Making photographs, not just taking them – Dundee, Tayside, Scotland

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HDR experiment

So whilst out at the Dundee Observatory a few nights ago I wasn’t exactly inspired by my surroundings. Because of this I deliberately started bracketing my shots with the aim of playing around and creating some HDR images. I’ve done a little of this in the past but haven’t been overly impressed with my results.

Here is an example of the sorts of images I was getting in the past:

IMG_0140 - 04Jun2013-Edit

Not very interesting and certainly doesn’t grab your attention. To create this image I was simply using the HDR feature within Photoshop but I’ve kept hearing that this doesn’t give good results, certainly against other software. So I finally decided to go and find something else to try.

I’d heard about both Photomatix and HDR efex Pro, but as soon as I saw a video showing how well HDR efex Pro works with Lightroom (almost seamlessly) I knew that was the one I wanted to try first. I downloaded a trial and here is a couple of images I created using it:

IMG_0140 - 04Jun2013_HDR

(Using the same 3 images as the Photoshop image before)

IMG_0127 - 04Jun2013_HDR_2

They may still not be very inspiring and I could do with spending more time learning how to better use this software but it is faster to use and even the basic images created are far better than those produced using Photoshop.

I am very happy so far with my little experiment and I can see myself using it more and more in order to create some different images to what I normal produce.

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