i'm using the photomatix program but like i said it's the first try at it. The shots were just quick, run and snag a few before I lost all my light. I used 3 bracketed shots (but my equipment isn't very good, hope to ditch it and get a nice DSLR, maybe a Canon Xsi)Ahh, all the EXIF information is stripped so I can't remark about any of the settings/changes. Did you use Photomatix or Photoshop to merge the shots? How many bracketed shots did you take?
If you can do the shots off a tripod, you can use the lowest ISO and retain the most detail and minimize noise. If you're handholding, it is definitely more challenging and the merges won't be as clean.
Also, blue car & blue sky- either a challenge to shoot or very easy to do some interesting things in post processing.
Nonetheless, the pics look good. I like composition of the 2nd shot with the car orientation of the first.
Looks good!I like composition of the 2nd shot with the car orientation of the first.
Canon IS20sx, wife talked me into it bc of the HD video for our Vegas trip. I was really wanting a Canon T1i :crybaby 1: now it's out of my price range.Looks good!
agreed, the background is more balanced in the second shot, and has some good lines. I think it would help if the clouds popped a little more.
I haven't dabbled too heavily into HDR, you have inspired me.
What kind of camera are you shooting with??
I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to do as far as the new camera goes; I’ve got to ditch the SX20IS first. As for the bracketing it was -2, 0, +2, as for your cousins set up all I can say really is… DROOL!!!!!!!! We had a guy come into the print shop with a $9k rig and it was really nice, not sure anymore what it was.If you're starting out in DSLR territory- depending on your skills and experience as a photographer, I'd suggest cheap body + awesome (used) lenses, rather than the other way around. Bodies come and go (and lose value) but lenses are here to stay.
Most, if not all, of my lenses have appreciated in value actually with the recent devaluing of the USD- which, unfortunately, also makes now a pretty terrible time to be buying lenses (all the good ones are very expensive, new or used).
Anyway, back to the topic. I forgot to ask if you recall what stop differences you set for your bracketed pictures. +- 1, 2. I suppose if the camera doesn't come with a bracketing option, you could just shoot three pictures with EV -1, 0 and +1, or -2, 0, +2.
Heh, yeah my cousin somehow picked up a Canon 5D Mark2, 24-105 F/4, 70-200 F/2.8 IS and 85 F/1.2 (I love this lens on so many levels) a few years after he had kids... That getup right there is easily in the $8k+ territory. But it's totally unnecessary and a pain in the ass to lug around unless you have the skills and experience to make do with the abilities it has. I should also mention he's had cameras since his younger days and still has an old Nikon F2 and F100.
The SX20IS is a pretty gnarly camera in its own right. 20x optical, IS and articulating LCD. One of my old cameras was a Canon S2 IS (similar but older model, 12x zoom). Shot some pretty awesome pictures with it!
Your backdrops are really well done.....it looks JUST LIKE rural Oklahoma !
j/k nice job .....maybe you can get some lightning/thunderstorm cloud pics today and tomorrow ! LOL