I was driving by this field the other night as the sun was setting. The sun was focused on the tree. I took this photo and converted it into an HDR using HDR Efex pro. I only had enough time to grab the camera brace it against a post and shoot. I like the overall setting and the color and focus on the tree.
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Today after work I decided to head out for some sunset photos. The clouds were setting up for a potentially fantastic sunset. I was grateful when a few minutes later the sunset fizzled out. As is the case on many occasions I was diverted by something that held more interest. I was sidetracked by the colorful leaves covering the ground. Within minutes I came across this scene. This is a five exposure HDR of a small boat dock. The streaks on the bottom of the page are leaves floating by.
To take this photo I set my camera up on a tripod and used a cable release. It was getting dark enough by this point that I did not need a neutral density filter.
The specs for this photo are:
Tripod and cable release
24-70mm lens set at 32mm
The exposures lasted from 5 to 30 seconds.
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I processed them using Lightroom 3. Then I exported the photos to Photomatix Pro 4. I played around with this for several minutes, but I was unable to find a look I liked. I either ended up with a look that was too surrealistic or too bland on saturation. I was unable to find a happy middle ground. I then exported the images to CS5 HDR Pro. I quickly found a look I liked. It was very similar to the final product you see below. The only differences were slightly less saturation and it wasn't as sharp. At this point I thought I would try the new HDR product from Nik software. I don't own it yet, so I downloaded the trial version. Within seconds I was able to find a look I liked.
This is not a complete review of HDR Efex Pro, but from what I saw the programs gives you many more presets then other products, easier to use sliders, point control and much more. HDR Efex Pro is built with photographers in mind. It is easy to use and produces great results. I will be purchasing this product as soon as I am able to justify it with my wife. My new lens has set me back a little on future purchases.
What I like about the following photo:
I like the rich colors of fall.
I like the reflection in the water.
I like the streaks of colorful leaves in the water.
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