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Crandall Canyon Barge

By gajj
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

Tags: General Hdr Digitally manipulated Machinery

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wasper Plus
10 533 1 Ireland
9 Aug 2008 12:20AM
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 8 105 14 England
9 Aug 2008 12:28AM
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...
gajj 12 32
9 Aug 2008 1:16AM
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
bangalicious 8 1.3k 5 England
9 Aug 2008 10:42AM
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.
Carabosse Plus
13 40.0k 269 England
9 Aug 2008 3:59PM
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.
gajj 12 32
9 Aug 2008 4:20PM
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!
Tooth 11 5.8k 227 Ireland
11 Aug 2008 12:42AM
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
12 Feb 2009 4:30PM
Weird, perfectly executed.

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