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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 3:06 pm 
I decided to try processing a pseudo HDR from a single RAW file today out of boredom. I used Photomatix pro to tone map a single file into a HDR file.

First off here is the original picture unaltered
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This is what I got out of Photomatix Pro after the tone mapping
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I thought the sky and building looked a little too dark so I opened the file in Photoshop and did some layering work. First off played with the contrast, brightness and vibrance. At that point I still wasn't happy with the building's colors so I duplicated the layer and applied a glowing filter to make everything well glow. I applied a masking layer then unmasked everything but the building. This way the building was the only object in the picture that had the glowing effect. Anyhow this is how it came out.

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So my question is to everyone, does the third picture look better than the first?


Lastly here is another picture I processed the same way
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Does the 3rd picture look better than 1st? I'd say yes, but could be better still. To me the green is far too bright and swamps out the building and sky. I'd be tempted to do a selective desaturate on it. The green in #2 is better but still a little too bright for my tastes.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 4:07 am 
popo wrote:
Does the 3rd picture look better than 1st? I'd say yes, but could be better still. To me the green is far too bright and swamps out the building and sky. I'd be tempted to do a selective desaturate on it. The green in #2 is better but still a little too bright for my tastes.


Just for you Popo ^^

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I find the last picture a bit too flat, could you increase the saturation a bit :lol:

I think HDR is so personal (just like everything about photography or even art). Just go with the result you like most :)

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HDR is :evil:

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