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Old 05-03-2013, 09:57 AM   #946
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:00 PM   #947
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Good effort, I like that one. It has a graphic/printmaking quality about it. As it all done in Photomatix or have you been Photoshoppin' too?

Oh yeah, the bike looks brilliant as well. I do like the look of those CB750 motors, although that looks like it's a lot more than a CB750!
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:34 PM   #948
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A pic I snapped the other day in front of a beaver dam.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:47 PM   #949
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Interesting your comparing my image to printmaking as I majored in lithography and my art concept has much to do with the process of layering of color to create an image.
I am old school trying to play new school tech and the images in this thread are incredible.
Here's the same bike, a period modified CB750, w/o boosting of the image.
http://imageshack.us/a/img844/6576/imagetov.jpg
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:14 PM   #950
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:47 PM   #951
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Interesting your comparing my image to printmaking as I majored in lithography and my art concept has much to do with the process of layering of color to create an image.
I am old school trying to play new school tech and the images in this thread are incredible.
Here's the same bike, a period modified CB750, w/o boosting of the image.
http://imageshack.us/a/img844/6576/imagetov.jpg
Ah, your reply makes even more sense of your image now. I'm in the same position, analogue arts education using that knowledge in the digital arena.

Anyway, great image.


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Old 05-07-2013, 04:59 PM   #953
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Wow. What a great, great thread. Some of you guys are seriously, seriously skilled. Thanks for introducing me to the world of HDR. I was totally ignorant of it as the furthest I ever got into photography was dodging and burning back in the days of D-76 and Ilford HP4. My Pentax Z50 long ago departed this mortal plane and I've been cell-phoning it ever since.

Having an iPhone 5 and reading the first 20 pages of the thread, I sprung a whole 170 to buy Pro HDR. Dang! What a neat little program. I was out for a walk the other day and played a bit. The results are decent, I think.


Cute little Suzuki lurking in the shadows

The bike shot presented an object lesson in bracketing hand-held. I have alignment issues here, but the processing (about 30 seconds to desaturate and then fiddle with contrast) makes an investment in at least a monopod and an iPhone adapter a no-brainer.


Twilight under the trees

Shot with the phone on the ground for both stability and perspective. I don't mind the slightly overblown sky as the detail in the shadow down the path is what I wanted anyway. Pro HDR normalizes over 2 shots, so this is about as much as one could hope for, I think.

Heck of a deal. Makes me want to get a DSLR and do some real bracket shooting.

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Old 05-08-2013, 05:29 PM   #954
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Great stuff, nachtflug and Geek!

Trane Francks, Your photos are not displaying.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:44 PM   #956
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Trane Francks, Your photos are not displaying.
Are others having issues with that? I just checked with different browsers and on different computers in different cities (the joy of remote server admin) and was not able to reproduce the problem. In the meantime, you might get different results pasting the links directly into your browser:

http://www.living-intentionally.com/...0327-1024p.JPG
http://www.living-intentionally.com/...0336-1024p.JPG

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Old 05-10-2013, 02:29 AM   #957
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Are others having issues with that? I just checked with different browsers and on different computers in different cities (the joy of remote server admin) and was not able to reproduce the problem. In the meantime, you might get different results pasting the links directly into your browser:

http://www.living-intentionally.com/...0327-1024p.JPG
http://www.living-intentionally.com/...0336-1024p.JPG

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Nope - seeing them just fine.

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Happy Anniversary HDR Aficionados!

That's right! It's been 365 days since this thread got underway. Thanks for everyone's contributions!





If you have been following this thread, but haven't tried HDR yourself, Why Not?
(If you hate HDRs, you are STILL in the wrong thread!)
Are you thinking you don't have the right camera for HDRs?
Well, I'm about to destroy that notion.



While on a ride a couple weeks ago I shot some brackets with my DSLR...






...Why not try this with my point-n-shoot?
I pulled out my aging Panasonic Lumix ZS-5.
Just after sunset I shot these 3 bracketed exposures of the same scene.











This is the result of merging the above photos in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2...




...And the same photos merged in Photomatix Pro 4.2.






And a slightly different composition and treatment. Also from the point-n-shoot.




I tried to shoot this same scene using my cell phone, but the foreground was so dark I couldn't overcome the severe noise to get a decent result.
I have tried to do this with a point-n-shoot several times before and couldn't get proper alignment. I can often hand-hold the DSLR because it shoots
the brackets so quickly, but with the point-n-shoot I have to go into the menu to change the exposure setting between each shot.
It becomes difficult to get proper alignment either automatically or manually because with the time delay it is near impossible to not change, not only the composition, but the perspective.

So. If your camera doesn't auto-bracket, or it won't auto-bracket with wide enough exposures, then save yourself frustration and wasted opportunities by using a tripod.

Wednesday, I rode up to the Grand Canyon for another experiment.

With the camera on the tripod, I turned on the 2 second delay to get my shaky throttle hand off the camera.



With the camera set on P mode I used the top button of the 4-way control pad to access the exposure adjustment setting.
The symbol is usually the little square with a +/- symbol.
Here it is set to the normal exposure setting.





Using the 4-way control pad you can adjust it up 2 exposure values...





Or down 2 exposure values.





There are other ways to adjust the exposure on most cameras you may want to explore, especially if your camera is reading the scene wrong to begin with.
Shutter Speed would be my first choice, but the above method is the simplest.

I made no changes to the original JPEGs before sending them to Photomatix Pro.

I don't usually use presets, but this time I found one that worked. The preset is part of Trey Ratcliff's preset package and is named "Finding Uncle Remo".
I cleaned it up a little in Lightroom 3.6, and here is the final result.



Could it work with a cellphone?

I held the cellphone on top of the tripod in order to limit my movement during all of the menu manipulations.
Here's the ugly cellphone JPEGs. As bad as these are, I'm amazed to see nearly everyone else using these things for pictures.
This scene became even more dynamic with a cloud now shading the bike.







The 1st cellphone HDR that I've successfully processed.



As you can see, this can be done with almost any camera. Get to shootin' and don't forget to share.







Here's a few more recent shots I've been saving for this day.







On Wednesday I watched the sunset at Lipan Point near the east end of the South Rim Drive.
I then rode all the way back to Phoenix in only 3 hours, only stopping once for fuel.













I found a new mural in Phoenix and shot this with my little Olympus Pen.

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Trane Francks, Maybe it is just me, but I've tried 3 browsers on 2 different devices and the links also do not work.
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