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Old 02-23-2009, 09:35 AM
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This is a house we rented just outside Breckenridge, CO over a two-week Fall break last October. We were there just in time for peak Fall foliage, which painted the hillside yellow behind the house for several days (you can still see the splash of color in this shot) then got to enjoy the area's first dusting of snow. This is in Blue River (for those who know the area) at around 10,200' altitude. I was reminiscing about that trip last week as we plan for Sping break so decided to revisit some of the eleventy billion snapshots I took and post something.

This is a DRI image (dynamic range increase) created from a single RAW exposure processed 3 times then manually blended in PS CS3 for final exposure. This is different from "HDR from a single RAW" in that there's no tone mapping or use of HDR tool to generate the final image.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/robotography/3295275010/"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3631/3295275010_58770b8edf_o.jpg" alt="Mountain House (by robotography)" /></a>
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and you only post one photo The photo is really nice though. Why did it need "DRI" though. Care to post an edited version of the original(non HRD) or even the original?
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Nice Shot!!
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Default Here's a "closer to original" (i.e., straight from camera) version ...

This is the same shot, quickly processed while up at the house using my laptop (not a calibrated display and not optimal for post processing) and without any DRI. You can see how much the image benefits from blending bumps in exposure, particularly in shadow detail and the ability to maintain the cool color temps of the sky in parallel with the warm color temps surrounding the well lit house. The sky was not this flat (had more blues)

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The sky turns this from a $ image to a $$$$ image
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Default Fantastic shot and post processing...

Being that I live in Denver, I am hoping to take a lot of beautiful shots in the next year.
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Really nice work here Rob.
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Default 1 min in LR

granted its a jpeg of a jpeg of a low res jepg of a jpeg so its not sharp. Just trying to say harder isnt always better.

original
<img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3166/2918053811_5e4dab45e8_o.jpg">

mine
<img src="http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b111/CoreyandJessie/misc/2918053811_5e4dab45e8_o.jpg?t=1235426023">

yours
<img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3631/3295275010_58770b8edf_o.jpg">

Anyway im bored.
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Default ... and it highlights the benefits of exposure blending (DRI)

Recognizing you worked from a jpeg, so couldn't control certain aspects, the blown highlights on the house, lack of light or detail on the hillside behind the house, muddy light on the foreground grasses (plus the red snow) are all areas where DRI helped (literally, those were focus areas in my masking/blending of the different exposures).

I'm not sure anybody said harder was better here. I ran 3 RAW conversions (2 minutes), blended and processed in PS CS3 (maybe 20 minutes) and don't claim it to be "hard" technically. So, while changing color temp and playing with curves/levels is easier, takes little time and yields okay results ... I was going for more than 'okay'. ;-)
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Default So your saying you want me to precess it in CS4?

JK.

Well said.
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