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The setting sun peeking out through the stonework of St John the Baptist's Church in Chester, UK.
I quite like the pigeon settling in for the night up in the top left.
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Registered: February 2011
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Tue March 22, 2011 4:00pm

I like you what you did here. One of those shots that you could look at for a while and see something different each time.

Registered: May 2010
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Tue March 22, 2011 11:43pm

Amazing! Let me guess. ISO 100 and f/22...

Registered: August 2008
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Wed March 23, 2011 3:42am

Nope. Handheld 3 shot HDR: ISO 100, f/8, 1/10-1/20-1/40. Aligned in CS5, tonemapped and denoise/sharpened after the resize for jpeg.
Although I say handheld, it was more tripodless than handheld, as I braced against a stone buttress.

Registered: May 2010
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Wed March 23, 2011 4:46am

As I was wondering about this subject, I'm glad you mentioned it. I know a lot of folks use a tripod in HDR. I figure you do too, at least in those car shots. But when you do landscapes, do you normally use a tripod, or not?

Registered: August 2008
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Wed March 23, 2011 7:15am

Hi Beth, it kinda depends. If I've got one with me I'll always use it over not, as aligning multiple shots with HDR is always the biggest factor in IQ. I've recently found the aligning feature for image stacks is far superior in CS5 to the tonemapping software, as is the chromatic aberration removal in Adobe Camera Raw. So my workflow and overall IQ is improved over what it used to be.
Using the CS5 stacks image alignment means I can get away from always using the tripod (with what I now now know about how/where best to use it) but like anything in photography, the more you get right in camera before post, the better. It gives you a lot more options and flexibility when you're shooting.
From my UK trip I had to open up the aperture and increase ISO And shoot faster that I wanted on some images simply because I was without my tripod.

Registered: October 2010
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Wed March 23, 2011 2:58pm

If i do not have a tripod with me i try to find something to rest my camera on.
The old hand are to shaky :-)

Registered: May 2010
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Wed March 23, 2011 11:41pm

Okay, thanks a lot. I see what you mean.

Now, for another question for the pros Wink

If you are just taking landscape shots, not necessarily HDR, is a tripod necessary? Will a beanbag work, or simply handheld? I mean regular daytime shots. Then there are sunrises too. Are they too dark to handhold?
I've worked with a tripod, and they are a bit awkward, for me at least. My family is planning to go over in East TN to the Smoky Mountains in May, and I want to get pictures, but not spend all my time lugging around a tripod Wink Soooo....are they necessary, or can one do without one and still get good pics?

Registered: August 2008
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Thu March 24, 2011 5:35am

Personally I'd take my tripod. Better to be safe than sorry. I can strap mine to my camera backpack and it's Carbon fibre so it's light(ish) yet sturdy. Not too sure I'd be keen to lug a big heavy one around.
A gorillapod might be a good choice Beth, as you can wrap them around just about anything if your body/lenses aren't too heavy. Probably best to get one higher rated than really necessary (so the SLR zoom model or somesuch) and know that it's gonna be sturdy. The only issue is they don't come with a quick release head.

Registered: May 2010
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Thu March 24, 2011 7:17am

Ah...well, I haven't got a tripod yet... I temporarily used those funds to get Elements 9 Wink I have a gorillapod though. I might try that. Thanks for all the help!

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