What really fascinated me in this picture was that the method HDR could capture all the colors facets and texture and preserve them. That was not quite easy due to the different artificial light colors, varying from blue to orange.
Again the tipp by RC Concepcion I use often, is to use a Glamour Glow effect on HDR. It takes the unnatural sharpness out of the picture and gives it some nice appeal.
I started using the glamour glow (which was created for portraits) on some architecture pictures – not specifically HDR. It works just fine…
And again this shot was brought to you by Canon running Magic Lantern with 9 exposures, creation with HDR Efex by Nik Software and postprocessing with Color Efex (also by Nik Software).
If you are looking for a book specifically for the creation of HDR with HDR Efex and get some real nice postprocessing tips for HDR, read the HDR book by RC. There is great stuff inside.
I love the subtle tones of orange of sunsets and HDR definitely gives me the option to pack them into a picture. I used 9 brackets in this one and added some glamour glow effect to emphasize the warmth.
Sometimes it is a good idea not to overdo the HDR effect and sqeeze the whole available light into one picture. There is a point where you put more light into the picture, than you could have possibly seen. If the effect is subtle it is OK, if it is not the outcome won’t be pleasant.
I went out with my tripod to shoot a structured panorama in at least 3 by 2. I made it 4 by 2 but it was not convincing. Because I also experimented…
Another thing I wanted to try was a panorama with a wide angle lens. So I used my trusted Sigma portrait in 10mm and used a recipe which nearly always worked for me.
The recipe as always: 3 pictures using 9 brackets with Magic Lantern on my 60D, HDR created with HDR Efex, and panorama with Microsoft ICE.
There were problems with the distortion near the lens, like in the railing you can see on the left. I don’t know if the result is also there because of the horizontal lines. I will try to find out.
I am very pleased with the look of this picture. What is your opinion?
For the Flickr group Cliche Saturday I made this HDR. Magic Lantern helped me out with 9 brackets, HDR Efex, Dfine and Colour Efex from Nik software made postprocessing easy.
I think you can see everything which makes a great HDR:
Difficult lighting conditions
BTW: The water would have been green today and this looked crazy so I too the second position.
A very quick panorama made of 4 pictures, 3 brackets each taken with a Canon Powershot S95. Unfortunately I had no tripod available. No postprocessing except an output sharpener.
On my photowalk this evening I thought about long time exposures of water. I like that silky smooth look. I wondered if the effect would still be there in an HDR. Well, see for yourself.
Magic lantern made 9 exposures and HDR Efex did the rest.
I have been on the tracks for you last weekend. I enjoy making the HDRs look nice first and then give them a faded look lately. And I think that I finally get where I want with the colors. I used brackets of three exposures using Magic Lantern.
On our trip to “Blood for blood” we met this restaurated remains of a roman villa. And I cannot drive by any ruins without stopping…
The trusted Magic Lantern took 9 exposures and I used 7.
Lost and abandoned places are wonderful if you want to shoot HDRs. HDRs are a nightmare if there are people in the shot. So there has to be some postprocessing in lightroom and photoshop.
The HDR process seems to be also a wonderful way to reuse that ultra wide angle lens I own. Typically the heavy distortions make nice pictures impossible, so you have to use some arty technique to make them bearable for the viewer. I still love the manipulation of depth and the compression of background. The picture above is made from 9 exposures at f/16 and 10mm with HDR Efex Pro.
For other pictures created with magic lantern look at these posts.