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    HDR, anyone else play?

    I have been stuck on this method of photography for the last week and I
    am learning so much so fast. I do not think I will ever take night shots
    without this method. I am amazed at the results and inspired to go out
    an just shoot anything.
    The other night I went to the airport and did a few maximum exposure brackets with my camera

    I use AEB in the menu's and set it to take 3 shots...
    1st shot at 0 exposure comp
    2nd shot at -2 exposure comp
    3rd shot at +2 exposure comp

    With these 3 images I can put together a HDR (High Dynamic Range)
    photo that will let me read the tire maker off the black tires of an aircraft
    yet not have any part of the shot overexposed. It is AMAZING to just
    take some shots around the house..... Here is a good example of a shot
    that is not possible without the HDR (or massive grain with photoshop).
    Keep the detail in the dark areas but do not overexpose the flame badly...

    1 shot from the camera at proper exposure


    3 shot HDR image
    The three most common expressions in aviation are, "Why is it doing that?", "Where are we?" and "Oh Crap".

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    How do you put them together?
    Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem.
    All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them under control.
    I trust you are not in too much distress. —Captain Eric Moody, British Airways Flight 9

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    Quote Originally Posted by GothamSpotter
    How do you put them together?
    I use a program called Photomatrix but there is sofware in the newer
    Photoshop CS2. Normally, the photos look like ass because it is a high
    dynamic range which means your little histogram feels like it is now 3
    times the size it was with almost no chance of having any pixels blown out
    or underexposed. You have incredible detail and the ability to alter the
    photo to make it really pop but in any way you like.

    Here is a edited HDR shot from the other night....I left it big so you can
    see all the details....


    If I was going to use the shot, I would have altered it for more contrast.
    The three most common expressions in aviation are, "Why is it doing that?", "Where are we?" and "Oh Crap".

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    too much fun!





    How would you feel if you were in this cockpit and realized
    that someone stole your rudder pedals???
    The three most common expressions in aviation are, "Why is it doing that?", "Where are we?" and "Oh Crap".

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    I like the first two in that last set. Reminds me of these pics I took in New Hampshire. It was during the Harvest Moon, so it was extra bright.




    -James

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    Great shots Fred!

    Check your PM box
    And I, I took the path less traveled by
    and that has made all the difference......yet...
    I have a feeling a handle of people are going to be very interested in what I post in the near future.

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    thanks guys, here is the only source of light in the room
    The three most common expressions in aviation are, "Why is it doing that?", "Where are we?" and "Oh Crap".

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    Yeah I just recently discovered HDR myself, its really addicting. I use Photomatix as well. I was lucky enough to get an HDR shot on jetphotos not to long ago.

    http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=5862513

    Not perfect by any means but I still kinda like it.

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    Cool, here is another one from today, I am lovin this!
    The three most common expressions in aviation are, "Why is it doing that?", "Where are we?" and "Oh Crap".

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    WOW.

    that sky is freakin amazing.
    Shoot first, ask questions later.
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    ok Fred, now you have another convert....my first few tries at this HDR stuff....

    Can you tell it's almost Christmas?
    House in Bayport (HDR)


    Another house, same street in Bayport (HDR)


    One of the many Christmas trees in my house. (HDR)


    One non-HDR, House in Islip

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    Thought I'd have a little fun too, took a ride out to the Big Duck over the weekend:




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    Wow, Very nice Moose....Once again, that is exactly what I was looking to do. Wonderful as usual. Now Nick an I were going to try to go out there on Wed evening if I can finally get better. I would like to get there just before dark if possible. Hope to see you there if your not busy ;)
    The three most common expressions in aviation are, "Why is it doing that?", "Where are we?" and "Oh Crap".

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    A new shot from last night
    The three most common expressions in aviation are, "Why is it doing that?", "Where are we?" and "Oh Crap".

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    Fred,

    What were the exposure times for that bridge photo? Nice work!

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