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Opinion on these photos

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by JimLewis, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. steveparrott

    steveparrott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,276

    I haven't worked with HDR much, tried it a couple times, got poor results so gave up. It does have potential, however, for landscape lighting photos - I've seen some awesome HDR images. Seems to be a steep learning curve to get the process right. Check out this site for some masterfull HDR images.
  2. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
    Messages: 1,865

    This one was my favorite, maybe I'll try HDR again... :)

  3. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,263

    I would like to take some shots like that.
  4. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    HDR works very well for landscape photography, but it is enough to write several books on, so for starters go apeture priority with F8 iso 100 or 200 if you have decent camera, and use a tripod and remote trigger.

    My advice to Jim is to learn to watch the histogram on your DSLR and learn to avoid blow outs or hotspots. The idea is to capture all the detail you can and then adjust in photoshop or lightroom. I love the subject matter of the bridge and the gazebo, but the hotspots take away from it.

    There are lots of people that will get bent because you did not capture it in the camera initially, but what is most important is getting the shot and subject matter. Adjustments are no different than when people developed film. The idea is to tweak it to get the best visual result. It should be easy on the eyes and keep them from wandering.

    I made some quick tweaks to Jim's photos for illustration purposes. I know this is taboo since I didn't ask, but I'm not using them anyways.

    Original, Lightroom 4 tweaked, and HDR faked, true bracketed HDR




    High Point-2967.jpg
  5. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,263

    To me, the HDR effects make the photos look more like artist illustrations.
    They no longer look like photos.
  6. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
    Messages: 1,865

    I agree, that was my complaint with my photographer almost verbatim.

    The girl looks real though...
  7. steveparrott

    steveparrott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,276

    I find the biggest distraction with many HDR photos is extreme increase in detail and extreme sharpness in every part ot the photo. Sometimes it's startling and disquieting.

    It's like the difference between filmed movies and videotaped TV shows - though improvements in video are making them almost indestinguishable.

    Let's remember that the human eye is only in focus within about a 5% cone in the center of vision - everything else is blurry. We are also only able to focus at a certain distance - objects closer or farther are blurry. Our brains do a miraclulous job of interpreting these tiny areas of focus with subsequent glances to different parts of the scene to create what we perceive to be a landscape with everything in focus. But subconsciously we recognize that a real 3-D landscape requires certain eye movements and compensation to process properly.

    When we look at an HDR photo - especially one where objects are relatively close (like the garden/gazebo shot), the equal sharpness of all items in view doesn't feel right - it doesn't feel real - it makes us subtly uncomfortable.

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