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Jan 10, 2012 10:38:03   #
Adirondack Hiker Loc: Southern Adirondacks
 
Using a D5000, with a Nikon 18-105 mm lens, set to a focal length of 24 mm @ f/16, I bracketed 3 images at 1.5 sec, 0.7 sec and 0.3 sec, ISO 200, Aperature priority. I worked up HDR's in three different programs, Photomatrix Light, Elements 8 and Dynamic HDR. Even though they all started with the same data, the results were very diffent. In the Photomatrix one, there appears to be less water coming down the falls. It was also bluer, so I color corrected the water in Elements. The HDR worked up in AUTO mode of Elements 8 was just totally blah. It was very flat. I was most pleased with Dynamic HDR, the image was very vibrant. Try more than one program, to see what works best for you, not all programs are created equal.

Photomatrix
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Jan 10, 2012 17:03:02   #
fotogk Loc: Tuftonboro, NH
 
are these the results you get without tone mapping or the default tone map. HDR allows so much creative input when tone mapping and each program uses a different logarithm. The program to use is the one you feel obtains the look and feel you want with an easy of use.

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Jan 11, 2012 04:48:42   #
Adirondack Hiker Loc: Southern Adirondacks
 
fotogk wrote:
are these the results you get without tone mapping or the default tone map. HDR allows so much creative input when tone mapping and each program uses a different logarithm. The program to use is the one you feel obtains the look and feel you want with an easy of use.


Photomatrix and Dynamic HDR both tone map.

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Jan 11, 2012 06:05:41   #
arphot Loc: Massachusetts
 
Odd how there's a lot of brown in all of them. I'd love to work these myself. Oh, and yes I'm going to say it: Photomatix not Photomatrix

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Jan 11, 2012 07:13:24   #
nikonshooter Loc: Spartanburg, South Carolina
 
Adirondack Hiker wrote:
fotogk wrote:
are these the results you get without tone mapping or the default tone map. HDR allows so much creative input when tone mapping and each program uses a different logarithm. The program to use is the one you feel obtains the look and feel you want with an easy of use.


Photomatrix and Dynamic HDR both tone map.


As mentioned earlier.........by using the adjustment sliders you can get about any hue, exposure, saturation, look you want so comparing is not an easy thing. With this exception, which program works best for you.

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Jan 11, 2012 08:52:02   #
SteveH Loc: Putnam Valley NY & Boynton Beach, Fla
 
I for one prefer the effect that you got in your first shot - Photomatix. I like the way the rocks look in the foreground and the shadows show more detail behind the waterfall.

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Jan 11, 2012 09:10:05   #
Abbu Loc: New Jersey
 
Isn't photomatix looks like painting??? I love the first one :)

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Jan 11, 2012 09:33:59   #
Unique Expressions Loc: Wisconsin
 
I LOVE the Dynamic HDR. I think the 1st one is too busy looking or too sharp looking. I vote #3

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Jan 11, 2012 10:24:19   #
docrob Loc: Durango, Colorado
 
Adirondack Hiker wrote:
Using a D5000, with a Nikon 18-105 mm lens, set to a focal length of 24 mm @ f/16, I bracketed 3 images at 1.5 sec, 0.7 sec and 0.3 sec, ISO 200, Aperature priority. I worked up HDR's in three different programs, Photomatrix Light, Elements 8 and Dynamic HDR. Even though they all started with the same data, the results were very diffent. In the Photomatrix one, there appears to be less water coming down the falls. It was also bluer, so I color corrected the water in Elements. The HDR worked up in AUTO mode of Elements 8 was just totally blah. It was very flat. I was most pleased with Dynamic HDR, the image was very vibrant. Try more than one program, to see what works best for you, not all programs are created equal.
Using a D5000, with a Nikon 18-105 mm lens, set to... (show quote)


thank you for taking the time to do that and to share the results with others.

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Jan 11, 2012 10:58:43   #
Phyllis Loc: NE PA
 
Number 3 is nice. Number 1 is awesome. Forget number 2.

Thanks for doing this. I am about to get into HDR, and this clears things up a bit. (Ha, Ha. No pun intended.)

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Jan 11, 2012 11:20:50   #
Adirondack Hiker Loc: Southern Adirondacks
 
arphot wrote:
Odd how there's a lot of brown in all of them. I'd love to work these myself. Oh, and yes I'm going to say it: Photomatix not Photomatrix


Whats an extra "R" among friends. The scene is brownish for two reasons. First, the time of year, the growing season is over, hence brown leave. Second, there is a very high iron oxide level in this area, contributing to the color of the rocks. Actually, there was iron mining here back in the 1800's.

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Jan 11, 2012 13:43:42   #
arphot Loc: Massachusetts
 
Adirondack Hiker wrote:
...The scene is brownish for two reasons. First, the time of year, the growing season is over, hence brown leave. Second, there is a very high iron oxide level in this area, contributing to the color of the rocks. Actually, there was iron mining here back in the 1800's.


Thank you. That makes sense.

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Jan 11, 2012 16:21:14   #
Jambulee Loc: San Antonio del Mar,Tijuana,Mex
 
arphot wrote:
Adirondack Hiker wrote:
...The scene is brownish for two reasons. First, the time of year, the growing season is over, hence brown leave. Second, there is a very high iron oxide level in this area, contributing to the color of the rocks. Actually, there was iron mining here back in the 1800's.


Thank you. That makes sense.


Thanks Adirondack Hiker for introducing me to a new product I did not know it was out there, I'll try out the demo.

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Jan 11, 2012 21:38:00   #
dundeelad Loc: Originally UK. Current West Dundee, Illinois
 
Jambulee wrote:
arphot wrote:
Adirondack Hiker wrote:
...The scene is brownish for two reasons. First, the time of year, the growing season is over, hence brown leave. Second, there is a very high iron oxide level in this area, contributing to the color of the rocks. Actually, there was iron mining here back in the 1800's.


Thank you. That makes sense.


Thanks Adirondack Hiker for introducing me to a new product I did not know it was out there, I'll try out the demo.


Although Photomatix is the 'gold standard' for HDR, in my opinion, There is another program out there that is very very good. HDR- Express. (Just reviewed in Shutterbig Feb edition.) I bought my copy on-line for $30 if I recall. It was written by a professor in texas with his team. The interesting fact about this program is that all processing is done in 32bit so it uses every bit of info in your original raw files. Once processed you can save as 8 or 16bit Tiff's. for further processing.
The program is very user friendly.

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Jan 11, 2012 21:54:58   #
fotogk Loc: Tuftonboro, NH
 
dundeelad wrote:
Jambulee wrote:
arphot wrote:
Adirondack Hiker wrote:
...The scene is brownish for two reasons. First, the time of year, the growing season is over, hence brown leave. Second, there is a very high iron oxide level in this area, contributing to the color of the rocks. Actually, there was iron mining here back in the 1800's.


Thank you. That makes sense.


Thanks Adirondack Hiker for introducing me to a new product I did not know it was out there, I'll try out the demo.

Price is now the same as Photomatix
Although Photomatix is the 'gold standard' for HDR, in my opinion, There is another program out there that is very very good. HDR- Express. (Just reviewed in Shutterbig Feb edition.) I bought my copy on-line for $30 if I recall. It was written by a professor in texas with his team. The interesting fact about this program is that all processing is done in 32bit so it uses every bit of info in your original raw files. Once processed you can save as 8 or 16bit Tiff's. for further processing.
The program is very user friendly.
quote=Jambulee quote=arphot quote=Adirondack Hi... (show quote)

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