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HDR or not (cars)?

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by tuanies, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. tuanies

    tuanies Mu-43 Veteran

    227
    Jun 13, 2011
    Graham, WA
    Tuan Huynh
    Been playing around with HDR Efex and not sure how I feel about using HDR.

    Was hoping to get some opinions and critiques.

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    2013 Jaguar XJL Porfolio by tuanies, on Flickr

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  2. sinclair

    sinclair Mu-43 Veteran

    I like the HDR ones. Were you doing from one photo, or a bracketed set?
     
  3. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I like the HDR effect on the car itself but some of the backgrounds not so much. It would be a little work but if you could select the car out of the HDR version and past it on top of the standard it might look better.
     
  4. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Caimi caimiphotography.com
    You did a good job by not overdoing it.
     
  5. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    I like the HDR'ed images, although you may want to consider if you want the car to get the attention or the other elements of the image. The HDR will (IMHO) tend to distract the viewer to other areas of the image (while still making the entire image nicer looking), but if you want your viewer to be drawn to the car, your may want to de-emphasize the other areas. The last image is an exception in that you can't see the grille very well in the regular image (too under exposed anyway).
     
  6. fransglans

    fransglans Mu-43 Top Veteran

    991
    Jun 12, 2012
    Sweden
    gus
    +1 for hdr versions. Even if I do think that the colour of the sky is a little bit too saturated
     
  7. zettapixel

    zettapixel Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 12, 2010
    NY
    I would say, HDR, but, if you don't mind spending time on them, I would maybe try to isolate HDR to the car and asphalt only (as the clouds look a bit overdone imho), and apply just a bit of contrast enhancement to the other parts (sky and trees). That is, except for the last shot, which looks great in HDR.
     
  8. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Honestly, none of these images really require HDR Efex pro. There isn't that much dynamic range to compress. A bit of playing with the sliders in LR will get you 90% of the way there (pull back the highlights, open up the shadows, and adjust black and white point in the opposite direction of shadows/highlights, to taste).
     
  9. tuanies

    tuanies Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 13, 2011
    Graham, WA
    Tuan Huynh
    Thanks guys, I'm still playing with it. Its just a single exposure RAW ran through HDR Efex.

    I'll play with getting the same effect with LR then, HDR Efex just makes it so much easier :) Still undecided on if I want to buy the full suite or not.
     
  10. fransglans

    fransglans Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 12, 2012
    Sweden
    gus
    Is it possible to buy only hdr from nik?
     
  11. sinclair

    sinclair Mu-43 Veteran

    If you bracket, you can use a free program to do your HDR. Yes, it's a one button click, so it take more time, but you'll have more control over the whole thing.
     
  12. entropicremnants

    entropicremnants Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 16, 2012
    John Griggs
    If you use a plugin for Lightroom called LR/Enfuse (which is what I use) then photorealistic HDR becomes easy.

    However, you sometimes need to adjust each shot before submitting. I seldom use more than 3 shots but sometimes as many as 5 or very rarely 7.

    LR/Enfuse comes from Photographer's toolbox - your source for Lightroom Plugins and Web Engines and it's "donation ware". You don't get a full version until you pay SOMETHING -- but YOU decide what you pay.

    It's all I use and most times when I do HDR few can tell -- only people who understand how extreme the light must have been might figure it out. Unless I screw up, lol.

    Here's one I did using a lowly LX7 handheld. LR/Enfuse does shot alignment.

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    Panasonic LX7 Test: Ladles Under Maintenance by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr
     
  13. fransglans

    fransglans Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 12, 2012
    Sweden
    gus
    thanks so much for the tips!
    And entropicremnats; your work is fabulous! I started to drool over HDR after seen your pics on this site...

    I love the idea of subtile HDR, not overcooked, but just to bring the WOW factor to the picture. Ok, lets get those plugins :)
     
  14. entropicremnants

    entropicremnants Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 16, 2012
    John Griggs
    Dude! Thanks! Enjoy.

    If you do get it and have questions write me.