OldNavy609 Albuquerque, US Registered since 07th Feb 2012
Mon 04-Feb-13 06:56 PM
I recently visited my hometown. This old wagon is in front of the local museum. Nikon D700. I used Photomatrix to bring out the texture and contrast in the wagon. Single image. Even though the image is cluttered, I hope that this is what HDR is all about. C&C welcome. Good shooting, Lee
Lee. I think you said it yourself... the processing looks fine to me and there is plenty of detail but.... for me... it is far too cluttered and my concentration wanders, I don't know what I'm supposed to be looking at. Too many distractions and unlike some some very detailed images there is nothing that leads me naturally in from front to back.
In addition some of the foreground detail is cut off eg. the metal barrel. Sorry if that sounds a bit negative Derek
Thanks for the input. I knew when I took the photo that it was too cluttered. I was more concerned with attempting to bring out the detail and contrast of the wagon. It is more an experiment than an "event". Again thanks. Good shooting, Lee
Like you, I am new to HDR so please accept my comments as the basis for a further discussion.
I always thought the purpose of HDR was to capture images with a dynamic range that exceeded the capacity of the camera sensor. In this case, using say three or five images might have allowed you to bring back some detail from the deep shadows and also to bring out detail on the wheel spokes, particularly the right hand wheel, which seems to be blown out. In other words, by eliminating/reducing highlights and shadows, you bring back the texture and detail.
I do acknowledge that there are HDR techniques that use only a single image. I am not sure how that is done, so I would not like to comment on whether you have got the best possible outcome from this shot.