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Old 09-22-2012, 01:46 PM   #61
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Yes, they were pretty small files to start with, between 51 and 54 KB, whereas the picture of my Power Wagon was 4.32 MB and that was with a point and shoot. With my DSLR they are usually between 8 and 11 MB.

Not criticizing your photos, that is just the nature of compressing them as attachments for the forum. Just converting to jpg is a compression process which discards data and then when you further compress them more is lost.

Just giving a little insight as to what can sometimes be done with those "disappointing" photos we all get once in awhile. Post-processing is as much an art form as photography itself is. I really enjoy Trey Ratcliff's work in HDR.

Cowracer referred to him earlier in the thread.

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Old 09-22-2012, 02:32 PM   #62
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Glenn,

It's ironic that you posted Trey's site. I was thinking as I browsed your pictures that I had see this technique before. I found his site earlier this week when researching HDR. Really interesting.

How much time do you typically spend processing each picture?
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:50 PM   #63
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I am still very much a novice, but am trying to learn. I don't post-process all of my photos. I just select a special few I think would benefit.

I like Lightroom because it is much easier to use and is more user friendly than Photoshop, although you can do much more with Photoshop. Once you are familiar with the software it does not take very long unless you are doing a lot to the photo such as HDR, special effects & texts. Most photos I simply increase the sharpness/clarity, vibrance and saturation slightly and maybe play with the highlights and shadows. That usually only takes 30 to 60 seconds per photo. Again that is once you are familiar with the software, the first few were very time consuming and disappointing. If I have several photos taken in similar conditions, I can apply the same process to all at the same time.

I am just starting to try my hand at HDR, so I will undoubtedly get better and faster, but right now it is taking 15 to 60 minutes, however a lot of that is going back forth by trial and error to see what I like.

What I did with Yukon Don's and my photos was not true HDR. True HDR uses several photos of the same scene with different exposures by the camera. I used a single photo and created the same process. It frequently will improve a photo, particularly one with high contrasts, but is not as good as with multiple exposures from the camera.
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:39 PM   #64
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Thanks.

That's helpful and I appreciate your sharing.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:13 PM   #65
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took these tonight ! from my front yard !
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Great shots Ron

Silhouetting is a great effect and they are a lot of fun to make.

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Old 09-26-2012, 09:12 PM   #67
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I was driving home from work and Im like holy cow what a picture that would make !
dw thought I was hurt or something when I ran into house like 456 mph to grab camera !

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Very nice shot! Those sunset shots have a very short window of opportunity. Often by the time I get the camera the brilliance has gone.

I was fortunate two years ago to get this one:



This was taken with a point and shoot. Photo is straight from the camera with no post processing.
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Very nice shot! Those sunset shots have a very short window of opportunity. Often by the time I get the camera the brilliance has gone.

I was fortunate two years ago to get this one:

This was taken with a point and shoot. Photo is straight from the camera with no post processing.
Mine was shot as you see it with no special effects as well.
They look oddly similar !

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...They look oddly similar !

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Yes they do. When I saw yours, I immediately remembered the one I had taken.

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