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Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 16 July 2012 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

My experience with HDR Efex 2 - overall, excellent. However, I have gotten terrible results with skies (very uneven tones). As the result of playing around looking for a solution, I found that if I turn off the anti-ghosting feature, it looks fine. For what it is worth, I have never had trouble with skies using the first version. My solution for doing HDR that includes skies -I begin by bringing the bracketed shots into Photoshop's HDR processor. There I eliminate ghosting using Photoshop's anti-ghosting feature. I end up with a 32 bit Radiance file. Then I use HDR Efex 2 to tone map that 32 bit file. It works great. (Note: if you save the Radiance file, you can use it over and over to try out different tone mapping with any HDR software.) (Also note: today's post did not use HDR.)

NIKON D700 1/125 second F/11.0 ISO 400 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique captage de ce traceutre sur le bosse en déclinaison en train de sulfater.

16 Jul 2012 5:45am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


16 Jul 2012 6:06am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Extraordinary cliché! As a light mist on the surface of the earth! Haughtiness...

16 Jul 2012 6:08am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

wow . . what a vast machine . . makes an amazing image !

16 Jul 2012 7:37am

PATRICK from miramas, France


16 Jul 2012 7:59am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Beautiful !!! I really like the curve ! Have a lovely day :)

16 Jul 2012 8:03am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Superbe cadrage de cet oiseau géant et pollueur :) Bonne journée.

16 Jul 2012 8:15am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I love this beautiful green curve on which the machine evolves watering. Very harmonious compo

16 Jul 2012 8:50am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fantastic harmony between land and sky!

16 Jul 2012 9:38am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Beautiful composition, like the machine in parallel with the line of the hill.

16 Jul 2012 9:40am

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

I like the simplicity of the lines and photo.

16 Jul 2012 10:01am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & so beautiful!

16 Jul 2012 10:29am

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

Beautiful framing! A new wallpaper Windows? ;)

16 Jul 2012 10:34am

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Beautiful and fascinating shot... the long-winged tractor almost looks like an "airplane flying" on the field.

16 Jul 2012 10:42am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

It is enjoyable to play with software. You've god amazing result finally.

16 Jul 2012 11:12am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

That's a great subject and composition, Jack.

16 Jul 2012 11:12am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Sounds like a great tip, I'll have to give that a try jack, it may help me to like HDR Efex a bit more. The skies are usually the areas that I've moaned to myself about too.
Great shot today mate.

16 Jul 2012 11:14am

@Curly: Thanks, Curly. The radiance file works equally for being tone mapped in Photomatix.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautifully framed against the clear blue sky Jack! ;-)

16 Jul 2012 11:27am

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

wonderful image . super capture and frame

16 Jul 2012 12:11pm

Anna de Vries from somewhere on Mother Earth, Netherlands

This is awesome, Jack!
Great capture...

16 Jul 2012 12:16pm

Arash from Brisbane, Australia

Nice framing. :-)

16 Jul 2012 12:20pm

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Superbe ta photo!!!!! mais sauve qui peut!!! horreur ces produits pour la santé!!!

16 Jul 2012 1:09pm

Universe from Tehran, Iran

A beautifully framed shot. Well done. Have a lovely day !!!

16 Jul 2012 1:22pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

The sky looks pretty natural here, beautiful photo !~

16 Jul 2012 2:27pm

@Phil Morris: This is not an HDR photograph.

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Das ist Hervorragend gemacht.
John, das Gestern mit dem Stativ galt auch für mich. Keine gescheite Makroaufnahme mehr ohne Stativ.
Liebe Grüße Heinz.

16 Jul 2012 2:34pm

@Heinz: Heinz - I was joking with you yesterday. All of us, no matter what our ages, would do better always using a tripod:))

Probably the problem that I have with skies doing HDR composites would be resolved by always using a tripod; then the anti-ghosting features would not be necessary.

Rick from Toronto, Canada

What a rig to drive! An excellent clear shot, and I enjoyed reading about your experimentation with the software for other sky frames that you do process.

16 Jul 2012 3:00pm

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

It's hard to feature the width of that sprayer. Excellent shot of the terrain. Thanks for the explanation about HDR.

16 Jul 2012 3:06pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Great way to spray these fields ... Beautiful shot of this wonderful field !!!

16 Jul 2012 5:04pm

l'Angevine from France

j'apprécie cet effet qu'on soit penché avec cette arrosage

16 Jul 2012 5:17pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a gorgeous shot ,jack !
friendships !

16 Jul 2012 6:48pm

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

La photo est fantastique... Mais qu'est-ce qu'il épand comme ça?

16 Jul 2012 7:50pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

gorgeous, very strong pic

16 Jul 2012 8:10pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

An interesting composition that gives the equipment a miniature look to it. I love that cloudless blue sky!

16 Jul 2012 8:15pm

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Excellent shot!

16 Jul 2012 9:33pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Simplicity and beauty.

16 Jul 2012 10:28pm

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

belle inclinaison, une scène de vie de gens qui travaillent fort...

17 Jul 2012 3:08am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Nice shot Jack, and great frame!
I took a mini HDR "course" with a group of people (basically shooting at a specific location) a couple of weeks ago. I have been less than impressed with the results I have gotten. Having only to use with Photoshop CS5 has to offer, I just haven't been happy with the results.

17 Jul 2012 4:31am

@bluechameleon: I was never happy doing HDR processing with CS5.