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Post by pop511 » Thu May 11, 2017 2:23 pm

Started off as normal HDR and then went silly over processing, but I like them.
There are artifacts on skyline in boat picture and the tower on the right ended up askew
I have used dedicated software for HDR.
I now import pics into P/S and merge to HDR. Then save as 16bit TIFF. Then re-open in camera raw to do final processing. Done..
I know heaps have been written as to how many pics needed to be taken. If unsure
Use center point exposure on manual at the darkest spot in the scene, then at the brightest, you will get the "F" stops you need.
Just an idea
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Post by Charles Haacker » Thu May 11, 2017 2:37 pm

I confess to not being a yuge fan of HDR, but these are intriguing, especially the second one with that strong leading line of --what? --pipeline supports? If I had made that I might try it in black and white. It is very dramatic as is so I wonder if B&W would make it more dramatic? :|

I like your tip on determining how many stops are needed for an HDR bracket! I hardly ever do it so I hadn't thought about it, but that's something I will keep in mind! Thank you, Ed!
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Post by pop511 » Thu May 11, 2017 2:38 pm

Damned if I know what those supports are for.
Pics taken at Subic Bay
Love B&W, but I have to "see it" as B&W when loading or working on image.
Tonal range on that "pier" pic is too strong. I would have to reduce contrast in camera raw first.
Hmmmm. Something to do in the morning?
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Post by Didereaux » Thu May 11, 2017 2:50 pm

pop511 wrote:Started off as normal HDR and then went silly over processing, but I like them.
There are artifacts on skyline in boat picture and the tower on the right ended up askew
I have used dedicated software for HDR.
I now import pics into P/S and merge to HDR. Then save as 16bit TIFF. Then re-open in camera raw to do final processing. Done..
I know heaps have been written as to how many pics needed to be taken. If unsure
Use center point exposure on manual at the darkest spot in the scene, then at the brightest, you will get the "F" stops you need.
Just an idea
Have fun
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Like Chuck, I do very few HDR's and then only make certain I get all the zones. Never to the point (I hope) that it is obvious. I use a similar method as you to determine number of stops needed, but I add 1 to make certain the full range is covered. I also agree about that 2d image possibly making a very good BW.
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Post by pop511 » Thu May 11, 2017 3:23 pm

That's enough guys..Can I go to bed now?
Had to go back to original HDR file. Finished with sepia toning.
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Post by Charles Haacker » Thu May 11, 2017 8:14 pm

WOW! :S THAT is terrific! I am not denigrating the original color, but I had a sneaking suspicion that picture was ideal for B&W/Sepia. And the extra oooomph you put in that spectacular sky...! :thumbup: :clap:
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Post by minniev » Fri May 12, 2017 1:08 am

pop511 wrote:That's enough guys..Can I go to bed now?
Had to go back to original HDR file. Finished with sepia toning.


This monochrome version of the pier is really excellent - you wrung a lot of soft beauty out of that sky, and you've made the old pier a lot more interesting. The color version sort of jangled my eyes, with all those odd colors. This has taken the image to another level. Very well done.

Re: the first image - those boats are pretty wonderful and are obviously colorful, but the processing has surely rendered the scene past belief. As an over the top image it is pretty interesting in the way that old early-20th-century postcards are interesting, though, and in that sense you have created a successful image. My own preference is for a less extreme version but that's just my preference. Speaking of those boats, though, I'm thinking that a composition that isolated that nearest boat as it came into port or left it would have more impact. Those very appealing details get a little lost in the other parts of the dock.
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Post by pop511 » Fri May 12, 2017 7:15 am

Minniev;
Yes I did over process them, but I stated that in the introduction.
"rendered the scene past belief"...Oh yes, fun wasn't it!
I did take some pics of single boats and did normal HDR
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Post by St3v3M » Fri May 12, 2017 7:57 pm

pop511 wrote:Started off as normal HDR and then went silly over processing, but I like them.
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I like the pink clouds against the green boat. It must be a complementary color thing or something but it works. The cutout look above the mountains, especially on the left, detract from the image though so while I like it I don't. And with a sky like that, I would expect the water to be a similar color. Was this a composite or did I miss something?

I like the processing in Subic. It's unexpected but works and is an interesting touch. Thank you for sharing these! S-
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Post by minniev » Sat May 13, 2017 12:50 am

pop511 wrote:Minniev;
Yes I did over process them, but I stated that in the introduction.
"rendered the scene past belief"...Oh yes, fun wasn't it!
I did take some pics of single boats and did normal HDR

I knew that boat would look cool face-on. Great boat with great colors and details, I can see why you wanted to go past the "norm" with the kinds of colors you have in this scene. I process beyond the norm a lot, too, not exactly in the same direction you have here, but in ways that defy reality and step beyond photography into something else. I agree it is huge fun, and I'm always trying new things.
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