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I suck at HDR. here are my attempts from a recent trip to Joshua Tree, CA.

I suck at HDR. here are my attempts from a recent trip to Joshua Tree, CA.

Old 03-13-2009, 05:02 PM
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Default I suck at HDR. here are my attempts from a recent trip to Joshua Tree, CA.

hosted at the worst possible place for images: facebook.

I can't figure out how to post pictures from flickr, so if anyone can clue me in, i can repost them and lose some of the granulation in the images. Most of these weren't done in aperture priority so the DoF is all FUBAR'd.

some nice weather in rochester this weekend, so i'll try to get another HDR set in tomorrow night and ask for more feedback. I just need more practice I think, I haven't really gone out there and taken some serious sets yet.

i used a D200, around 5 shots at different EVs, blended in photomatix pro and some minor finishing touches in CS3. Blurry cause i don't know what i'm doing. I used a tripod.


<img src="http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs034.snc1/2597_555810439505_24400652_33894022_2137226_n.jpg" >

<img src="http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs034.snc1/2597_555810444495_24400652_33894023_8288395_n.jpg" >

and some others, varying quality. all shot with my new [to me] 200.. my lens got really dirty from climbing, so many of them have specs all over them; sorry for that.

<img src="http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs034.snc1/2597_555711502775_24400652_33890662_1843376_n.jpg" >

<img src="http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs034.snc1/2597_555711582615_24400652_33890670_1584403_n.jpg" >

<img src="http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs034.snc1/2597_555711782215_24400652_33890687_5603229_n.jpg" >

<img src="http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs034.snc1/2597_555711857065_24400652_33890693_2840306_n.jpg" >

<img src="http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs034.snc1/2597_555711911955_24400652_33890700_3247562_n.jpg" >

comments/criticism welcome. I love joshua tree and will most definitely be back there sometime soon.
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it's not you, that sucks at HDR. ... it's HDR itself, that sucks
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Default How did you take the exposures?

You mentioned not using aperture priority (which is good), but you weren't clear what you did. Try shooting in manual mode, and make sure the aperture selected will give you a deep depth of field. Adjust the shutter to give you -2EV, -1EV, 0, +1EV and +2EV images, then off to photoshop. WRT composition, I like the sun in the first one, but don't find the rock interesting even if it was clear, so I would scout for something else to use in your foreground.

Regarding the rest of the images, nothing really struck me. Perhaps the one with the climber with her left leg reaching out. Afternoon lighting was good. I would have stepped far back to get more of the rock in frame. The odd posture of the climber is pretty distinctive, even if it's relatively small in the frame...you still get a sense of difficulty and skill. So the thought is compose the scene with the environment, in which the climber is a small element. Almost a page out of truth's book if you've seen his images.

The rest of the images would be better served with a wide angle lens taken from a position close to the climber. This would give the climber more prominance in the frame, and if you've composed correctly, exaggerate the sense of height. Another thing to consider is that the distance underneath the climber may have a greater impact that the distance left to get to the top. Try that in your compositions and see if that works better.

Of course I say this with complete disregard and ignorance for what is practically possible under the circumstances. Somewhere in the middle may lie the perfect picture that you can actually take. But it gives you something to think about as you're composing, which is really the point.
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Default thanks for the feedback!

that's what i was looking for. Unfortunately the only lens i have is a telephoto 18-200mm and it isn't wide angle at all, as you can see so the camera performs best right now shooting at subjects, not scenes.

Now, if i could just learn how to post from my flikr account, i'd be a happy camper.

oh and if you've got a good recommendation for a lens i should look at (that doesn't cost more than $400) i'd love to see what's out there. Something more versatile than the telephoto i've got on there now, super wide angle, macro, etc etc..
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hewj second!
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