Motorcycles in HDR - Post Yours Here!

Discussion in 'Photos' started by dave6253, May 10, 2012.

  1. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,053
    Location:
    SoCal
    That is a terrific example of how HDR looks. Thanks. I understand now why my vacation pics NEVER look like when we was there.
  2. TxLoneRider

    TxLoneRider Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2010
    Oddometer:
    343
    Location:
    Tejas
    edit: I wanted to add, it really amazes me, the human eye can adjust fast enough, that when you scan over the surroundings you can see the detail. HDR makes it possible to see the image a lot closer to the way I see it.

    From (-2EV, 0EV (standard), +2EV)
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Gives:
    [​IMG]

    You can see where the detail is pulled from each of the pictures. Not a lot from -2EV. In fact, a lot of the pictures, I do not include it. Especially if there is a lot of wind, I will just use 0EV and +2EV.
  3. mattharris75

    mattharris75 n00b

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2013
    Oddometer:
    4
    Location:
    Huntsville, AL
    Fake HDR using a GIMP plug-in, taken with my Samsung Galaxy S3:

    [​IMG]
  4. hogdoc

    hogdoc Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 23, 2011
    Oddometer:
    255
    Location:
    Id Ho
    Another one from the shop

    [​IMG]
  5. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

    Joined:
    May 1, 2006
    Oddometer:
    3,236
    Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Google has purchased the Nik Software and recently lowered the price to only $149 for the entire suite of their products.
    I have always heard great things about some of their software, especially the Silver Efex Pro for black and white conversions.
    So I downloaded a 15 day free trial to test it out. At first I didn't like any of the products. After a couple days I pretty much decided
    that I wouldn't purchase it. However; the more I play around with it the more I like it. I really like the Silver Efex Pro and am even
    starting to find how to get looks I like in HDR Efex Pro 2. It will not completely replace Photomatix Pro as I still think that is the
    best HDR software, but I often end up with many photos looking the same by using the same software. I now have an option for
    achieving different looks. I'll have to pony up the $149 when my trial runs out.

    Here are two different sunsets from this week using Nik Software HDR Efex Pro 2.


    [​IMG]




    [​IMG]
  6. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2010
    Oddometer:
    2,102
    Location:
    Michigan... temporarily
    ^^^^^ THAT is what HDR is for! Improving the details throughout a picture with off lighting. It is NOT making it look cartooney and overprocessed. I love seeing HDR being PROPERLY used! Great shot(s).
  7. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,053
    Location:
    SoCal
    These look fantastic. I'm assuming simulated HDR? Would u mind posting the original pics for comparison?
  8. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

    Joined:
    May 1, 2006
    Oddometer:
    3,236
    Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Dorzok, Why would you assume "simulated HDR"? The camera is pointed directly into the sun, which would require any camera to bracket exposures to capture all of the dynamic range of light. These are 5 exposure brackets merged to real HDR in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2.
  9. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

    Joined:
    May 1, 2006
    Oddometer:
    3,236
    Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Here is one HDR with the 5 brackets (JPEG previews of the unprocessed RAW files)
    [​IMG]
  10. TxLoneRider

    TxLoneRider Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2010
    Oddometer:
    343
    Location:
    Tejas
    I've been playing with the Nik software as well. Although no motorcycle, it does have HDR, and then Silver EFX PRO 2. The exposures where taken at the Dallas Arboretum during at the Chihuly exhibit in the fall.

    [​IMG]
  11. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

    Joined:
    May 1, 2006
    Oddometer:
    3,236
    Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
    The term "Simulated HDR" I would only apply to a single image processed in a non HDR program to create a look similar to the look associated with HDR. Any time you use an HDR software program to create an HDR with tonemapping, exposure fusion etc, then it is not simulated (even if this is done with a single exposure).

    I believe it was Geek that threw out the term "simulated HDR" and said most of the images in this thread are not true HDRs. (Correct me if I am wrong.)
    While some here are simulating HDR with non-HDR software, I do not think that is the majority of the images here.
    For you HDR simulators, If you like the HDR look, then get yourself some HDR software and learn to use it. It isn't hard.
  12. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,053
    Location:
    SoCal
    simply because i know nothing of photography and all the software talk in the original post led me to surmise digital fancy pantsing. that's all.

    thanks for post the brackets (?).

    are all digital DSLRs capable of true HDR?
  13. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

    Joined:
    May 1, 2006
    Oddometer:
    3,236
    Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Any camera that you can control the exposure some will work, including many point-n-shoots, but it helps to have a camera that shoots RAW files and auto-brackets. A wider range of auto-bracketing capability is better. Mine shoots up to 5 exposures 2 E/V apart automatically, which is usually enough to properly expose the sun and a dark canyon at the same time. My Olympus PEN shoots auto-brackets, but only 3 at 1 E/V apart, which doesn't help most scenes.
  14. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,053
    Location:
    SoCal
    :thumb

    time to brake out the user manual. now that i know what i'm looking for
  15. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004
    Oddometer:
    1,515
    Location:
    Concord, CA
    What camera are you using that shoots the 5 exposures 2 E/V apart?

    Do you use a tripod or mount to take these photos?

    Awesome sunset photos BTW.

    JG
  16. Merfman

    Merfman Trustin' my cape...

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2009
    Oddometer:
    910
    Love this, nice work Dave!

    Do you find the Photomatix Pro to be that much better than Essentials? I'm thinking of upgrading... thanks for any opinions.
  17. motocopter

    motocopter new place explorer

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,071
    Location:
    Colorado now, but looking to bounce
    I realize this is can be a technical thread, but the great images are worth the view.

    :thumb

    To all the posters with great photos!
  18. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

    Joined:
    May 1, 2006
    Oddometer:
    3,236
    Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Thanks JG. I use a Pentax K-5. I often shoot handheld brackets, but you must keep an eye on the shutter speed as the overexposed shots in the brackets often require a tripod. A tripod will prevent much cursing when you later you realize some of the shots are not sharp or the set won't align correctly. If you are using a camera without auto-bracketing in quick succession you will want a tripod to ensure alignment.

    I've not used the HDR features of any Adobe product, but the reviews I've read always have Photomatix coming out on top and I really like it. There's an easy way to find out which program works better for the looks you are trying to achieve. Try them all out. Most (if not all) of the software companies allow you to download trial versions. It sounds like you may already have Essentials. I would suggest you try Photomatix Pro. When that trial runs out, try the Nik HDR Efex Pro 2. Buy all of them you can afford and think you will use. I only own Photomatix Pro now, but plan to also add HDR Efex Pro 2.
  19. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2010
    Oddometer:
    2,102
    Location:
    Michigan... temporarily
    Most high end HDR programs will automatically match features and align the images for you if you are shooting without a tripod. I know Photomatix does.
  20. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

    Joined:
    May 1, 2006
    Oddometer:
    3,236
    Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Great photo TxLoneRider, but you are really trying to drive the internet photography community crazy, huh? :D If there is anything many armchair internet critics on photography forums love to hate on more than HDR, it's selective color. I'm not sure why. Why are the "rules" for still photography so different than for cinema? One of the greatest, and most highly acclaimed movies ever was shot in selective color in a very emotionally moving way. Can you name it?


    Thanks for the nice compliment MiteyF. You threw out a couple adjectives that are often used describing HDRs. I'll bet if I posted the two images you commented on to a photography forum there would be many there that would disagree with you. I'm sure the critiques would include many adjectives, including; Over-processed, Over-saturated, Cartoonish, Not-realistic, Fake, etc... Many would prefer the same image in B&W. Even though I can appreciate a good B&W, since I am not color-blind I fail to see how it is more realistic than the color version.

    [​IMG]

    Why do we line up to watch the latest blockbuster movie with all sorts of fake CGI effects in over-saturated colors and cartoonish digital tweaking, but then apply a different set of standards to what we prefer in still photography? Why do we insist that still photography somehow be closer to boring, drab reality? Why is it so many consider a photograph to be a documentation of reality versus a valid form of art?

    Photography has never really been that good at documenting reality. I've decided to do whatever I think looks good and ignore the critics and I urge more here to do the same. They are your photographs. Screw with them in any manner you wish.:evil

    Here is another photographer I've discovered recently that uses HDR with incredible results.
    You could easily describe her work as cartoonish. If that's so, I LOVE CARTOONS!:D
    http://www.barbcochranphotography.com/
    [​IMG]

    I feel better. Rant Off (For Now):lol3