13 Mar

This picture is a 3 shot, 1 stop each HDR made with Dynamic Photo HDR 5

It’s a gravel road not very far from my home and a road I take fairly often.

I went out this day intending to do some pano shots of the sunset but I preferred the look of this as an HDR so I’ll leave the pano for another day.

I have tried and rather like HDR Efex as well and their selection of presets is quite comprehensive but despite that I prefer the warmer tones generated by D.P.

I tried this shot with a 3 shot, 2 stops as well and despite all the nay-sayers who predicted it wouldn’t turn out well it was NEARLY the same…perhaps just having, as you would expect, slightly darker darks and lighter lights.

I suspect it would have worked much better with a 1 stop, 5 exposure set.

Gotta leave something for another day!

I’ll post the other one as well here….from Efex but truthfully I can’t remember exactly WHICH effect I chose.

Let me know which you prefer….I would VERY much appreciate your feedback of these pictures.


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9 responses to “TODAY’S THEME………………..THE COUNTRY

  1. Danudin

    March 13, 2012 at 2:13 am

    The richness of the bottom one grabs me greatly and I think a slight watercolour effect would turn it into a great painting.

  2. thellinoTony

    March 13, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Beautiful: Morning has broken … comes to my mind.

  3. Steve

    March 13, 2012 at 5:11 am

    My preference is for the second one…has more mood in the sky…the sky seems to ‘match’ the ground better in terms of tones…in the first the sky is too bright for the tones on the ground….I hope you know what I’m trying to convey

  4. Lynn Mortensen

    March 13, 2012 at 6:01 am

    my unexpert eye loves the 2nd photo straight away ( tho of course the richness of the top one is great too) however the naturalness of the second is my favourite, recently I was to an early 1900 art exposition and this second^photo could be one of those paintings~

  5. Tammy

    March 13, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Definitely the second image…I love the dimension the preset gives this image! The clouds almost appear to be moving and I love the fine details in the shadows.

  6. John & Lois

    March 13, 2012 at 10:20 am

    The second image seems to be more dramatic and have more definition between the highlights and shadows. Lovely scene.

  7. Tom Cooper

    March 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    The upper shot seems to have more dramatic and saturated colour tones associated with HDR processing while the lower image has a more realistic, subdued look to it with more muted colours rather than rich saturated ones. Small amount of banding is seen around the sun in both shots but I’m sure this can be corrected in Photoshop later. Always great to see someone spot a composition with HDR potential as it is not something that easily presents itself to the novice and it takes a knowledge of HDR processing potential to “see” these situations… and then take the trouble to set up and capture them. With your 60D you could easily have shot six frames (you shoot in three frame slices with that model) and then spliced them together for even more drama. While I like Dynamic Photo HDR and HDR Efex Pro, don’t rule out Photomatix as a contender. They’re all good and you’ll get similar results with minor variations with all three. Great job, Wayne!

  8. Iris (Rose)

    March 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I actually liked the top one better, which has a warm glow to the snow that is missing in the second. I have yet to experiment with this process, so can’t offer any suggestions or experience – well done on both though.

  9. KarenAnn

    March 31, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I like the extra drama and texture visible in the second photo….but the first is a beauty also.


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