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First HDR attempt....It's not the camrea's fault....

JohnE Nikon

New HArtford, US
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JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Wed 17-Oct-12 04:08 PM

I tried my first HDR last night.

Technically I made a major mistake.

I have been using auto iso more than with my D7000. The auto feature which determines my lens focal length is a great feature especially in low light without flash. I have been using this when doing general walk around photography. I like to keep the shutter speed 1 stop faster than the normal auto minimum shutter speed for a given lens. (ie 50mm lens shutter speed 1/100 sec) Whatever lens I have on now I know a quick shot will be sharp with good technique. The ability to go into auto iso with the sub command dial is a welcome addition.

Like all good things there are downsides. I tried bracketing a shot last night w +/- 3 stops. I forgot I was using auto-iso. I did this hand held due to time constraints. Instead of changing my shutter speed my iso was changed.... Obviously, because I had auto iso on. I didn't realize this until I tried to process the images... A little too late. I shot at F/5 1/160 sec, 1//100 sec, 1/100 sec w my 50mm prime. My iso's were 100, 560, and 4500.
Live and learn.

I use Nik software which gave me warnings that a 3 stop difference may result in artifacts. I went ahead and processed anyway.

The story ends on a positive note.

I was happy with my image despite all my technical shortcomings. (Hand held, high iso, too high a stop difference between images)

See below.
It may be too vibrant/ over done for some but I liked the drama for this picture. I welcome any comment.

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