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Old 12-28-2008   #1
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Well drug out my tripod and set up this shot to try out this HDR stuff.
First time so any C&C would be GREAT!

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Old 12-28-2008   #2
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I am just a beginner myself but I don't think that you have enough exposeure information.

the trees and the sky don't have enough detail.

Nice first try though.

How many exposures? What is the stop difference?

I use 5 images with 2 stop difference.

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Old 12-28-2008   #3
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I'd have to agree. It looks like a single exposure that's been tone mapped, but it's a good first go.

You can still make HDR's from a single exposure. In ACR, make a couple copies that are overexposed, underexposed, and have other density tweeks (like fill), then combine in your HDR software. It still doesn't get all the dynamic range but it gets more than 1 exposures worth. As usual, finish it up in Photoshop.
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This was a 3 shot spread E-2/NE/E+2 I did take 5 shots E-2/E-1/NE/E+1/E+2 maybe I should try it with all 5?? Or should I just use the E-1/NE/E+1
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OK did a aother version using the E-1/NE/E+1 and I do I think it's better as far as the the trees go.
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heh...I actually the first one better!
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The second one has more detail in the trees beyond the bridge so the 2 extra exposures did increased the dynamic range. That's good to know.
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I think you did a good job all around. Sometimes conditions just don't produce the best results with an HDR. -2,0,+2 should be more than enough infomation for this scene IMO. Perhaps playing with the sliders a bit more in Photomatix? It looks like the micro smoothing may have been to high? What makes me think that is it looks like a noise ninja or something was ran at to high of a level and the detail in the trees was lost. Almost mudded out in a way?? Micr-smoothing will also do that to a degree

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I like the second one better since there is more detail in the background.

I am trying to learn too so keep up the effort, you can only get better.

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I want to thank you guys for all the C&C!!

Jay, do you think there is a "better" time or "condition" to shoot a subject such as the Nicholson Bridge for HDR? That was shot during a windy, overcast day. I'm sure some of the lost detail was from the trees blowing around. I'm also assuming that if i go back down the road here and re-shoot the bridge during the calm the details will be better. But I'm wondering about light condition's. Is there a optimal time/light condition to shoot HDR's from your experience?

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