropped it a bit from the original and I also cloned out a 4x4 to be a bit more environmentally friendly Wink

Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:Canon EF-S 18-55mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Snow on them there hills
Username:CaptivePixels CaptivePixels
Uploaded:30 Jan 2008 - 7:11 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Landscape / travel
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stolzy
stolzy  83753 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2008 - 7:54 PM

The blue cast in the shadows is overwhelming

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Boyd  1011213 forum posts Wales11 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2008 - 8:01 PM

Odd colours in this one.
The idea behind High Dynamic Range is what it says on the tin - you need a large range of exposures for it to work properly. Working from one RAW file won't give you that range. At least you are shooting RAW though which is good because the RAW format captures more dynamic range data than is available in the alternative, the JPEG file.
The object with HDR is to bracket your photos - take a photo of the same scene several times with different shutter speeds. Then you create a true HDR file which you then carefully tonemap into the finished image.
An ePz tutorial, Post Processing HDR images, is available for more information too.

Last Modified By Boyd at 30 Jan 2008 - 8:02 PM

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kalseru
kalseru e2 Member 6kalseru vcard England9 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2008 - 8:47 PM

If you are using Photomatix to produce a full HDR shot they reccomend 3 shots minimum at 0 +2 and -2. Not sure this scene really needed HDR which seems to work best for very tricky shots with a tonal range too great to capture with a single exposure. This image has a very strong blue/cyan cast see my mod I haver attempted to colour correct.
Andy

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CaptivePixels
31 Jan 2008 - 7:46 AM

Thanks for taking time to comment Stolzy.

Thanks for the advice Boyd. Will certainly read that article before my next go at HDR.

Andy, thanks for the modification - looks much better. I agree that the shot probably didn't need HDR treatment but I just wanted to have a go. I was following the steps to create an HDR image in this months Digital Camera supplement.

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