My 1st HDR

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by grooveattack, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. grooveattack macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2008
    So thanks to the fine people that helped me out with this on MR (wheezy, anubis, juanster, ChrisA, among others...) I took their advise and this is what i got:

    i think its a dam good first try if i do say so myself!
    thanks guys, i will keep experimenting.

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  2. yrsonicdeath macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    I like it. It's much better than my first attempt which I would be embarrassed to post anywhere. Which method did you use?
  3. grooveattack thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2008
    Just 3 different exposures of the scene (taken on the camera rather than generating my own) then using photomatrix to 'fiddle' for awhile until some mildly good came out the other end. :)
  4. yrsonicdeath macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    Cool, I really need to try that program out. I haven't been satisfied with my results from CS3.
  5. grooveattack thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2008
    i tried it in a trial version on cs4 and it just comes no where near photomatrix for HDR stuff, its good.
  6. rjg001 macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2007
    Nice shot.

    Interestingly, I think my first HDR was one of my best because I didn't try to do too much. The next several times I tried it, I always seemed to over process the photo or simply couldn't get it to come out the way I wanted.
  7. jv-iphone macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2007
    Sorry but it really just looks like an normal photo, the thing about HDR is the detail that is brought out throughout the whole pictures and the vibrant colors, you might want to do some more tonal mapping, alot of detail is lost in the trees.. here is an example of my first HDR, you could see from the original normal exposure and the final HDR composite with Tonal mapping the detail that is brought out in the fence and trees..keep working on it..


  8. anubis macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2003
    I disagree. I think grooveattack's new HDR effort is pretty good. Lots of detail, good choice of scenery this time, and a pretty good tone mapping effort.
  9. yrsonicdeath macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    I disagree also, just because an HDR image isn't over the top doesn't mean it does not have merit. I think with this particular image his restraint may have improved the outcome.
  10. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Not bad. Next time I would go for a scene at a different time of day, it looks like you took the images at high noon when the lighting is not so great.

    I'm not particularly enamored with your image either. First of all the scene is too flat to begin with- there's no added benefit to HDR. The HDR image is uninteresting other than what seems to be some sort of a white halo around the trees after the post processing (I see little to no difference in the fence, personally). I guess there is a little more detail in the sky, but other than that there's not a whole lot of contrast to bring out. There aren't any vibrant colors to be brought out either, mostly due to the early-evening lighting conditions.
  11. H2Ockey macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2008
    Have you been to an area like that or tried to take a photo like that one? The HDR brought out a lot I would say. I can look at that shot and imagine what the original was like. There are color combinations in a shot like that that will only be visilbe with multiple exposures. I think it is a great shot, and an excellent first attempt at HDR.

    I would agree however that a different time of day with some angle to the light source would add a lot.
  12. grooveattack thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2008
    yeah the light was massive headache. All weekend it was gray and over cast so i could not be picky, but thanks for the comments.
  13. svndmvn Guest

    Nov 6, 2007
    I guess everyone would like to see the original..
    in my opinion it's a great HDR, did you use a tripod? tried AEB and BULB mode?in order to get less motion as there was probably wind that moved the trees and leaves through the shots? I might be wrong though

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