My First HDR Landscapes

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by ultimind, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. ultimind

    ultimind

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    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    I've only dabbled in HDR previously... This is my first serious attempt at making a good-looking HDR set. Sunrise and Sunset along Lake Erie, east of Cleveland, and a few shots from the local park.

    Would love to hear some C&C :smile:

    3 shot HDR
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    The following two are HDR from a single D70 NEF file
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    This one is 7 shots I believe
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    This is 11 shots
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  2. The second and last ones do it for me. Good, accurate colors though. I'm in Cleveland too, CWRU Campus :)
     
  3. david, wonderful job there. i really like the last sunset one, and the 2nd single shot one. i have also been working on some HDR's, and i still have no keepers, i really have to get out to the beach or something to get a good sunset one. keep up the great work!
     
  4. kwork

    kwork

    Jun 8, 2006
    NC
    I agree completely with Shane.
    #2 and the last one are both stellar images.
     
  5. ultimind

    ultimind

    990
    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    Thanks all :smile:

    I'm definitely going to be keeping at this HDR stuff... atleast until a camera mfg wises up and makes a camera that has a reasonable amount of dynamic range on the sensor :biggrin:
     
  6. Very nice..... I like the last 2 the best.

    What piece of software are you using?
     
  7. murreywalker

    murreywalker

    588
    Mar 25, 2005
    Very nice, and for a HDR newbie, you're well on your way to realize the true benefit of the software!
     
  8. ultimind

    ultimind

    990
    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    Don - I'm using Photomatix Pro. Tried some of the other apps, but this one offers the best quality, for sure.

    Murrey - Thank you! With fall quickly approaching, I hope to take many more :smile:
     
  9. wgilles

    wgilles

    Apr 25, 2008
    NJ
    I love the last 2!
     
  10. These are looking very good for being your first HDRs. It seems to me as if they are lacking a bit of sharpness and/or contrast. Maybe due to resizing, but the latter one needs a bit attention (at least in my experience) as HDR lowers contrast and sometimes a bit too low for my taste. What I see quite often on Photomatix pictures are brighter halos around trees pointing in the sky which I'm happy not to see in yours :smile:
     
  11. brucedane

    brucedane

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    Jul 10, 2008
    East Tennessee
    I especially like the composition in the last two shots - how the shore lines lead me into the landscape. Very serene.
     
  12. My favorites, too. Thanks for sharing these, David.
     
  13. RFCGRAPHICS

    RFCGRAPHICS

    Apr 30, 2005
    Very nicely done . The last two are my favs
     
  14. ultimind

    ultimind

    990
    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    Thanks to everyone for your encouraging comments. :smile: Next time I get to go out shooting, I plan on doing some much higher resolution HDRs with my panoramic head.
     
  15. You have done very well

    HDR's are tricky, you seem to have avoided the overdone look, overall a very good first attempt.
     
  16. ultimind

    ultimind

    990
    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    Thanks Ron. I really dislike the "overdone" HDR look. It looks tacky in my opinion. Here's another beach shot from tonight. We seem to have a lot of trees on our beaches in Northern Ohio :confused: (These pictures are sort of mirrored in a post regarding the Sigma 15-30 over in Lens Lust)

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  17. jlangiew

    jlangiew Guest

    Well done on the HDRs. Difficult with moving subjects (the swimming duck). Photomatix does an excellent job. Are you shooting using aperture priority? Since you're on a tripod (I hope!), try shooting at a bit smaller aperture to sharpen up the foreground. The colors are excellent, and photomatix seems to soften up images quite a bit during processing.