At the River Bend...

Discussion in 'Landscape' started by Amy Nelson, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. Amy Nelson

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    Color changes on the Uncompahgre River. (First time I have every used my camera in HDR mode)

    10-13-2018 - Delta County - 1.jpg
     
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    I like the setting .... but.

    Can't say I have ever used this mode on my cameras other than when my iPhone employs it. This image shows some pretty heavy handed saturation levels and some light level artifacts at the tops of the tree branches. Not sure I would want to use it myself.
     
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    Very cool Amy. That is a very nice riverbend you captured.

    One of the reasons I don’t like to use the HDR in camera is that while it combines multiple photos for you, the output is a tiff file instead of a raw. I just prefer the extra flexibility of the raw. But on the other hand, if the hdr output as a tiff is sufficient, I guess you wouldn’t need the raw.

    The question is, how did it work for you? :)
     
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    That's a very pretty scene. I have used HDR a lot, but not in-camera. I find that the secret is to use it for blending only just to restore DR and use PS for everything else.
     
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    Well, it was fun to try out...but in the end way to over saturated for me. It's my option, that you should try all options at least once. I might use it again in the right setting. One never knows!
     
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    My problem with the in camera HDR comes when I try to correct what the camera has done in LR or PS. The processed output (either jpg or tiff) doesn't have the dynamic range of RAW files and often leave artifacts that can't be corrected.
     
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    I've been trying to figure out if there's anything I can do with these images, because I agree they are way too over saturated. But I think that saturation level works in the images favor if you convert them to B & W. It seems to put out a lot of detail and uses more of the gray scale.

    10-13-2018 - Delta County - BW - 1.jpg

    10-13-2018 - Delta County - BW - 2.jpg
     
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    True - but the one given is that the in-camera HDR is simply a set of bracketed shots blended using software that has no idea what your scene is supposed to look like. Anything that software can accomplish can also be done via a set of bracketed RAW shots you take and blend yourself. The RAW shots can be used alone or blended as desired with controllable outputs instead of trying to figure out what you can do with a shot that isn't usable as it came out of the camera.

    I played around with HDR a bunch about a dozen years ago when Photomatix first came on the scene like a lot of other landscape photographers but in the end realized that I could easily do my own blending with far more realistic results with the bracketed shots I was taking for HDR software to process. We had the advantage back then that we needed to provide the RAW shots for the software so I still have n archive of workable RAW captures I can use. Allowing my camera (or phone) to substitute the processed output leaves me with a compromised version of what I was shooting.
     

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