Happy New Years! A little late…

I know, I know… I’m a little late, but I saw this sign near my house and I really wanted to grab a shot of it. I thought it would be perfect with a nice sunrise directly behind it, but I yesterday was the first time the sun has been out in the morning… at least, this was the first time I could grab a shot of it. I know it’s not a very compelling/interesting image, but it’s the message more than the composition that grabbed me.

I do have one questions to anyone who might be reading this: How do you control ghosting in your clouds? In this image, you can tell there is a little ghosting, which isn’t that big of a deal because it’s a cloud… it MIGHT just be real. But, in this case, it’s not. So, do you grab an original exposure and replace the entire sky? Just that cloud? Thanks in advance for the help!

So, enjoy the image and the message. Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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

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January 9, 2011 - 6:03 pm

Chris DeAngelis It’s a great shot with the sunrise. Are you using Photomatix 4? You can do the auto-ghosting (semi-manual) and select the offending clouds and see if it comes out by choosing different exposures to mask in. I have been really hit and miss with their anti-ghosting tools and sometimes get a lot of color noise (I should send a sample to HDR soft to see if it is a bug), especially when trying to use it on a colored subject (I am fighting with ghosted trees on one of my shots currently…), but it has worked decently for clouds…

What has also worked is to bring in the best cloud exposure and just mask it in with 20-30% opacity and go over the clouds a few times more. I really dont have special tips other than that at this point (and am a relative beginner, so maybe I am not one to give advice). Masking is a pain, but I just got a Wacom Bamboo pen and touch that has made life so much easier!

Good luck and I will let you know if I stumble across any more info.

January 9, 2011 - 8:42 pm

Chris @Chris DeAngelis – Hey, thanks for commenting. Yeah, I use Photomatix 4. I had to use the anti-ghosting (semi-manual) for the flag, but I wasn’t sure I could do the entire sky… I should have tried that, but truth be told, I was in a hurry to get this image out 😛 I’ll go back and try it again. I really need to invest in a Promote Control. If I could fire my brackets off faster, the ghosting of the clouds would be less of a problem. I actually did mask some of the original clouds in with this, I was just wondering if others ran into problems and what they did to solve them. Thanks again for the help, Chris! Oh, and I need to get a Wacom tablet too!

January 10, 2011 - 6:19 pm

Chris DeAngelis Yeah, it would be interesting if you selected the whole top half of the scene above the machinery (including the flag) and tried the semi-manual ghosting. Sometimes they are just moving too fast or the exposure is too dark to freeze it I guess… Second you on the Promote, just can’t afford it at this time :(

January 10, 2011 - 7:02 pm

Chris @Chris DeAngelis – I’ll see what that looks like. I’m not totally sure what the semi-manual ghosting does. Does it bring in the selected area from an exposure with similar lighting? If so, I’d almost rather handle it in PS because then I can keep the depth that the HDR brings in.

January 12, 2011 - 10:31 am

Scott Frederick very cool find and nice work here!

January 12, 2011 - 5:56 pm

Chris @Scott Frederick – Thanks man. It’s def. not my favorite, but it will do!

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