Jan 312010

OK, here’s the second post of today’s series. After the plain modesty of the last post, here’s some pompous HDR for a change.

In fact, this image is not without some serious imperfections. I had made the seven bracketed images in high-speed continuous mode, meaning in only a fraction more than a second, but if you look at 100% (which I won’t let you), you see that Photomatix Pro can’t eliminate the subtle displacements of the twigs’ reflections in the water. The program has a box that you can check, and it’s supposed to be able to cope with water, but in fact it can’t. It’s easy to understand why, because the problem is insolvable in general. There may be cases where it works, but in general it does not.

Anyway, I’d say for web presentation it’s good enough, in fact it is good enough when viewed on screen at 50%, so I prefer to ignore the fact. Still, it’s important to know that you still can’t really depend on such algorithms. They invariably let you down at times.

The Song of the Day is “River” from Natalie Merchant’s 1995 album “Tigerlily”. Funny, I always thought that gal sounded like the singer of the 10000 Maniacs 😀

Hear the song on YouTube.

  5 Responses to “1206 – River”

  1. If you say so, but at this size/resolution it’s a beautiful shot and nicely controlled for HDR. 🙂

  2. This is beautiful, Andreas. Just enough blue in the snow to complement the yellows and oranges. It’s one of those images that looks like you could literally step into it. Also one of the few HDR photographs I’ve seen that doesn’t look like HDR. Like Earl, I wouldn’t worry about the twigs. Maybe in a large print, but certainly not here.

  3. An HDR shouldn’t loolk like an HDR, and you’ve done a good job there. 😉

  4. Beautiful scene and beautifully done bit of HDR work!


  5. Thanks. Well, I was there, so I know it looks a bit more like HDR than I would have wanted, but then: we begin to regard HDR as natural. It’s so ubiquitous, and not only in its naive, garish form, that we don’t any longer think “that can’t be photography” as soon as we see it.

    After all, the aesthetics of well done HDR are not so different from classic landscape painting. You rarely see a painting with clipped dynamic range 😀

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