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Re: HDR vs HDR <Reply # 22 on 12/2/2011 6:10 PM >
But yeah, I would prefer a merge of the two images. The left is too saturated, and the right has too much detail contrast.
I generally prefer letting it be dark where it is dark, but use the brackets to provide some color detail, and especially to control the detail in lighter areas. mutantMandias may cause dizziness, sexual nightmares, and sleep crime. ++++ mutantMandias has to return some videotapes ++++ Do not taunt mutantMandias
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Re: HDR vs HDR <Reply # 23 on 12/11/2011 6:19 PM >
I haven't responded much, but I have enjoyed the feedback. I tried the fused exposures technique, but it didn't quite give the results I wanted. I think tone mapping is still my preferred method of merging, though I've used a more natural light smoothing and less saturation. I managed to find a good mix of contrast, detail, and sharpening to give it a gritty feel but not end up as "clown puke" ;) Here is my hybrid result of the first images I posted:
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And while I know there's no pleasing everyone, I'm actually much happier with this result than what I had originally. So for that, thank you again for your suggestions.
Re: HDR vs HDR <Reply # 24 on 12/11/2011 6:41 PM >
Posted by Dgrau I tried the fused exposures technique, but it didn't quite give the results I wanted.
Exposure fusion works really well in scenes where the range isn't too extreme. Though, from personal experience, the exposure fusion preview in Photomatix looks awful 90% of the time. Give it another chance, I use it for a lot of exterior shots, and interiors with half decent lighting. Also, Photomatix shouldn't be your last step. Tossing the fused image into Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture and fine-tuning the lighting there can make a world of difference.
the art of taking a great shot is far superior than throwing it into an HDR program. taking one picture completely in manual is more skill than taking three pics with different EVs. not hating, just stating. hdr looks good here and there i guess, but it doesnt make a picture better if the subject is shit. I am just waiting in a room. My body lets the tale unwind. It tells how money turns the world round. This body welcomed its demise.