I’ve been practicing techniques and improving my skills using Photomatix Pro and Adobe Photoshop Elements for post camera processing of HDR (High Dynamic Range) images. The trees below were captured at Grant Rea Park, Montebello, California. (Click on any image for best viewing experience. Please note, these are large files and loading on your browser might drag out, for faster loading you can find these images on my Smug Mug album.)
The base image (above) was combined with a second of the same scene at 2 EV under exposed and a third of the same scene at 2 EV over exposed. Despite best practices, the three images were made without a tripod, and I lucked out in terms of maintaining image alignment.
Variation 1 was the initial HDR I fabricated, altering the overall brightness and contrast and playing with hue and saturation.
In variation 2 I burned in the center, over exposed areas and intensified overall color saturation and modified overall hue.
In variation 3 I darkened the overall hue and used a “water color” filter.
In variation 4 I attempted to perfect a more conventional HDR image effect, modifying each of the red, green, blue and cyan color channels in terms of hue and saturation individually. In all of the variations I also manipulated contrast.
In variation 5 I again played with hue and saturation via the individual color channels and applied a “colored pencil” filter.
Variation 6 is a modification of variation 4, I selectively modified the hues and saturation of only the three foreground trees and also modified th brightness and contrast of only the three foreground trees.
Please tell me what you think of these images, feel free to take the poll and leave comments. (Don’t be shy, I can take criticism, or ignore it.)