December 2011 Submissions: HDR

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December 2011 Submissions: HDR

Postby Bjorn van Sinttruije » Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:04 am

Jan 22nd - Poll is closed. A well-deserved win by Bob! Congratulations!

NB Please note the deadline for these assignments is midnight GMT. Though the last two entries have been included this time around, the GMT deadline will be applied in the future as it has been.

Hi everyone! Welcome to December's Assignment!

The theme for this month is "HDR", as suggested by darthkindy who won the October 2011 competition. Be sure to read the whole post for the rules.

In darthkindy's own words:

"for my choise of assiments i choose HDR every one has tryed it and everyone is afraid to post there tries ( people, lanscapes, whatever) as long as it is HDR even one shot HDR is aloud have fun and enjoy"

The rules!

1: You can only submit one image and it MUST be taken during December 2011. Photos taken earlier will be disqualified!

2: All images submitted must be no more than 1024 pixels on their longest side, although you can include a link to a full resolution version if you like. Flickr users must link back to the original version to comply with its latest rules.

As always, please exercise good judgement on what is suitable for the forum. Keep it clean and family-friendly or it'll be removed. See the Forum Rules for guides.

Please include a sentence or two with your photo describing what you were trying to achieve and if there were any particular challenges in doing so like, for example, any special exposure or lighting setup.

We're all enthusiasts here, so it's also great to see what equipment you used and the settings too. So please also include the following:

Camera Model:
Lens and focal length:
Shutter Speed:
Post processing:

Submissions will close at midnight GMT on 31st December 2011. The final poll will follow.

Please remember this thread is for submissions only. If you'd like to comment on any of the submissions or ask any questions, please do so in the December 2011 Comments and Questions thread!

Thanks and good luck!

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Postby popo » Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:15 pm

Park Sunset by Crestie Crazy, on Flickr

Camera Model: Canon 600D
Lens and focal length: EF-S 15-85 at 24mm
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/4000s
Sensitivity: ISO400
Post processing: How long do you have? :D
Single raw, process in DxO 7 at 0, +2 and +4 EV. Three jpeg output fed into Dynamic Photo HDR 4.8. Final tweaking in Photoshop Elements 9 - noise reduction, contrast, slight crop, sharpening.

The shutter and ISO choice might seem odd, but this was part of a 3 shot bracket. I couldn't use the multi-shots in processing as it was a bit windy and there's far too much variation between each shot.
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Postby gregv » Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:58 am


D7000 with 18-200mm Nikon at 22mm, F20, 1/30 sec, ISO 200, RAW

No post op processing, uploaded straight into photomatix trial version and processed in there. Three shots taken at -1, 0, +1

Sorry guys I am new to photography so just started with Photomatix and HDR today as I wanted to make a submission for the month. I am not sure if I will like HDR so I just used the trial version before purchasing so it has the watermark on it.
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Postby TravisD » Sun Dec 11, 2011 7:10 pm

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D90 18-105 kit,...photomatix tone compression side..
One shot raw conversion.

Was just that beautiful.... 8)

Postby ianganderton » Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:25 am


Going to get in early with mine for a change this month. This is my first HDR Sunrise


Model: Canon EOS 550D
ISO: 100
Exposure: 1/160 sec
Aperture: 8.0
Focal Length: 30mm

Taken using the HDR function within the brilliant Magic Lantern add on firmware. 5 bracketed images

PP - Dragged n dropped into Photomatrix Essentials and then selected the Exposure Fusion (Adjusted) preset. I didnt mess with the sliders

The view this morning from the roof of my building across Al Hamra Village towards the Hajar Mountains.

Postby darthkindy » Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:46 am

Hi eveyone i am thowing my hat into the ring eary this month there is already some great pics I call this one pickle tongue i hope you enjoy it.
It is a one shot hdr shot in raw
iso 100
f 5.3
I ran it through photomtics
a litte dodge and burn
and some sharping
one jar of sliced bicks pickles and one hungry 14 year old
ps it looks a little dark on the screen but looks great in print oh well you cant have everything

DSC_0450 by darthkindy, on Flickr[/url]
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Postby PhD » Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:51 pm


Canon Rebel XTi
18-55mm Lens
6" long exposure
ISO 800
No Flash or Light source

Shot last night, Dec 17th, at 10pm EST

Postby Trevor Harris » Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:10 pm


This photo was taken very close to where I grew up - the cut in the rock is a natural tunnel referred to as "mousehole".
HDR Panoramic - 3 photos wide, 5 exposures per set.

Burnt Point, Newfoundland, Canada
47°57'32.66"N 53°01'57.49"W

Nikon D200
Tamron f/2.8 17-50mm
ND-16 filter
Alta Pro 263AB
SBH 100

Photo Specs:
5 Exposure HDR
Aperture at f/4
Shutter Speeds: 0.7s to 10.0s
Gain at 100

HDR Processing in Photomatix
Selective saturation in sky
Selective Blending in layer masks
Minor exposure adjustments
Final processing with Noise Ninja
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Postby sbl03 » Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:51 pm


Baltimore Inner Harbor

Sony a580 built-in HDR
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.0

ISO 100
1/3200 sec

Post-processing: Adobe Lightroom 3.5 (brightness, contrast, vibrance, saturation, split toning, sharpening, noise reduction)

Postby HikingMike » Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:55 am

Well I love HDR and really wanted to get a picture to submit. I've been tied up with my move so it was a rushed shot over a parking lot so the bottom cropping sucks. This was at 7am with the sunrise to my back lighting the mountains

Franklin Moutains by sherpa1d, on Flickr

9 Shot HDR, 25mm, iso100, f/11
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Postby audioman » Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:21 am

Hi, first time I have entered, here's my contribution for this month.
This is the slip that the Earnslaw, the famous steamer in Queenstown, NZ, is hauled up onto for it's inspections. You can see the Remarkables mountain range in the background. I was down at the sailing club which is right next door, waiting for the skipper to arrive. With a few minutes up my sleeve, I went for a wander along the foreshore, took one look and raced back to get my camera and tripod.
The D40 is a bit of a pain for HDR as there's no bracketing, therefore it's all done manually. In between shots 2 and 3 the Kawarau Jet Boat decided to hoon up in my field of view!

Nikon D40/18-200/PhotomatixPro/a bit of a tidy up in Aperture
ISO 200-3 shots-18mm-f18-base shot 1/80sec

slip 1_2_3_tonemapped by durakore, on Flickr[/img]
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HDR image

Postby sunil pandey » Sun Dec 25, 2011 5:48 pm

my first HDR image..
Cano 50D,Lens -50mmf/1.8mm,Av -f/5.6,Tv-1/200,ISO -100,
photomatix trail version.
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Postby SUNR15E » Mon Dec 26, 2011 4:55 pm

Well I went to the park the other day to take a few shots for entering this...nothing was worth using...
so I have had to fall back on NIGHTLIFE taken on the 23rd at 1:14am.

The slow shutter speed was used to try to capture some motion on the dancefloor.
The shots are totally handheld, due to the nature of the location, as you can see from the smaller lights some motion let me down. :(



Camera Model:NIKON D300S
F-stop: f/5
Exposure time: 1/8sec
ISO: 200
Exposure bias: 0step
Focal length: 26mm
Aperture: 3.9
Metering mode: Spot
Mounting: Handheld
Post processing: None

Nightlife by SUNR15E, on Flickr.

Or find me on facebook SUNR15E PHOTOGRAPHIC
D300s - MB-D10 - 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 - 50 mm f1.8 - 360AFD - bottle of water - and a kebab... ;)

Find me SUNR15E, on Flickr.

Or find me on facebook SUNR15E PHOTOGRAPHIC

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Postby Dutt561 » Mon Dec 26, 2011 6:21 pm

Great Submissions this month!!!
Here is one of my favorite photos from my trip into NYC last week ... tis the season!!


D90 with Nikon 18-200mm at 18mm, F3.5, 1/25 sec, ISO 500

HDR processing in Photomatix; 3 bracketed images at -2, 0, and +2 EV

I also posted a few other HDR photos on my Flickr page in case anyone was interested in seeing some other HDR images

Water Drill

Postby dalem » Mon Dec 26, 2011 10:45 pm

Found this Water Drill whilst passing through Pafos, Cyprus December 06 2011 and thought it would make an interesting HDR.
It's my first attempt so go easy on me.

I went for the grungey illustration look rather than a photo look as it is the type of material I think looks better grunged up.

Taken on my 550D in manual mode.
+ and - 2EV
Lens: 55-255mm f/4-5.6 IS II @ 75mm, f/8.
Shutter: 1/125, 1/30, 1/8 sec.
ISO: 100.
Spot Metering.

Post Processing was fairly easy for my first attempt. Merged in PS5 HDR Pro. Tonemapped in Photomatix 4.1.2 saved as 16bit TIFF then back into PS5 for some final touching to Levels, Hue and Saturation and contrast.

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