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Canterbury Arches

I have to admit that I haven't been able to resist staying away from HDR. So here's my third attempt at making an HDR image. This time it's been created from a single RAW file, and the exposure range has been enhanced by 1.67 stops. It's far less complex than the courtyard shot I did earlier this week - which was a stitched panorama taken from bracketed shots.

What do you think of this HDR attempt? Seems that HDR is passable as long as the enhancement you're trying to do isn't too dramatic. It still looks a bit unreal to me, but most casual viewers might not notice it.

Would you have known this is HDR if I hadn't mentioned it?

Canterbury Arches

I have to admit that I haven't been able to resist staying away from HDR. So here's my third attempt at making an HDR image. This time it's been created from a single RAW file, and the exposure range has been enhanced by 1.67 stops. It's far less complex than the courtyard shot I did earlier this week - which was a stitched panorama taken from bracketed shots.

What do you think of this HDR attempt? Seems that HDR is passable as long as the enhancement you're trying to do isn't too dramatic. It still looks a bit unreal to me, but most casual viewers might not notice it.

Would you have known this is HDR if I hadn't mentioned it?

comments (13)

It's funny I was about to say that this looks HDR until I read your caption. So I guess the answer is yes. So you agree with my point...HDR is a good tool.
  • skee
  • skeetown UK
  • 6 Apr 2006, 00:34
HDR-R.I.P! that's wot I think :-(

I'm getting really tried of all these mulitiple exposures....yes, that's wot we used to call it back in the days of pure film.

HDR, I don't buy, I am yet, repeat yet to see any1 on shutterchance do a proper HDR shot, worthy of a wow!

Back to this lovely picture, it is very nicely composed!
  • Suby
  • MK, UK
  • 6 Apr 2006, 06:58
Soon as I saw this it screamed HDR to me. Then I read the your caption. I sit hear 1st thing in the morning, wondering why oh why has this beautiful picture gone bad,

I'm bored, bored of this is it a HDR shot, do you like this HDR shot, is HDR the best thing since sliced bread, is HDR a good tool?

LAST WORDS any one will hear from the Subster on any HDR shot on Shutterchance(unless I am wowed). Do I detect a sigh of relief and more HDRs being put up?

Lovely shot. Absolutely dislike the HDR. sad

Suby

P.s
Agree with the Skee, looks like a multiple exposure.
Hi, Duane. I like the composition and perspective. I tend to be like Skee in regards to HDR. I've only seen a couple great HDR images and they were both on a single blog; the most impressive of the photographs contained seven different exposures. Cheers, Brent
  • Micki
  • 6 Apr 2006, 10:24
I really like what you're doing with the HDR. The colors are just so uplifting!
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Apr 2006, 11:14
Beautiful arches, nice pattern they make, also the lighting is great!!
  • deji77
  • Europe
  • 6 Apr 2006, 13:03
it still does look unreal. but i wonder if its down to the use of HDR or just that the eye isn't quite used to images like this on a screen. love the shot, the details and colour(s).
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 6 Apr 2006, 13:33
It does look a bit unreal, but it's the most natural result you've produced so far.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK
  • 6 Apr 2006, 13:56
Here's a good level-headed article, with example, about using HDR: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/hdr.shtml

As for this image, I think the effect is slightly over-cooked. With backlighting as strong as this, the cloisters would naturally look a bit darker to the human eye, so the brightness on this side of the columns looks artificial. Toned down a fraction I think it would look more natural and improve the image overall. You're absolutely right - subtlety is key.

I can't fault the subject matter. Lovely arches and fluted watchamacallits going off to the top left corner.
The Maven: Thanks Colin for referring me to that article on Luminous Landscape. I've not seen it before, quite an interesting read.

The problem with subtlety is that it also means that the HDR effect is marginal. And in which case, just tweaking the exposure settings during RAW conversion would give a similar effect - no need for HDR anymore!
  • Paul
  • 6 Apr 2006, 14:19
Very nice image. I haven't tried HDR yet, and I didn't realize you could do it with one RAW file. I'll have to give it a shot.
The Maven: It certainly is possible with 1 RAW file. When you convert the RAW data, extra multiple exposures in 1/3rd EV stops. The HDR combine script in Photoshop won't work. It will say that there's not enough dynamic range to create an HDR image. But Photomatix (www.hdrsoft.com) will be able to combine them.
  • sk
  • Smallville
  • 6 Apr 2006, 17:14
Ur really improving with ur HDR Duane, its a nice shot. So what do u think of HDR now?
The Maven: Well, it seems not everyone is convinced that it's an improvement. There's clearly scope to make the HDR enhancement even more discrete. I'm thinking of re-doing the cathedral courtyard 1 more time.
  • Dia
  • Greece
  • 6 Apr 2006, 21:47
Well, I dont know a lot about photography (and HDR of course) but I like this one, and I liked the previous HDR shot too, for me sometimes if it does look a little bit not real works fine smile
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