Topaz Adjust Just For Fun ...
Three more Topaz Adjust images … These were shots from a recent trip to the Imperial Palace Hotel / Casino Classic Car Collection in Las Vegas … I wasn’t real excited about these shots until I applied Topaz Adjust to them … Just_for_fun_1 ... Just_for_fun_2 ... Just_for_fun_3 ....
Thank you for looking ... and of course your comments and critiques are always welcome!!
More Topaz Adjust ...
This first image is of the interior of a church in Puerto Vallarta Mexico done in Topaz Adjust HDR ... This next image is a terrace of condos next to the Acapulco Cliff Divers done in Topaz Adjust HDR ... ... I love this program!!
Thank you for looking ... your critiques and comments are always welcome!!
Topaz Adjust ....
I hope that I won't bore you with my Topaz Adjust images … But this program really is a unique piece of software … Normally to get HDR you need at least 3 images exposed 2 stops above normal and 2 stops below normal (there are other ways ... Nikon uses 5 images 1 stop apart) and you combined them in Photoshop or Photomatix (there are other ways) … But Topaz Adjust does almost the same thing with just one image!!
Thank you for looking … your comments and critiques are always welcome!!
Cathedral In Cartagena Columbia
This Cathedral was in the Old Town Plaza in Cartagena, Columbia ... The before shot (unedited) of the Cathedral was not much ... But after applying "Topaz Adjust Software" (Advertised here on Photographica) I think Topaz really took a nothing image and made it much more interesting with this HDR treatment ... Cathedral after Topaz Adjust!!
Thank you for looking and as always your comments are most appreciated.
Best Shot - #1
Thanks, Kerry, for taking charge and coming up with a new challenge. This works out good for me since I'm having trouble getting out and taking any new shots. This is one of my favorites.
The letters HD&R are brought to you by the letters S and G....
His & Hers
She wanted a custom built cherry kitchen with black honed granite counters
He wanted a room for his new TV, just in time for the big game.
The stairs lead to the excercise room above.
Because of the high contrast lighting I combined five exposures per image to created these HDR photos.
Sunset.... 23 Minutes
Seems like the sky even changes rapidly during sunset... so tonight I give you
23 minutes of Sunset...
All shots of 3x HDR composites generated by Photomatix. Thanks for lookin! Enjoy!
Automatic Exposure Bracketing for HDR Shooting
I go off to Poker night, and all of a sudden, there is a double rainbow over my friends house, with the most spectacular red sky bringing in the storms... My camera was in the car, cause I never leave home without it, so I grabbed it and fired off about 50 or 60 shots of the miraculous happenings in the sky. My hubby called me on my cell phone, and said, "Are you shooting this sky? Well, of course I am!" I replied.
After poker, got home and downloaded the shots. I thought, wow, these pictures are really crappy, what in the world happened here.... then a big brick hit me on my pea brain, and said... You shot the best sky of the year in 3 megapixels you idiot. I have been so PO'd at myself for doing this, I waited until now to sit down and try to salvage these shots.
So here is my little tutorial.... HDR can sometimes be used to TONE DOWN a shot, not just put it over the top!
Check out these exposures. Aperture setting... Automatic exposure bracketing set at Minus 2... 0.... and Plus 2.
The sky is so red it doesn't even look real... but these are how they came straight out of the camera.
I went ahead and generated a HDR out of these three shots on Photomatix Pro. I DEsaturated the color 55% while tone mapping to get the sky toned down. At least now I also have a little foreground in the HDR exposure.
So two lessons learned here...
Always take a second to check your settings on your camera before you start to shoot....
And sometimes HDR can be used to tone down a photo instead of pumping it up!
PS You don't have to critique the photos, I know they stink.
More Fall from Tennessee
Fall 07 This is one that I really like. I have it as the background on the computer. The more I look at it, the more I think I want it on the wall.
GoneSouth ... has a little HDR going on
Extra for fun.....this is the best pic of them together that I have this year.
Thanks for looking!
Foggy Roadtrip and more HDR play!
Ghost tree. B&w but not much color in the color version anyway.
Light in the forest.
Baclight-HDR This is an "over the top", in my opinion, HDR version of the previous shot.
Baclight -Mild This is more like the amount of effect I prefer.
The first backlight shot is pretty much straight from the camera and the last is closer to what I saw but I've been shooting a lot of shots with the auto bracketing turned on so I could play with them later using the HDR software. It's very easy to get a gaudy, unnatural look with the adjustments in Photomatix which I think I did in the middle shot. Of course, others may prefer it. While I prefer the more natural look it is fun to play with.
Comments and criticism, hopefully constructive, are welcome. Except for those mentioned all other shots are not HDR.
HDR Play and a few from the zoo.
Comments and criticism are best served cold. What's your thoughts on HDR, love it, hate it, don't care, don't know what it is? I know the activity here drops off on the weekend but what are your thoughts?
Smokey San Diego
The first was taken from Shelter Island looking towards San Diego in the morning.
The second is looking West towards the sunset taken the day before. It is a HDR composite in which the flag was processed to be brighter that what the background exposure would have allowed.
All comments and critiques are appreciated.
And Then The Rains Came
I hope I am not burning you out on these HDR shots... but the sky just keeps throwing me more great clouds to shoot at! It is just such a fun process, and the new hasn't worn off yet! Comments and critiques always welcome... and yes I have one dust spot left on my sensor... so you can take a "raincheck" on commenting about that. I just don't bother cloning it out unless I think I might print it. Thanks for lookin!
I reviewed some shots from last fall to get ready to shoot this year. If we have any color, I want to do a better job of capturing it. Since the shots were RAW I gave another go at the pics with a little HDR processing.
Fall 1 HDR It brought out a lot more detail in this shot. I like the results.
Fall 2 HDR I also managed to remove my neighbor's ugly storage shed from this shot.
Have a great weekend!
For the challenge.....
Looking West from Hummingbird Hill
Or do you like this one better?
And just because I couldn't resist...
Thanks for taking time to look at these, I would really appreciate your comments.... I love the look of HDR and really want to learn to do this!
Well three images to be exact. -1 stop 0 and +1 stop.
Some people look at shooting headshots as a bad thing like they do with wedding photographers but I think that as long as you love what you do that passion shows through your work. I've seen some amazing wedding photographers who make art out of almost nothing.
While headshots are straight-forward I love working with all the different actors and hearing their stories.
As for this shot, I like it because that's how I remember the scene. It's a rare viewpoint that is definitely not publicly accessible.
This is about as wide as I can go at 18mm x1.6. I had the Tokina 12-24mm until it was stolen a while back. If you're looking for a great wide angle lens I recommend that one.
If you're interested in taking some pictures like this you can read up on HDR imaging http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_dynamic_range_imaging.
alternative (disposable) lifestyles
Using some Lightroom presets and the Merge to HDR (high dynamic range) feature in Photoshop I came up with something...interesting...after a few tries.
They were overexposed to start with (don't use ISO 800 film in afternoon sunlight!) and the final result was grainer than I would have liked, but I did figure out how to use the HDR feature in CS3 and these two sort of grew on me after a while.
What do you think?