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Dec 18, 2014 14:49:28   #
scootersurfs Loc: Washington, Utah
 
Here are a few images; all 3 exposures 1 stop apart. Trying my hand at this process using only HDR Pro in Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5. I don't really know if these are good or not?
Any comments welcome and thanks in advance...

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Dec 18, 2014 15:24:29   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington
 
The second set is a very interesting image for all the reflections in the floor, the wall angles, and the lights (on the wall and elsewhere).

The third and fourth series are interesting for the compositions of appealing curves in the staircase and the texture, colors, shapes in the railing design and the carpet.

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Dec 18, 2014 15:48:05   #
scootersurfs Loc: Washington, Utah
 
Linda From Maine wrote:
The second set is a very interesting image for all the reflections in the floor, the wall angles, and the lights (on the wall and elsewhere).

The third and fourth series are interesting for the compositions of appealing curves in the staircase and the texture, colors, shapes in the railing design and the carpet.

Thanks so much Linda; that's what I was striving for. I always enjoy your images, and I think you're one of the best photographers on the Hog. Appreciate your concise comments.

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Dec 18, 2014 16:02:00   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington
 
scootersurfs wrote:
Thanks so much Linda; that's what I was striving for. I always enjoy your images, and I think you're one of the best photographers on the Hog. Appreciate your concise comments.


Thank you kindly :)

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Dec 18, 2014 18:00:14   #
joe west Loc: Taylor, Michigan
 
scootersurfs wrote:
Here are a few images; all 3 exposures 1 stop apart. Trying my hand at this process using only HDR Pro in Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5. I don't really know if these are good or not?
Any comments welcome and thanks in advance...


there all good, but number is the best, my opinion only

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Dec 18, 2014 19:11:57   #
scootersurfs Loc: Washington, Utah
 
joe west wrote:
there all good, but number is the best, my opinion only
Glad you liked number ? Thanks for the nice comments Joe.

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Dec 18, 2014 20:00:40   #
Billyspad Loc: The Philippines
 
Number 2 is great my man. Really good HDR work.
Number 1 I think just needs the blue/cyan taking back a tad and will be spot on.
The staircase shots seem over strong process wise almost as if you used a different method. You have some pretty strong halos going on.
Try a softer proccess more suited to interior shots or take the three exposures back into HDR Pro and merge them as a 32 bit Tiff. This will open in Photoshop. Take that image into Camera Raw and tweak it until you get what you like. Then stack your HDR image and this new file you created with the HDR on top. Adjust opacity to get result you like and maybe use a layer mask to brush through certain areas such as if you are still getting halos showing.
If you have a tripod available take 5 exposures and that will give you more control over the light bulbs which are a little bit blown in your first two images.

Billyspad

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Dec 19, 2014 11:10:42   #
scootersurfs Loc: Washington, Utah
 
Billyspad wrote:
Number 2 is great my man. Really good HDR work.
Number 1 I think just needs the blue/cyan taking back a tad and will be spot on.
The staircase shots seem over strong process wise almost as if you used a different method. You have some pretty strong halos going on.
Try a softer proccess more suited to interior shots or take the three exposures back into HDR Pro and merge them as a 32 bit Tiff. This will open in Photoshop. Take that image into Camera Raw and tweak it until you get what you like. Then stack your HDR image and this new file you created with the HDR on top. Adjust opacity to get result you like and maybe use a layer mask to brush through certain areas such as if you are still getting halos showing.
If you have a tripod available take 5 exposures and that will give you more control over the light bulbs which are a little bit blown in your first two images.

Billyspad
Number 2 is great my man. Really good HDR work. br... (show quote)
Thanks so much Billy, for the detailed advice. I will try to process the stairways again, as I did process in 16 bit. I did use a tripod on all shots. My camera only does 3 auto exposures, but I guess I could just do the 5 shots manually. My next camera will hopefully have more bracket choices/numbers. I shoot with a Canon 60D. I agree that the stairways are over the top. I tend to hurry thru my pp and should really take more time there. Thanks again. By the way, I really enjoy your work.

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Dec 19, 2014 18:49:41   #
Billyspad Loc: The Philippines
 
scootersurfs wrote:
Thanks so much Billy, for the detailed advice. I will try to process the stairways again, as I did process in 16 bit. I did use a tripod on all shots. My camera only does 3 auto exposures, but I guess I could just do the 5 shots manually. My next camera will hopefully have more bracket choices/numbers. I shoot with a Canon 60D. I agree that the stairways are over the top. I tend to hurry thru my pp and should really take more time there. Thanks again. By the way, I really enjoy your work.


Hya scooter my man I am no expert but have been doing HDR a few years so you learn as you go along.
The lights are only a small issue and 3 images is fine 90% of the time. You just need more when you have a seriously bright or dark areas in the scene.
Just practice practice and practice some more is all I would say. Your first two are really good and on the staircase you did what we all did when we start which is push the process because you can not because you should.
You probably notice I do a lot of cars and vehicles. I love all vehicles for some reason and as practice items for you they would be great. Avoid any sky in the shots as sky takes a bit of practice to get right. A vehicle in sunlight up against a wall is what you want. You got color texture and a subject that will not move. Perfect HDR material. You got shadow to bring out under the vehicle and highlights to bring down. Make the composition interesting by shooting from ground level maybe. Hand held is fine for this
Let me know if I can help in anyway. Its no problem

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Dec 19, 2014 19:27:42   #
scootersurfs Loc: Washington, Utah
 
Billyspad wrote:
Hya scooter my man I am no expert but have been doing HDR a few years so you learn as you go along.
The lights are only a small issue and 3 images is fine 90% of the time. You just need more when you have a seriously bright or dark areas in the scene.
Just practice practice and practice some more is all I would say. Your first two are really good and on the staircase you did what we all did when we start which is push the process because you can not because you should.
You probably notice I do a lot of cars and vehicles. I love all vehicles for some reason and as practice items for you they would be great. Avoid any sky in the shots as sky takes a bit of practice to get right. A vehicle in sunlight up against a wall is what you want. You got color texture and a subject that will not move. Perfect HDR material. You got shadow to bring out under the vehicle and highlights to bring down. Make the composition interesting by shooting from ground level maybe. Hand held is fine for this
Let me know if I can help in anyway. Its no problem
Hya scooter my man I am no expert but have been do... (show quote)

Awesome stuff Billy!! Thanks so much; never knew the 3 shots vs more than 3 exposures with regard to really bright spots. Good info. Thanks again and I will take your suggestion and do some vehicles as well.

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Dec 19, 2014 21:29:16   #
bcheary Loc: Jacksonville, FL
 
scootersurfs wrote:
Here are a few images; all 3 exposures 1 stop apart. Trying my hand at this process using only HDR Pro in Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5. I don't really know if these are good or not?
Any comments welcome and thanks in advance...


They all looked good to me. :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Dec 20, 2014 11:56:49   #
scootersurfs Loc: Washington, Utah
 
bcheary wrote:
They all looked good to me. :thumbup: :thumbup:
I'm happy you like them bcheary. Thanks for commenting.

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Nov 15, 2021 15:18:06   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
scootersurfs wrote:
Here are a few images; all 3 exposures 1 stop apart. Trying my hand at this process using only HDR Pro in Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5. I don't really know if these are good or not?
Any comments welcome and thanks in advance...


You did some awesome work 🏆🏆🏆

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