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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 8:28 pm 
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It's either carry a tripod or give up, your call.

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Hello Zorro!
For me you're the king of handheld HDRs. You've proven that it works.
Me, if I had to carry a tripod around, I'd stay at home = no pics :cry:

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Thomas wrote:
Hello Zorro!
For me you're the king of handheld HDRs. You've proven that it works.
Me, if I had to carry a tripod around, I'd stay at home = no pics :cry:


what about a mini-tripod :lol:


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Bah!
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mini-tripod

Crawling in the mud, eh? :wink: :wink: :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 1:53 am 
Thanks Mark and Brian and yes they were done only in Photomatix.

I suppose I could shoot in RAW and use software to artificially increase or decrease the exposure. I've tried it and it doesn't turn out too bad, a bit more noise though.

On another topic,
The D300 and D3 can only do +/- 1 EV over 3 shots? Isn't that a step backwards?


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No it's not. Anyone with the money and balls to buy either camera will also buy a tripod.

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A gorillapod can be a reasonable compromise for weight against stability...


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Graham, to be very clear: The D3/00 can do many more bracketing shots automatically, but max. in 1EV increments. That is what takes the time on the D300 in 14bit-mode (in 12 bit the cam is much faster).
So for covering -2EV...+2EV you can do that on the D80 in 3 shots while the D3/00 need (at least) 5 shots. And that can be crucial, when you're doing it hand-held :?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 9:23 am 
Thomas wrote:
you can do that on the D80 in 3 shots while the D3/00 need (at least) 5 shots. And that can be crucial, when you're doing it hand-held :?


That is my complaint. However, seeing as I'm highly unlikely to get either of those models anytime soon, I'm not going to losing much sleep over this.

I do like the idea of the Gorrilapod.


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On another topic,
The D300 and D3 can only do +/- 1 EV over 3 shots? Isn't that a step backwards?


I'm not thinking about upgrading yet, but one thing...actually there were many things that I liked in Gordon's review of the D300 that appeal to me, but one element was, "Bracketing is available for exposure, flash, exposure and flash together, and white balance; fans of HDR will be pleased to hear up to nine shots can be taken at intervals up to 1EV."

That would certainly be a step up from the D80's miserly three shots!


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:45 am 
everybody is such a tech head hahaha bracket this, exposure that, rocket science this, E=MC squared that hahaha.

I got a tripod for xmas so I thought its about time to give HDR a try. So here we go, my first real attempt at HDR.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 1:10 pm 
Very nice Jay, I like it :) Quite subtle too, not obvious or OTT HDR so well done!

Looks like you'll soon be on your way to becoming a tech-head too :lol:


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Nice one, Jay, though the grass is a little too green for my taste. Did it come out that way or did you boost the saturation?

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Jay, how many exposures in which steps (1EV, 2EV)? What software did you use? Any special "treatment"?

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Thanx for the kind words guys, and to answer to your questions:

Bob: I did notice the grass was a bit...well..green! the saturation isn't up all that high to be honest. I raised the contrast and saturation just enough to give it zing but I wasn't to interested in making all the colours pop to much. I tried a couple of things to help the grass a bit but all methods affected the rest of the photo or ended up looking a little lifeless, so I left the grass. Maybe because I was tired I couldn't be bother figuring it out :lol:

Thomas: I used Photomatix Pro to do the Hdr and CS3 for final touches. I combined 3 shots at f:13, focal length: 18mm, and shutter at:1/13s,1/25s,1/6s. The exposure steps were 1EV I think, not entirely sure because I changed it a few times.

I took about 3 groups of this particular shot with slight different variations in shutter speed, and I found (in this case) having the well exposed shot slightly under exposed helps. Before I had a tripod I tried HDR once before and had the well exposed shot the best I thought it could look but after merging the images it was to bright/white or bland looking and altering colours didn't seem to take that away. As for any special treatment, nothing to drastic: mild application of - contrast, saturation, sharpening (sky only), warming filter on 10%.

Jay...


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