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dave6253 05-10-2012 09:49 PM

Motorcycles in HDR - Post Yours Here!
 
http://dave6253.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...nset-20-XL.jpg


HDR is an acronym for High Dynamic Range. It is a photographic technique usually involving multiple exposures of the same scene shot in rapid sequence at different exposure values in order to capture a scene of bright and dark areas that your eyes are usually capable of seeing, but your camera cannot capture in a single exposure. The photographs are then merged using a computer program. In the above photo a single shot from most any camera looking towards the setting sun would show a completely over-exposed (white) sky and/or a completely under-exposed (black) foreground. Because of the local contrast, clarity and color saturation this process can work well for motorcycles.

If you shoot motorcycle HDRs, share them here! If you want to know more about HDR photography, there are stunning examples and a free tutorial here: Stuck In Customs

This is what some people think of when they think HDR (and why many hate HDRs).
Overcooked...
http://dave6253.smugmug.com/photos/i...rhXqP3N-XL.jpg

But they do not always need to be so obvious.
http://dave6253.smugmug.com/photos/i...dKLN76P-XL.jpg


HDRs can make even cloudy days look interesting.
http://dave6253.smugmug.com/photos/i...vLfmPNL-XL.jpg


http://dave6253.smugmug.com/photos/i...HVdRpCH-XL.jpg



http://dave6253.smugmug.com/photos/i...g8XSsMv-XL.jpg




http://dave6253.smugmug.com/photos/i...JGqkHJ4-XL.jpg




http://dave6253.smugmug.com/photos/i...DrRS2tG-XL.jpg




http://dave6253.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...-Sunset-XL.jpg




http://dave6253.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...-Sunset-X2.jpg


BTW, If you HATE HDRs, you're in the WRONG THREAD!

Alcan Rider 05-10-2012 11:39 PM

While I usually try to keep my HDR photos from being too obvious to the casual viewer, most can be identified by someone using the process, such as this one -
http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Motorc...70crope-X2.jpg

The brilliant orange of the SPOT tracker is a giveaway in this photo -
http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Motorc...6262Deep-L.jpg

Aside from the clouds, this one isn't noticeably HDR -
http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Motorc...17BCS60-XL.jpg

Once again, the exaggerated orange (reminiscent of good ol' Kodachrome slides) provides the clue that this is HDR -
http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/OtherH...CN6385L-X2.jpg

The brilliant reds and oranges (which could be adjusted out, but would then leave the photo looking rather normal) identify this shot as HDR -
http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Motorc...2_6mN49-XL.jpg

Adjusted to bring out the clouds and add definition to the mountains without the usual red and orange flare -
http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Motorc...2_uwXWi-XL.jpg

HDR does a nice job on flowers -
http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Motorc...DSCN5046-L.jpg

Fall colors are a great opportunity for HDR to show its stuff -
http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Roadsi...8_raneP-X2.jpg

Olive 05-11-2012 03:14 AM

Fantastic! A new world for me... thank's for sharing.

bmccrary 05-11-2012 05:57 AM

Very nice shots. Thanks for sharing. I have tried to do some HDR shots in the past but at the time I didnt have a remote and I was still bumping the camera so my final image was a bit blurry after all the shots were overlaid. I reformatted my hard drive and lost my hacked version of photoshop. Need to get back into working on that again.

scootac 05-11-2012 07:07 AM

Nice thread!!!:clap:clap:clap
I'm just starting to learn HDR,,, no pics with a bike yet.
When people put up their photos,,, might help the beginners if they could maybe say what HDR program they used and how they went about it? Right now, I'm using Photomatix and just doing 'what looks good' for me.

Alcan Rider 05-11-2012 12:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scootac (Post 18663013)
Nice thread!!!:clap:clap:clap
I'm just starting to learn HDR,,, no pics with a bike yet.
When people put up their photos,,, might help the beginners if they could maybe say what HDR program they used and how they went about it? Right now, I'm using Photomatix and just doing 'what looks good' for me.

Good suggestion. :nod

The program I use is Photomatix. Extremely versatile and pretty much intuitive. It comes with a small assortment of what they call "Presets" to get you started, and then you can adjust the various settings to suit your tastes and save those separately. Over the years I have come up with 50 or 60 variations that I have labeled and saved as my own. Simplifies the tonemapping phase. Even those, I tweak a bit to improve individual photos when I think it will improve them.

Alcan Rider 05-11-2012 12:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bmccrary (Post 18662531)
Very nice shots. Thanks for sharing. I have tried to do some HDR shots in the past but at the time I didnt have a remote and I was still bumping the camera so my final image was a bit blurry after all the shots were overlaid. I reformatted my hard drive and lost my hacked version of photoshop. Need to get back into working on that again.

You might give Photomatix a try. 99% of my HDR's were shot with the camera handheld and the program has done an excellent job of overlaying them accurately. Not perfect, but certainly acceptable. Three of the four cameras I use currently can be set to automatically bracket a shot, which helps. The downside is that they can only be set to under- and over-expose by one f-stop (1 EV) each way. For special scenes, that are worth the extra effort, the tripod comes out and I'll do a total of five exposures, from -2 f-stops to + 2 f-stops. Photomatix has no trouble with any number of exposures I throw at it.

You can download and sample the full Photomatix program at no charge. It will add a watermark to the photos before you pay for the program, but you can put it through its paces to see how well you like it.

rtadlock 05-11-2012 02:47 PM

All of these were done with Luminance HDR (formally Qtpfsgui) - http://qtpfsgui.sourceforge.net/

It's free (as in speech), and works pretty well. Now onto a few pictures:

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5416384937/" title="Untitled by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5136/5416384937_be30e0611d_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Untitled"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/4589959786/" title="HDR shot of my SXV by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4053/4589959786_d41f655490_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="HDR shot of my SXV"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5585377395/" title="Untitled by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5304/5585377395_d1242aa8ea_b.jpg" width="1024" height="681" alt="Untitled"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5585666710/" title="Untitled by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5138/5585666710_2a77065b74_b.jpg" width="1024" height="681" alt="Untitled"></a>

I don't do much HDR, so these are all I have. Most of the time I just like to use it to make my colors vibrant like in the SXV shot above.

dave6253 05-11-2012 03:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scootac (Post 18663013)
,,, might help the beginners if they could maybe say what HDR program they used and how they went about it? Right now, I'm using Photomatix and just doing 'what looks good' for me.

I shoot in RAW and convert to TIFF in Lightroom 3. Then import to Photomatix Pro where I play around with the multitude of controls until I like the result. I send it back to Lightroom 3 where I finish the processing and import to Smugmug. I typically go for a more natural look, but unlike many I don't mind obvious HDR stuff like Trey Ratcliff is known for.

http://dave6253.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...unset-1-X2.jpg

dave6253 05-11-2012 03:56 PM

Excellent photos rtadlock. I really like the first one.

Alcan Rider, I've seen so many great photos from you, but never really noticed you had been using HDR. Nice!

dave6253 05-11-2012 04:23 PM

Why HDR?

This is a High Dynamic Scene. A camera will only capture so much of the range of light in a single exposure.

http://dave6253.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...xample-1-L.jpg

http://dave6253.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...xample-2-L.jpg

http://dave6253.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...xample-3-L.jpg

http://dave6253.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...xample-4-L.jpg

http://dave6253.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...xample-5-L.jpg

These were shot in rapid succession with the exposure values 2 stops apart.

None of the above photos really reflect what your eyes are capable of seeing, but are typical of what a modern camera is capable of. I used the 5 photos above to create this HDR.
http://dave6253.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...nset-16-XL.jpg


Many would say they do not like the finished result and that it looks unnatural. That's fine, but I would argue it looks closer to reality than the 5 previous photos that were over and under exposed. Photography has never really been good at depicting reality anyway. Why not use photography to create something you like?

StromHAMMER 05-11-2012 08:19 PM

The Black Duc
 
http://stromhammer.smugmug.com/Motor...-12-3789-L.jpg

http://stromhammer.smugmug.com/Motor...-12-2234-L.jpg

dacrazyrn 05-11-2012 08:46 PM

A few I have done.

I'm Two Damn Tired and Wiped Out!!

http://f800riders.org/forum/garage_a...nt.php?id=2530

http://f800riders.org/forum/garage_a...ent.php?id=780

http://f800riders.org/forum/garage_a...ent.php?id=796

Muley Point, UT My Dad's ashes are spread here

http://f800riders.org/forum/garage_a...nt.php?id=1467

Okay…had to throw in my other toys picture…during a blizzard.

http://images.dpchallenge.com/images...ted_848790.jpg

dacrazyrn 05-11-2012 09:02 PM

Hey Dave…Ever checked out http://dpchallenge.com? I use to compete on there ALL the time and have dropped off competing there much lately, but, it is a great place to get feedback, instruction, etc. Learned a lot on there!! I have been a member since it "pretty much" started. Got time, check it out.
My Profile is HERE


Quote:

Originally Posted by dave6253
http://dave6253.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...nset-16-XL.jpg
Why not use photography to create something you like?


sfarson 05-12-2012 12:07 AM

Ahhh.... a fine subject!

http://www.farson.com/r1200gsadv/hdr...church_hdr.jpg

http://www.farson.com/hypevosp/hdr/h...psquaw_hdr.jpg


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