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OK guys. I've been looking into some easy HDR imaging, using the GIMP and I've had a go at creating some additional dynamic range in a shot I took on the beach a while ago.

Here's the original image...



...and here's the HDR version.



Now I know it's not super-easy to see all the differences between them (although some are obvious), so I put a page up on my web site with a mouse-over to compare the two images.

Here's the link! The mouse-over is quite revealing. Which do you guys think looks better? The original, or the HDR? Personally, I prefer the HDR, but again I think it's a matter of individual taste. What do you guys think?

Highly-Annoyed
I like the sharpness of the HDR one, and the color above the sea-line is nice the blues on the rock are also nice, and overall the shot is lighter than the original (I'd say it has a bit too much magenta though). The original is clearer by the ocean line (I like the contrast), the greens on the moss are richer, and the blues are a bit better on the rocks, the sand is also clearer, but the shot is a tad too dark. I'd say I like the original better.
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i prefer the HDR by a long shot, nice job
what technique did you use?


just saw it on the page, ill have to give it a try.
Yeah, It's actually a pretty simple process. You just run the exposure blend plugin from GIMP, select three different exposures and blend them for some extra dynamic range. It seemed to work pretty well.

The only problem I found was that the selective/med and selective/high blur type/edge protection crashed the plugin, but it is free and open-source after all, so it's hard to grumble too much . You can either use no edge protection, or low edge protection without problems though and I didn't notice any decrease in sharpness from the original using the low setting, so I don't think it has too much of an impact anyway.

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Interesting image, nice lighting once it was 'shopped some. I have CS3 so it's a bit harder to get it to look good.
Yeah, I think it's worth getting acquainted with GIMP if you can make the time. It's not too hard to get used to and it's pretty powerful, as well as completely free. The HDR plugin might not be the best tool, or create the best result, but it's pretty quick, easy to use and free. I just under and over exposed an image by 2/3rds of an EV each way (using a RAW processor) and used the resultant images (including the "normally" exposed shot) to have the plugin create some extra dynamic range. I might try 2EV each way and see what I get.

Give yourself 20 minutes to play around with GIMP each day and you'll soon pick up enough to start unlocking it's powerful myriad of functionality.

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I like the sharpness of the HDR one, and the color above the sea-line is nice the blues on the rock are also nice, and overall the shot is lighter than the original (I'd say it has a bit too much magenta though). The original is clearer by the ocean line (I like the contrast), the greens on the moss are richer, and the blues are a bit better on the rocks, the sand is also clearer, but the shot is a tad too dark. I'd say I like the original better.
Yeah, some people prefer more contrast it would seem. I agree with your assessment though. I guess I need to play about a bit more to perfect the process.

I think everybody would benefit from giving GIMP and the exposure blend plugin a try. If you shoot in RAW, you can (most likely) under and over expose the in RAW processing, but otherwise you might want to give exposure bracketing a try.

I wonder if this same process would work with colour saturation, either on it's own or in conjunction with different exposures? I'll have to play around a bit and see what i can do .

Thanks for your input guys!

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Guys I am redesigning my website.

Here is a basic mock-up with random pictures:

Milophoto
Hey, looks good. I've got a few basic web sites kicking around and have built one fully functional commercial web site for a business I tried a couple of years ago.

I think the key is to come up with a simple design theme and then be consistent with it. Simplicity is always good for web design imo. Complicated graphics and/or site navigation often leads to people navigating away.

What you've got now looks good though!

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Cool thank you!
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Add me. I have a NikonD50





Some of my photos, all taken with my D50 ;o
Edited by Whyifide - 5/24/08 at 6:44pm
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Welcome Whyifide! I especially love your second shot! Nice!
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welcome to all the new guys i missed and sorry it took so long to add you, at&t has been updating there net or something so my connection has been on and off,
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How I wish I could get my hands on a DSLR. Going from an SLR to a point and shoot sucks. Hopefully I can get one at the end of this summer.
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