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Old 05-14-2012, 07:31 PM   #31
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If you shoot motorcycle HDRs, share them here!
Dave, thanks for starting this thread. I've been wanting to stick my toes in the HDR water, so to speak, and this thread has provided the perfect inspiration. Great pix all!

I've gone ahead and downloaded Photomatix Essentials, figured out how to set my camera to take bracketed photos (alas, it'll only take three at a time, so I've programmed it to shoot in two-stop increments), and looking forward to getting out on the Road King this weekend and giving HDR a try. I'll post up here when I've (hopefully) got something to show off.

This photo was processed with Photomatix using four photos that weren't technically bracketed, but all exposed slightly differently, and more or less taken back to back from the same spot. If you look closely, particularly on the grass shoulder in the lower left, you can see (I think) some motion artifact (and I think I'm seeing some cloning in the clouds?) and the finished product surely doesn't have the full range of a set of for-real bracketed photos processed in HDR, but I wanted to start learning the software, and I'm pretty pleased with the results all in all. I like their noise reduction feature, too, particularly for a photo like this where I was trying to retain the soft, "silky" morning lighting. Fun stuff.


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Old 05-14-2012, 08:10 PM   #32
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:53 PM   #33
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That's an awesome photo Fast Ferris. In case you haven't noticed, it's been repeatedly nominated in the Front Page Photo Candidate page. That's pretty cool, being one of your first HDRs. I love the angle of the bike facing the sun rays.

I almost missed the bike in yours lexluther11. Nice effect. Is that Baja?

Alcan Rider, That first one is an absolute stunner. I love how much detail you were able to get of the mountain. Did you have to de-ghost the rider? That mountain must be kind of large. Is that Denali?

sfarson, Your shot is beautiful and reminds me I need to get back to Colorado on 2 wheels.
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:31 PM   #34
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Alcan Rider, That first one is an absolute stunner. I love how much detail you were able to get of the mountain. Did you have to de-ghost the rider? That mountain must be kind of large. Is that Denali?
When I spotted that shot I was following my buddy and had to hurry to catch him and have him go back up the road so I could get it. There wasn't much traffic... until I tried to take the photo. No shoulder for either of us, so the first attempt was the only one. He cooperated by not moving long enough for me to get the bracketed shots so no deghosting was necessary. By using a fairly strong telephoto from nearly 1/4 mile behind him, it brought the mountain in much closer than the 40 miles or so it actually is. Came out better than I had expected.

That's Mt Drum, just 12,110', but it can be made to look pretty high and impressive.
The referenced shot was from the north side. Here it is from the west side -
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:51 PM   #35
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Dang, these pics are suhweeet.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:20 AM   #37
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:42 AM   #38
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I have a good HDR shot but my bike isnt in it

I do have a question. So I have to manually adjust my exposure for each shot when I shoot HDR.

To get people in the shot, must you have an automatic HDR setting where it rapidfires? I see that as the only way, as people can't sit still enough for 5 individual tripod shots.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:46 AM   #39
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That's an awesome photo Fast Ferris. In case you haven't noticed, it's been repeatedly nominated in the Front Page Photo Candidate page.
Thanks Dave. Yeah, my buddy Prior nominated the photo (I was actually headed up to Meadows of Dan that morning to meet him for breakfast). It's pretty flattering, and it'd be an honor if it was in rotation here on ADV.

Great pix all, please keep 'em coming!!
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:03 AM   #40
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I have a good HDR shot but my bike isnt in it

I do have a question. So I have to manually adjust my exposure for each shot when I shoot HDR.

To get people in the shot, must you have an automatic HDR setting where it rapidfires? I see that as the only way, as people can't sit still enough for 5 individual tripod shots.
With Photomatix Pro you can use the "semi-automatic" deghosting feature, or manually select which of the five image's people will remain in the finished picture.
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:08 PM   #43
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Old 05-15-2012, 02:34 PM   #44
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With Photomatix Pro you can use the "semi-automatic" deghosting feature, or manually select which of the five image's people will remain in the finished picture.
Good to know, thanks Alcan Rider.
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