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HDR Lake by froggynaan HDR Lake by froggynaan
How do you like my crappy attempt at HDR (without any fancy HDR program) Two exposures, 2 stops different
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:iconthavena:
thavena Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
You did this with 2 shots only?!

You, sir, are a genius. Wow.
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:iconfroggynaan:
froggynaan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, just two. Thanks for the compliment, but I feel i could have done this better.
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Cluisanna Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
How did you do this then, if not with a "fancy HDR program"? :O
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:iconfroggynaan:
froggynaan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Just with photoshop. I blended two exposures together. I have a sort of tutorial on it here: [link]
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:iconcluisanna:
Cluisanna Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
Thanks for explaining, I think I am going to try that... as soon as I understand photoshop ;) (I know it's not hard. But I am too lazy.)
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:iconfroggynaan:
froggynaan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Photoshop isn't too hard to learn just by playing around with it. I started with Corel Photopaint 8.0. I got photoshop 7.0 from a class in highschool. It took me about 2 weeks to apply what I knew in corel to adobe. What i'm saying is that once you understand the concepts of what you can do with images, you can use any program.
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:iconcluisanna:
Cluisanna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Then maybe I am going to dowload something like a test version, because I got along with GIMP very well (what some people call photoshop's retarted brother^^).
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:iconcluisanna:
Cluisanna Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Okay, so this is not the emot I wanted. Don't be offended. I am amazed :)
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corpser2 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007
a beauty
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:iconrisingfox:
RisingFox Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
i know i'm impressed
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Susemihl Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007   Photographer
lovely composition and processing ;)
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ghaar Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
nice
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psboy Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
you mess up with photoshop cos theres a strange things between trees and sky. Things done in photoshop musn't be seen! it's the 1 rule in doing photography in phsp :)
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froggynaan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
The thing is, when I made this, I did it in 2 minutes and didn't expect anyone to look at it. There are some better ones in my gallery
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pmartike Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
it could be a beautiful image, but that part of the sky over the trees is too bright... more attention for these details...
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:iconfroggynaan:
froggynaan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
It was either make the area over the trees too bright, or the trees just below the sky too dark. It's hard to get a good mask to make a natural looking blend between tree branches
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pmartike Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
if you work in photoshop, try to put the darkest image to background layer, and the lighter images to put over this layer and manipulate in this way the image... i think it will be better (sorry for my terrible english)
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froggynaan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't remember which layer at had on top and which one as the background, but I don't imagine it would make a difference, in theory anyway
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thequantumwarrior Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
I would love to die there, it is just so peaceful!
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alternativesurfer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this shot. Everything just looks so surreal. And everything just came out great. I've just gotten into hdr and was wondering how you tweaked it in photoshop, because i can do the merge, then convert it to 8-bit while messing with the curves, but my shots never come close to this.
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froggynaan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I had to independently tweak each shot to make it pop.. using a curves adjustment layer. The secret to a good HDR is in the initial exposure.. experiment to find what the right exposure latitude is for the shot. A good guess it's +/- 1.33 stops.
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Nategeorge Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
lovley mate im just in the process of expermenting with hdr and this looks like i have somehting to aspire to :)
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:iconfroggynaan:
froggynaan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I just did a few more recently which I'll be posting soon. I'm more proud of these than I am of this Lake photo.
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Nategeorge Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
ive been trying some but they all just look like standard shots that i could have done in one is there any kind of technique to it or am i just being stupid again?
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froggynaan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
The only advice I have is use a tripod and take as many different shots as you can (widest exposure range). When you'r blending them together in photoshop, it's more difficult to get jagged horizons, So i prefer landscapes without trees.
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Nategeorge Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
ive been going for about 4 steps either way using the shutter speed is this to little then ?
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froggynaan Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
It depends which kind of steps you mean. It depends on the step unit you're talking about. The common unit is the F-stop, or just "stop" if it's applied to things other than F-number. One stop means double or half the previous increment. If you're are 1/3rd stops (from 1/60 to 1/80 to 1/100 to 1/125 to 1/160) then 4 of those increments is probably not enough. Four whole stops (1/60 to 1/125 to 1/250 to 1/500 to 1/1000) might be a little excessive. It think for this shot I used +/- 1 stop (three 1/3rd stop increments in each direction, for a total of six increments)
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Nategeorge Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
ok i see where ive been going wrong ive only been combining 2/3 shots at rather small incrments maybe 1/3 stops which would explain why they sttill look rather plain and ordaniry i shal arm myself with this new information and go forth :)
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IrishRaine Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
Incredible shot! Looks like a painting. I need to do your tutorial asap! I'd love to have shots like this! =)
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trinity912 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
:jawdrop: wow! stunning.... tell me more, what's HDR?
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:iconfroggynaan:
froggynaan Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
It's taking more that one shot of varying exposure and combining them later, on the computer. I have a tutorial about it here [link]
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trinity912 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
ahhh ok. thank you for the tutorial link of yours!
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mechanic Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
What is 'HDR'?
It looks as though you have merged to of the same image into one. I can see some funky effect above the tree line where the color of the clouds from one image don't quite match the other.

Neet shot though.
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:iconfroggynaan:
froggynaan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
It stands for "High Dynamic Range"... essentially it's combining different shots with different exposure levels to increase the amount of detail in different areas of the shot
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mechanic Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I might try that sometime, though I would have to go full manual with a remote & tripod.
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froggynaan Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Most people use exposure braketing, where the camera shifts the exposure up and down by a fixed amount... and with the fast burst rate that these digital SLRs have, you can almost hand hold 3 consecutive shots of the same thing while you're bracketing.
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WildernessNaturalist Featured By Owner May 30, 2006   Photographer
gorgeous scene Dan. thanx for the photos u sent me :-)
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o0AvaAdore0o Featured By Owner May 30, 2006
looks cool :D
and when i look at it the clouds seem to move a bit, winder if thats just my eyes?
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IBelongToYou Featured By Owner May 29, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this!
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