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Victorian errand boys black bicycle leaning outside shop wall. Manipulated single image in Photomatrix.
Old bikes have a charm of their own, which you have caught very well.
Hi Gilly. I take it this is your first go with Photomatix after your recent thread. Is this the look you intended to create or is it how it turned out? I only ask because it shows most of the signs of being over tone-mapped. There are halos around the junctions between light and dark, indicating possibly too little light smoothing. There is a harshness, which could be down to too much micro-contrast, whilst overall there is a lack of contrast, possibly due to black and white points being set wrong.
The image itself is decent enough but the result doesn't work for me. Well worth playing around with the sliders to see what you think works and what doesn't. If you really want to explore HDR I would highly recommend that you take a set of photographs specifically meant to be processed in that way, under, on and over exposed so that between them you get the whole dynamic range. Take a look at my recent photo of my car for an example of how (I believe) an HDR should look.
It may take you a fair amount of time to get to grips with the various adjustments but it is definitely time well spent.
By the way, a good way to tell whether you have done a good job of HDR is to look at the thumbnail. If you have over-cooked it you can normally spot it a mile off in the small image.
Thanks Ian , I was actually going for a look of an illustration as I have used this effect with other software (if only I could draw myself)! Thanks for taking time to give me pointers and I'll bear them in mind when I play with Photomatrix!
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