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Old 08-29-2012, 01:00 PM   #406
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Old 08-29-2012, 01:34 PM   #407
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Glad it worked. Were the dogs locals, or traveling with you?
Local dogs, although they would have been welcomed company. ;)
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:46 AM   #408
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:45 PM   #409
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:24 PM   #410
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I feel like Rip van Winkle!

OMG! (please excuse)
I'm never going to get pulled away from my computer now that I've learned about this!
So I'll read the references to learn more, but first ....
Are more images better, i.e. 5 at -2, -1, 0, +1, +2 better than 3 at -2, 0, +2?
Are half stops better than full? i.e. many photos at finer granularity of exposure?
I can do this with .jpg from my Canon point-and-shoot? (my old Nikon slr's are film!)
And one can use a single image to create multiple versions of "different exposure" to feed into photomatrix (or equivalent)? Could you elaborate?
I may have to get me a new camera after all!
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PS - Dave,
Now that I know about this, it would seem that a lot of your pix in your 2012 AK trip are HDR; is that correct?
So do you have a way of setting up your camera to "take a set of bracketed shots"?
Or do you have to do it manually? And are you setting up a tripod? or doing this manually?
The last question relates to my asking about photos vs riding, stopping for a shot while still on the bike or "setting up".
(I do ask a lot of questions, don't I ;-)

Edit: Ah, I found this in your thread about you and Matthew going to the Grand Canyon.
"I do not bracket exposures and then merge them together later with software (yet). My camera has the capability of doing this for me. In HDR mode the Pentax K7 will shoot three different exposures and merge them automatically inside the camera, the result being a single JPEG file. It works ok some of the time to get an acceptable image that would otherwise be impossible. Whenever I am shooting a scene with such dark and light contrasts I try to capture a few in HDR mode, but I am often able to use Lightroom to get a single RAW exposure that looks better than the HDR."


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You could shoot in jpeg as well, but you lose lots of data that may be needed to recover shadows and highlights. Take a photo you already shot and give it a try.
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Old 09-08-2012, 02:44 PM   #411
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Hi ceej. I'm happy to see you are excited. I would urge you to slow down and reread this thread. The free HDR tutorial listed earlier will teach you more than I am qualified to do, and you will find the answer to most of your questions. As for your questions specific to me. My Alaska RR does have plenty of HDRs. I use a dslr with an auto-bracketing feature. Deciding how many exposures and how far apart they should be is highly dependant on the dynamic range of the scene you are shooting. 3 exposures 2 EV apart will work for about 90% of the time. 5 at 2 EV apart may not be enough for some scenes though. I rarely use a tripod.



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Old 09-08-2012, 02:47 PM   #412
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Edit: Ah, I found this in your thread about you and Matthew going to the Grand Canyon.
"I do not bracket exposures and then merge them together later with software (yet). My camera has the capability of doing this for me. In HDR mode the Pentax K7 will shoot three different exposures and merge them automatically inside the camera, the result being a single JPEG file. It works ok some of the time to get an acceptable image that would otherwise be impossible. Whenever I am shooting a scene with such dark and light contrasts I try to capture a few in HDR mode, but I am often able to use Lightroom to get a single RAW exposure that looks better than the HDR."
I've found in-camera HDR to be nearly worthless and wouldn't recommend buying a camera just for this feature. I now use auto-bracketing and merge to HDR later with Photomatic Pro 4.
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:49 PM   #413
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First try at this HDR thing...I have been very inspired by this thread to actually learn how to use our Nikon D3000 and take some pictures. Thank you for the motivation, its really a lot of fun! Next up is to get my hands on Lightroom 4 and actually get the real copy of Photomatix



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Old 09-08-2012, 10:21 PM   #414
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Very nice swdirtrider. Shooting directly at the sun is fun, huh?
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:11 AM   #415
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:22 PM   #416
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:00 AM   #417
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:18 AM   #418
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This is just a one exposure pic from my iPhone. I think the results came out good.



A bit too dark on the second one. Perhaps a redo in PhotoMatix.

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Old 09-17-2012, 04:55 PM   #419
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Crazyman I think I like the second one better. It has that more "real" look to it than the first one. Just an opinion of course.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:45 AM   #420
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Crazyman I think I like the second one better. It has that more "real" look to it than the first one. Just an opinion of course.
I agree it looks more 'natural', but it's needs a bit of adjustment.
I redid it and think it looks good. Not bad for iPhone pics.
One of these days I'll take the dslr out and get some hi-res shots.

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