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This one *is* HDR. 3 shots just 1 EV apart. I did a fair bit of post-processing on this one too. I'll post the original baseline shot to give you an idea what the extra dynamic range and tonemapping gave over the base shot. You can also seee why I did the masking/cloning on the background too.
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Registered: August 2008
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Fri December 3, 2010 6:46pm

Here's the original base shot for the HDR and post work...


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Fri December 3, 2010 7:17pm Rating: 8.00 

Honez you dissapoint me you have left a small small bit of brown at top right hand side Smile

Great shot and am impressed at the work you have done on it. Do you ever sell any of your pictures ???

Registered: August 2008
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Fri December 3, 2010 7:47pm

D'oh. I did see that and intended to get rid of it, but forgot.
I sell some here and there. Usually car shots.
Fri December 3, 2010 11:31pm

Hi honez you have done a lot of work on your HDR yet the image is looking kinda dull flat, to be honest I prefer the original as it has more punch.

Registered: February 2008
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Fri December 3, 2010 11:33pm

Great shot there - "hot-rod" Honez Smile
I just wish there was a tad more room at the top of the frame to balance it a wee bit better. I know why you cropped it there coz of the upper wall pattern. Other than that...it looks perfecto Thumbs Up!

Registered: February 2010
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Sat December 4, 2010 2:40am

Great shot and good job Smile I think you have spent a lot of time working on it but it's woth Smile

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Sat December 4, 2010 2:54am

I'd agree the background is duller and flatter than the original. I vignetted, gaussian blurred and didn't high pass filter it, so it's naturally going to tone the image down when viewed as a whole.
I'd be surprised DRD if you think the subject is flat and dull though, as I have specifically boosted vibrance, levelled the high and low values, curves adjusted and high passed a foreground mask to bring it out and give it some pop. It seems to work well enough on my calibrated setup, and I know from prior experience that it'd come out well on photo paper.
Kev, I see what you mean about the tightness of top crop, but I wanted the "eyes" on the thirds sweet spots, but I didn't have enough foreground floorboards to give it the necessary clearance and keep the eyes in the right position.

Registered: May 2010
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Sat December 4, 2010 3:22am Rating: 9.00 

You did it again Honez Wink Very, Very, nice job!!!

Hey, how did you post the other image in your comment?
Sat December 4, 2010 3:52am

Hi honez, maybe its the blacks are grey in the edited version I dont see it as good as your other uploads JMO.

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Sat December 4, 2010 4:42am

Ah, okay, now I understand DRD. The issue is that the HDR tonemapping has increased the range of what would normally be a fairly narrow "black" range. There are still blacks in the image, but the tyres aren't/weren't truly black in the first place, it's just that the LDR versiono we're used to seeing represents it that way. At the risk of going all Zen on you, if you sit and take a good long stare at a tyre that's got real dark shadow underneath it really is quite a shade lighter. Next time you're washing your car, get some tyre blackener out and paint it on the side of one tyre and not the other and you'll see what I mean.
Anyway on balance I think you're right that they might be too light, so I'll re-introduce some shadow clipping, or unleash the burn tool. Thanks for the comments.

Beth - it's an image link to photobucket, use [img ]http://whatever.link[/img]

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