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03-03-2011, 09:13 PM   #1
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Trinity Church HDR - Which one do you prefer?
Lens: DA L 18-55 Camera: K-x Photo Location: New York 

I shot this trinity church in NYC using exposure bracketing. Used +/- 2 EV and shot 3 images hand-held.

Here are the processed HDR versions of the same. Which one do you prefer?

Black & White version -

Attachment 85262

Painting Effect -

Attachment 85263

Close to real (though the church wasn't so bright in real) -

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Unfortunately on all of them there is a distinct halo effect around the church top which is unsightly. As a result, I prefer #3, but the tonemapping can be better done to avoid the difficulties of HDR creeping in.
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Thank you Ash. I see that now. Actually I haven't done any changes to presets and this is what Photomatix produced without any tinkering. I should probably play with some of settings.

Thanks for the suggestion.
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No worries Ronak.
On all PP tools, it's both enlightening and enjoyable to learn all the nuances of the available functions - and you may be surprised on how powerful tools such as Photomatix HDR are in transforming RAW images into works of art.
Keep practicing.

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Photomatix is a great HDR program, but I find it very rare that I can leave it on the presets. Playing is the best way the learn
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I'm not a big fan of "overdone" HDR... thus for me the b/w one is the best.
To my eyes, the 2nd one is too overdone and the 3rd one is a little bit too much as well.
HDR images tend to be too flat due to the lower contrast thus lacking the so called "3d effect".
Keep in mind this is just my opinion and as always it's a matter of personal taste

Regardless, thanks for sharing
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I am also in the opinion in this case of being a bit overdone. I like the B&W best of this series.
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The B&W is best IMO.

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