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Up On Pulpit Rock (Single Exposure Version)

Up On Pulpit Rock (Single Exposure Version)
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Here is the Single Exposure version of "Up On Pulpit Rock"...

Alfred started an interesting thread asking if the 5 exposure HDR really "added" anything to this let's all compare and see.

Compare to the 5 shot HRR version:


Photographer: Bruce Thomas
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Uploaded: 01-Jun-2010 01:59 CEST
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Camera: Olympus E30
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Aperture: 7.1
Focal length: 9mm
Lens: 9-18mm
Focusing method: iESP
ISO: 100
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Flash: no
Image format: HQ
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Image resized to: 634x834

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I still think the 5 exposure HDR looks 'best'.

Lot's of mid range contrasts that are supplied by the 5 exposures that are present, but weaker in the single exposure.

The 5 exposure HDR looks more '3D' to me, like you could walk right "in" to the scene.

The 5 exposure HDR looks more like a film rendering to me.


Bruce Thomas at 02:14 CEST on 01-Jun-2010 [Reply]


This one has a better composition (more foreground), but the other one was more 'punchy'. So this is as far as you get with just one RAW?

By the way, why do you need five exposures - wouldn't two or three be enough?

I have to give a try to HDR one of these days.

Alfred Molon at 19:57 CEST on 01-Jun-2010 [Reply]

I prefer this to the HDR one

A beautiful shot again, Bruce. Personally, I prefer the single shot, but see some advantages in the HDR. My wife carefully says "Basically, I think it's personal opinion of the viewer. The HDR one seems to reduce the contrast, but the non-HDR looks a little more natural." Which may be her way of saying that she doesn't agree with me!
Anyway, some observations: First impression with HDR "Why is the sky black?" Otherwise, more detail in the distant mountains and countryside, and the tree in the middle seems more attractive. But overall a little dark and low-contrast for my taste.
Non-HDR is more natural-looking, with good contrast, if a little less detail in some areas as a result. Not sure why the vignetting in the sky? I prefer the slightly different composition of the non-HDR shot too.
Of course, all is subjective, as with all photography!
Looks like a nice place to be.

Jim Padget at 08:29 CEST on 02-Jun-2010 [Reply]