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In the forums there has been a bit of debate on how poor the current version of Photomatix is. Well I thought I would have a go at a HDR landscape, something I haven't done in years, prefering to blend manually. So Photomatix / back to lightroom - taken into photoshop to remove contrail

I would be interested to hear your thoughts (7 images 1 stop apart)

Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:The Face of Twistleton
Username:Nick_w Nick_w
Uploaded:8 Feb 2013 - 8:37 PM
Tags:General, Hdr, Landscape / travel, Twistleton
Votes:64

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pmorgan
pmorgan  8217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 8:40 PM

Done as HDR should be (IMHO) - can't even tell you've used it - cracking stuff

Rgds
Paul

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73919 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 8:42 PM

Thanks Paul, I was intriqued to see if I could process a HDR landscape, tho doubt I will make a habit of it.

Last Modified By Nick_w at 8 Feb 2013 - 8:43 PM

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pmorgan
pmorgan  8217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 8:46 PM

Was this "fused"?

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73919 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 8:55 PM

Paul, it was saved in photomatix with no ajustments, then processed in Lightroom with just the standard sliders like you do a normal RAW file.

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 6187 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 8:57 PM

The colour looks quite vivid but I would never have guessed this was HDR Nick. The exposure balance looks very natural.
Derek

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TilG88
TilG88 Junior Member 6 Old Username was tilneyg44 England1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 9:02 PM

Wow, Stunning colours Smile

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5259 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 9:03 PM

Tremendous Image!

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 9:25 PM

Nice one Nick can't comment on the technical side cos its double dutch to me Grin

Rod

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PhilSingleton
PhilSingleton e2 Member 2PhilSingleton vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 9:32 PM

Nick I really like it - In my opinion, Its "natural" look is enhanced due to the purple colour of the light in the sky being reflected in the rocks, so looking balanced and therefore quite "natural". Excellent image.
Phil.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 9:36 PM

I have no idea how this technique works, but for me the final result here is superb with good colour rendition and excellent detail at all levels.
Ronnie.

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dathersmith
8 Feb 2013 - 10:05 PM

Excellent work Nick.

Darren.

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LesF
LesF  8177 forum posts8 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 10:08 PM

HDR won't catch on, it's the devil you know. You're now doomed Nick into the pits of hell

WinkWinkWink


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Meheecho
Meheecho  2275 forum posts United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 - 10:19 PM

The technology as RonnieG states is a foreign language to me but the result is very impressive
Perhaps I should try it
Steve

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 479 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 10:25 PM

Wonderful example of how HDR should be done.
Phil

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 448 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 10:26 PM

It's very good!

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LV426
LV426  5 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 1:50 AM

Love that place.
It must be the number one of the Tree photographs in Britain.
Great details and lovely colours.
Tarek

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Brindamour
9 Feb 2013 - 5:24 AM

Strewth! What a fair dinkum corker!

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 10:06 AM

HDR done well is a great tool for photography....good fun to use too Wink
Nice blend here Nick & good colour retention...HDR can sometimes wipe colour out.
I am seeing very slight halos on my monitor,where the hills meet the sky,could be the resolution for posting on here or my monitor..to judge correctly I would have to see it at full size tbh.
Wouldn't have put this one down for an HDR blend so you have used the tool wisely.

PMSL @ Les !!

Last Modified By chase at 9 Feb 2013 - 10:06 AM

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73919 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 10:14 AM

Thanks everyone. See what you mean Janet, though its my sharpening, and not the HDR that caused the halos (bit round some of the twigs too) I rushed the sharpening, bit unusual for me. It took less than 10 minutes to process start to finish ( I normally take longer than that just on sharpening)

Yep Les's comments made me smile too.

I doubt this will form part of my regular workflow, but it's good once in a while to try new things.

Last Modified By Nick_w at 9 Feb 2013 - 10:19 AM

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 10:24 AM


Quote: I rushed the sharpening

Tut tut, naughty Nick Wink

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73919 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 10:29 AM

LOL... I was going to ask what's my punishment Wink

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 10:34 AM


Quote: what's my punishment

Naughty step for you mi Lad for at least a week...with NO camera !!!!

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Nick_w e2 Member 73919 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 10:42 AM

Oh spoilsport Sad was looking forward to getting the camera out this afternoon Smile

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England210 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 1:49 PM

Not a lot wrong with this Nick, well worked
Regards Richard

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JJGEE
JJGEE  96362 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 5:19 PM

Perhaps it would be interesting to process a single image, which one of the seven to be decided, then compare it with this HDR image.

Only then can one judge how good or bad the HDR Photomatix is

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Eviscera e2 Member 81105 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 7:01 PM

A formulaic image Nick .

Im not keen on the intersecting tree / horizon , unless its definition is clear , but that's just a compositional preference.

Well mapped , but were you using a coloured grad ? cos never seen purple skies transit to apricot before !

Its a fairly boring histogram as well and seems a colour cast overall.

Check out the blue and green channels in the levels dialogue and maybe pinch back in the missing tones.

You asked Smile

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73919 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2013 - 11:48 AM

Dave it's the early morning hues - no filters at all (not even uv/ or skylight)- The Dales been high up, with little or no pollution, give quite distinctive colours pre-dawn - the apricot colour is the colours from our nearest star Wink the blues are from the reflections of the upper atmosphere - the angle of the sun wrt the atmosphere does give different colours. I will admit I pushed the white balance a fraction ( from about 4700k to ca 5100, not really what you would call over the top (not even daylight preset), tho I admit increasing vibrancy a touch - I'd like to think the photographer does have creative licence.

I can't understand what the histogram has got to do with it? I can't change the light we had that day (there were no clouds). So the histogram is what it is, any changes would affect the colours further. As someone who says I'm too technical Wink

This is one from 10 minutes later when the sun broke the horizon, as you can see not too dissimilar (that was hand blended not HDR), and I cooled down the limestone ( something I considered but decided against, as I was just showing what can be achieved in HDR without further processing).

As for other comments, if I had used filters I would put up a standard version, but as explained its HDR, if I put up the one where there's good exposure for the rocks, you would see over exposure of the sky, if I put up a sky exposure, you would just see a black silhouette of the foreground ( these are 1 year old images so was not planning this experiment).

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Sianp
Sianp  7 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2013 - 11:56 AM

Excellent HDR!

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TonyPrower
4 Aug 2013 - 12:33 AM

Really nice work.

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