HDR Sunset

6/25/2008 I redid the HDR using photoshop to merge the images and the new photomatix to tone map. I also changed the crop and played with a few other things. Take a look and let me know which one looks better.

This is the first HDR shot that I have done. Again this image was taken on the beach in San Francisco. I used bracketing on my camera at +/- 2 EV. This gave me three images that each exposed a different part of the picture correctly. The water, sunset and rocks where all at very different light levels. I used photoshop to make the HDR image but I used photomatix to actually do the tonemapping and 8 bit output. I tried to give this image a slightly surreal look without going so far to make it look fake. Let me know what you think.

Canon 350D (RAW)
1/15, 1/60, sec at f/11, ISO 400
50mm (17.0-50.0mm f/2.8 Tamron)

Adjustments made in Lightroom:
- Levels, Tone Curve, Clarity, Saturation, Vibrance

Adjustments made in Photoshop:
- Used bridge to merge photos to HDR
- Opened photos in photomatix and used tone mapping slidders.
- Brought the photo back into photoshop and applied Noise Ninja, saturation, and a little rubberstamping for dust

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