After shooting some outdoor-pictures this afternoon I went back to Photomatix to find out what HDR could do for me.
See here the original
It was exposed for the sky, but the forest and the fields were much to dark.
Then I batch-processed the pic (plus the +2EV and -2EV exposures) in Photomatix with all Details Enhancer settings on standard except for Strength at only 60 and Color Saturation at 56%
One thing consistently came up: Dramatic sky. And as I love clouds, that was sure something I am interested in.
See here the HDRed pic
After a while playing with Photomatix I saw a lot of errors resulting from me not using a tripod. This was when I thought: Give the original a try in CaptureNX to lighten up the dark parts of the pic. I grabbed a color control point for the forrest adjusted and then duplicated it and did the same with the field. After 5 minutes work I arrived at something more or less resembling the HDRed pic:
See here the NX-enhanced pic
Well, what can i say? The only thing that really was not up to the HDRed version was the sun: I could never
make the clouds in front/around the sun as detailed as in the HDR pic, which used the -2EV exposed pic for this area. But other than that, I don't find the difference significant enough to be a real killer argument pro HDR.
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