Anyone got a mattress?

This is another post from Comet, MT. It’s an old mining town off High Ore Rd. I only got a chance to run through the barracks, but it was pretty cool nonetheless.  After watching a tutorial by Jacques Gudé, I really liked what I saw. I created this image before I watched his tutorial and I provided my own touch to it. When I work on portraits, I like to make the images more rustic/vintage-ish looking. I applied the same technique in this HDR image. So, that being said, enjoy and let me know what you think! 

HDR - 9 Exposures
Canon 50D, Canon 10-22mm f3.5-4.5, 14mm (Cropped), ISO 100, HDR, 9 Exposures

Tips & Tricks: HDR – What is the purpose of using more exposures in your brackets?

I always try to talk with other photographers to get their input on my work. How else am I going to grow? Recently, I’ve been talking with Scott Frederick, a VERY talented HDR photographer, and he was nice enough to take a look at some of my recent work. During these conversations, he explained to me why he uses more exposures in his HDR shots. It gives you more detail (there is more information – I knew this already), but it also reduces the noise and halos in your image that can occur after running it through software such as Photomatix. So, I thought I would run a quick test. I took a bracket that I shot the other night (9 exposures) and ran 3 exposures (-2,0,+2) through Photomatix. Then, I ran all 9 exposures through Photomatix. Let’s see what we get:

Note: These results are straight from Photomatix. I used the same settings on both.

3 Exposure HDR: -2,0,+2 You can def. notice some pixelation in the zoomed in area.


9 Exposure HDR. There is some pixelation, but it is VERY slight.

Well, I can tell a difference between the two… hopefully, you can too. A lot of people use Topaz Labs to run their HDR images through Topaz Adjust. Adjust introduces a TON more noise, so any noise you can eliminate before running it through Adjust helps!

Now, I wouldn’t want to leave you hanging by not letting you see the complete image, so here it is. Enjoy the extra image!

9 Exposure HDR
Canon 50D, Canon 10-22mm f3.5-4.5, 15mm, ISO 100, HDR, 9 Exposures

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January 4, 2011 - 7:16 pm

James I really like that sky in the background – very natural, and detailed. Maybe a little strobe on the foreground to bring out that blue arch?

Do they allow flashes with HDR? ;D

January 4, 2011 - 7:29 pm

Chris @James – Yeah, strobes wouldn’t really work with HDR. What I can do is bring in one of the original, over-exposed images and mask that in though. I’ll give that a shot tonight and see what I think. Thanks for the idea!

January 5, 2011 - 7:37 am

therese see…there are cool places to take pictures in MT, you just have to know where to look. i don’t know much about hdr, but it looks pretty cool (and technical). congrats on this blog – keep posting (and keep posting on flickr, too – i love that picture of your grandpa!)

January 5, 2011 - 9:05 am

Chris @Therese – Thanks, Therese! Yeah, I’m having a lot of fun with it. Thanks for checking it out!

March 23, 2011 - 10:35 am

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