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May 13, 2015 12:08:11   #
R.G. Loc: Scotland
 
Here's three bracketed shots for anyone who wants to have a go at merging. If you do, could you mention what software you used and what steps you took (i.e. post-merge editing, whether you used de-ghosting or not etc).

PS - I'd recommend aligning the images during merging. The camera was tripod-mounted, but it was a blustery sort of day.

JPG here, DNG to follow.

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May 13, 2015 12:17:14   #
R.G. Loc: Scotland
 
DNG versions.

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Link to +2 offset DNG.
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May 13, 2015 15:47:28   #
SonyA580 Loc: FL in the winter & MN in the summer
 
IMHO, the straight shot would be fine with a little darkening of the sky. Depends on what you're looking for I guess. I'm interested in seeing what others come up with.

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May 14, 2015 09:02:08   #
JimH123 Loc: Morgan Hill, CA
 
R.G. wrote:
Here's three bracketed shots for anyone who wants to have a go at merging. If you do, could you mention what software you used and what steps you took (i.e. post-merge editing, whether you used de-ghosting or not etc).

PS - I'd recommend aligning the images during merging. The camera was tripod-mounted, but it was a blustery sort of day.

JPG here, DNG to follow.

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Here is one possibility. Used NIK's HDR Efex Pro 2. Started in Lightroom, then exported to HDR Efex pro 2, then back to Lightroom to fine tune and to make sure it wasn't overcooked.

Once it was uploaded, it looked too dark. Went back and increased the brightness which is the 2nd image.

HDR with NIK Efex Pro 2
HDR with NIK Efex Pro 2...
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Another adjust - brightened just a bit
Another adjust - brightened just a bit...
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May 14, 2015 11:15:20   #
JimH123 Loc: Morgan Hill, CA
 
JimH123 wrote:
Here is one possibility. Used NIK's HDR Efex Pro 2. Started in Lightroom, then exported to HDR Efex pro 2, then back to Lightroom to fine tune and to make sure it wasn't overcooked.

Once it was uploaded, it looked too dark. Went back and increased the brightness which is the 2nd image.


Now that I am at work, I looked at this again. On my work LCD monitor, it seems to have a much stronger blue cast to it than I saw on my home LCD monitor, which is color calibrated. This image will look different on different monitors.

I also dragged the image on my work PC from the right monitor to the left monitor, and again it looks different (not as blue). A calibrated monitor will make a big difference.

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May 14, 2015 12:15:12   #
R.G. Loc: Scotland
 
JimH123 wrote:
Now that I am at work, I looked at this again. On my work LCD monitor, it seems to have a much stronger blue cast to it than I saw on my home LCD monitor, which is color calibrated. This image will look different on different monitors......


On my screen there doesn't seem to be much of a blue cast but the blue of the sky seems just a bit too strong to be considered natural. Even in the brighter version all the colours seem to be a bit on the pronounced side. And on my monitor, even the brighter version seems a bit on the dark side.

Maybe the colours will normalise if you brighten the shot a bit more. The good thing about HDR is you don't have to worry about noise etc if you brighten dark areas of the shot. Thanks for participating, JH.

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May 14, 2015 12:38:32   #
SoHillGuy Loc: Washington
 
Photomatix - Boats selected for Ghost Control, Fusion Natural: Strength 8.8; Shadow 5.5; Local Contrast 2.0; White Clip 5.1; Mid Tone 4.3; Color Saturation 2.9, Final Touch Magenta green 41. Post Processed PS CS5 - Topaz Detail micro adjust .25 Boost 0.10 with green set to -0.33. Noise reduction via Neat Image.

Missed the car for deghosting, darn. Nothing I could do regarding the moving clouds.

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May 14, 2015 13:20:46   #
R.G. Loc: Scotland
 
SoHillGuy wrote:
Photomatix - Boats selected for Ghost Control, Fusion Natural: Strength 8.8; Shadow 5.5; Local Contrast 2.0; White Clip 5.1; Mid Tone 4.3; Color Saturation 2.9, Final Touch Magenta green 41. Post Processed PS CS5 - Topaz Detail micro adjust .25 Boost 0.10 with green set to -0.33. Noise reduction via Neat Image.

Missed the car for deghosting, darn. Nothing I could do regarding the moving clouds.


Thanks for the details, SoHillGuy. Sorry for the delay in answering - the download took quite a while (all 16.5 MB of it). With a file that big, there's quite a bit of leeway for further editing. I would say all the clouds need is a bit of softening.

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May 14, 2015 13:39:51   #
JimH123 Loc: Morgan Hill, CA
 
R.G. wrote:
On my screen there doesn't seem to be much of a blue cast but the blue of the sky seems just a bit too strong to be considered natural. Even in the brighter version all the colours seem to be a bit on the pronounced side. And on my monitor, even the brighter version seems a bit on the dark side.

Maybe the colours will normalise if you brighten the shot a bit more. The good thing about HDR is you don't have to worry about noise etc if you brighten dark areas of the shot. Thanks for participating, JH.
On my screen there doesn't seem to be much of a bl... (show quote)


I will lighten it some tonight after work.

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May 14, 2015 17:01:00   #
SoHillGuy Loc: Washington
 
Single 0 Photomatix, PP in CS5


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May 14, 2015 18:15:21   #
llindstrand Loc: Seattle Metro
 
Nik EfLex Pro 2 + filter from Jason Odell--hyper realistic; OnOne Effects 9--Color Enhance-increase color;Dynamic Contrast; Lighten
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May 14, 2015 20:12:12   #
JimH123 Loc: Morgan Hill, CA
 
R.G. wrote:
On my screen there doesn't seem to be much of a blue cast but the blue of the sky seems just a bit too strong to be considered natural. Even in the brighter version all the colours seem to be a bit on the pronounced side. And on my monitor, even the brighter version seems a bit on the dark side.

Maybe the colours will normalise if you brighten the shot a bit more. The good thing about HDR is you don't have to worry about noise etc if you brighten dark areas of the shot. Thanks for participating, JH.
On my screen there doesn't seem to be much of a bl... (show quote)


Here it is brightened a bit more.

Brightened a little bit more by about 1 EV
Brightened a little bit more by about 1 EV...
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May 15, 2015 03:33:17   #
andrew.haysom Loc: Melbourne, Australia
 
Here's my edit.


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May 15, 2015 11:38:04   #
R.G. Loc: Scotland
 
SoHillGuy wrote:
Single 0 Photomatix, PP in CS5


I'm not sure if it's your editing or whatever but I'd have to say that the merge shot looks somehow more robust (if you know what I mean). Did you have to edit the single shot with a lighter hand?

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May 15, 2015 11:40:08   #
bdk Loc: Sanibel Fl.
 
here is my version , photomatix, then PS camera RAW then Topaz adjust...



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