HDR - 1st Attempt
I've been playing around with HDR Photomatix and trying to follow some of the tutorials posted here (Pandora1). I'm thinking that I just don't get it. This is a single RAW image saved at 5 different exposure levels and merged to HDR. Played around the detail sliders and then added a gradient map and brushed back in some lighter areas. Although it does have more dynamic range than the original, it doesn't seem to have that painterly artistic effect that I've seen in other examples. What am I missing or do I just need to continue with my experimentions?
Give it another go but this time save your RAW files as uncompressed TIFF files so you don't introduce any artefacts. As it is a single RAW in my opinion there is little point of modifying the exposure more than +1 -1; I normally do 3 exposures from a single RAW being -1 0 +1 .
Try that and see what you can come up with.
I'd like to see what you come up with after a second run... I just bought Photomatix and have been experimenting also, with little success compared to some of the creations I see out there.
Your shot looks great, can't wait to see what you come up with
You've created an interesting image. The image itself is well composed, with the fence at the right.
Would you mind posting the original? I'd like to run it thru my HD program, Dynamic HDR from Media Chane and see how it compares.
I also think Tone mapping of an HDR image works best when the image doesn't have too much detail. Your image has so much détail that the final rendered version looks a bit like a mess. Not every image can be treated the same way.
If you want some painterly effect for this particular image, instead of tonemapping you should try to go with the Illustrated Look, maybe (do a search on the forum for tutorials).
Your image has an interesting "oil painting" like effect. It looks great if that's the look you are trying to achieve.
I've only experimented with HDR a few times. I've found working with RAW gives me better results as opposed to jpeg. I'll have to try working with tiff as mentioned above. Also, I found no difference between using 3 and 5 files. Both gave me the same result using +2 0 -2.
If you don't mind, I'll post my latest HDR workings with Photomatix. (I haven't bought the software yet)
Here's one I did quickly this morning using Jamie's 3 exposure TIFF suggestions. I'm a little happier with this second attempt as there isn't quite as much noise. I think I oversharpened on the first attempt as well. I'm not sure about the appropriate levels on the Tone Compressor either and need to learn some more as to what that is exactly doing. At any rate, here's the second go at Photomatix:
Put your image up here and post the link back, we can all have a go at it. This will allow you to post your RAW file.
Thanks for your comments. Check your email for file info. I'm
anxious to see what you come up with.