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    3 Shot HDR - Nik HDR EFX Pro ....

    This work for anyone ?
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    Looks good. Did you have to do noise adjustments on any of the layers. I like the utilization of lines in the foreground but it needs a little more detail (around the hedgerows) to lead the eye upwards.

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    Nice picture.
    what is Nik HDR efex? is it a special software for HDR pictures? or it is a multifunction software?
    I am using Photomatix for Mac for HDR.
    anyone knows which is better? and in which aspect?

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    The HDR works just fine for me.
    Maybe the castle should be set a little more to the left whilst showing a bit more of the sun to the right. JMHO.

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    Re: This work for anyone ?

    Subtle HDR like this is no problem. It's overly dramatic, post-apocalyptic shots of half-empty Oreo packets that drive me crazy. This is appropriate and believable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mahfoudhhi View Post
    Nice picture.
    what is Nik HDR efex? is it a special software for HDR pictures? or it is a multifunction software?
    I am using Photomatix for Mac for HDR.
    anyone knows which is better? and in which aspect?
    http://www.niksoftware.com/hdrefexpr...o%2Fmain.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowman View Post
    Looks good. Did you have to do noise adjustments on any of the layers. I like the utilization of lines in the foreground but it needs a little more detail (around the hedgerows) to lead the eye upwards.
    You are finding it noisy ?

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    Lovely shot. I'm not bothered by any significant noise, but I might play with a little dodging of the lighter trees in the foregound, although it might just look unnatural given the sun position. Love the drama of the sky as a backdrop for the castle.
    Might also check out a 15-20% crop off the left to get the castle off center. Stunning shot as is.

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    Thank you Jeff.
    a question for you and for everybody here. Is it better than Photomatix? in what aspect? How is it better?
    Thank you very much in advance to everyone who answers this question.

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    Re: This work for anyone ?

    Great image Jeff. I guess I agree that moving the subject off-center, to left, would add something.

    I have only used my in-camera HDR (Nikon D600) and would like to get a focused application for adding HDR to my repertoire with lightroom, so am hoping for more info on the options for adding this capacity without getting into photoshop, etc.

    Nik? Photomatix? Something else?

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by mahfoudhhi View Post
    Thank you Jeff.
    a question for you and for everybody here. Is it better than Photomatix? in what aspect? How is it better?
    Thank you very much in advance to everyone who answers this question.
    I've used both PhotoMatrix & Nik HDR EFX Pro & I prefer the latter. I'm a big user of Nik products so probably a bit biased, but objectively
    The Nik product is well integrated into Lightroom
    Its fast
    It's controls are labelled in a Familiar way (Contrast, Black point, Saturation etc)
    It has the Nik control point technology integrated into it - which allows one to selectively drill down into the HDR Stack of images - big plus I think.
    It has graduated neutral density filters built in.

    I did some good stuff with Photomatrix but I bought the Nik product.

    Best thing is to try them both out - there are free demos for both, and while you are at it, try SNS-HDR as well.

    Best

    J

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustBeltRaw View Post
    Subtle HDR like this is no problem. It's overly dramatic, post-apocalyptic shots of half-empty Oreo packets that drive me crazy. This is appropriate and believable.
    I only use it to extend the dynamic range of the camera. I hate that stuff as well.

    J

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    Quote Originally Posted by Downrigger View Post
    Great image Jeff. I guess I agree that moving the subject off-center, to left, would add something.

    I have only used my in-camera HDR (Nikon D600) and would like to get a focused application for adding HDR to my repertoire with lightroom, so am hoping for more info on the options for adding this capacity without getting into photoshop, etc.

    Nik? Photomatix? Something else?

    Mark
    See above, the best thing is to try them out - free demos available.

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    Re: This work for anyone ?

    Looks good to me.

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    Nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by escaladieu View Post
    I've used both PhotoMatrix & Nik HDR EFX Pro & I prefer the latter. I'm a big user of Nik products so probably a bit biased, but objectively
    The Nik product is well integrated into Lightroom
    Its fast
    It's controls are labelled in a Familiar way (Contrast, Black point, Saturation etc)
    It has the Nik control point technology integrated into it - which allows one to selectively drill down into the HDR Stack of images - big plus I think.
    It has graduated neutral density filters built in.

    I did some good stuff with Photomatrix but I bought the Nik product.

    Best thing is to try them both out - there are free demos for both, and while you are at it, try SNS-HDR as well.

    Best

    J
    Thank you again Jeff for the good answer. that's all I want to hear. I am going for Nik.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AB26 View Post
    The HDR works just fine for me.
    Maybe the castle should be set a little more to the left whilst showing a bit more of the sun to the right. JMHO.
    I agree with Andre
    the HDR is good and I 'd try to set the castle more to the left.

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    Re: This work for anyone ?

    Like it, would just increase contrast a bit.

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    Re: This work for anyone ?

    Hi Jeff,

    You probably don't need to be told again, but it is such a nice shot that I had to say something

    If mine, I would;
    Raise Black point (darkest tone appears to be approx. 10 at the moment)
    Lighten the mid-tones; in Levels I'd apply 1.1 to the Grey point
    Crop 15% off the left side

    ... which coincides with what many others have mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by escaladieu View Post
    3 Shot HDR - Nik HDR EFX Pro ....

    This work for anyone ?
    Thanks for all the great feedback everyone, most helpful.

    I did compose the shot deliberately with the castle central, but if you asked me why I couldn't tell you!

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