A Bit More HDR


So here we go again, a bit more on HDR. As I have already stated in an earlier post it really takes a tripod to do justice to a good HDR shot, whether one uses the ‘in camera’ method or the more familiar ‘post process’ methods. Yet again I must confess that these images come from a series of hand held shots so are not exactly what anyone would call a masterpiece!

This first image is a completely unprocessed RAW file from a sequence of images that go to make up an in camera HDR image. The actual HDR image was discarded as it was really not up to scratch, too much movement between the images so the HDR version was not properly overlaid.

Canon 5D MkIII, EF 180mm f3.5L Macro USM, 1/500 @ f3.5, ISO 200

This next image is the processed version of the image above with the following Lightroom V4 tweaks applied: 

White Balance:

  • Temp: 5050
  • Tint: +25

Tone:

  • Exposure: 0
  • Contrast: -14
  • Highlights: 0
  • Shadows: 0
  • Whites: +30
  • Blacks:0
  • Clarity: +100
  • Vibrance: +58
  • Saturation: 0

Sharpening:

  • Amount: 150
  • Radius: 2.2
  • Detail: 9
  • Masking: 0

Noise Reduction:

  • Luminance: 100
  • Detail: 50
  • Contrast: 0
  • Color: 100
  • Detail: 50

Some cropping was also applied to the image.

This next image is one that was produced using the Canon ‘in camera’ HDR setting.

Canon 5D MkIII, EF 180mm f3.5L Macro USM, 1/500 @ f3.5, ISO 200

This next image is the processed version of the image above with the following Lightroom V4 tweaks applied:

White Balance:

  • Temp: +8
  • Tint: +1

Tone:

  • Exposure: 0
  • Contrast: +48
  • Highlights: -65
  • Shadows: +69
  • Whites: -89
  • Blacks: +8
  • Clarity: 0
  • Vibrance: -51
  • Saturation: 0
Post-Crop Vignetting:

  • Style: Highlight Priority
  • Amount: -55
  • Midpoint: 25
  • Roundness: 0
  • Feather: 68
  • Highlights: 0

The following mask was also applied across the whole image from top to bottom, with the mid point being in the centre of the actual image:

  • Exposure: -0.50
  • Contrast: 16
  • Highlights: -21
  • Clarity: 20
  • Saturation: 15
 
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