CBD Skyline in HDR


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Hi, just to share my very first HDR image. Really looking for comments and feedback to help me improve. Would appreciate suggestions and critique from HDR shooters/experts. Feel free to point me to URLs that will illustrate your point and help me to learn better and faster.


CBD skyline, 22nd April

Background info:
  • 4 images HDR merged (used jpegs)
  • tonemapping done in Photomatix
  • Shadow & Highlights in PS

Questions:
  • Will the colour banding in the clouds be resolved if RAW files were used (due to higher bit-depth)?
  • Any suggestions to help improve my workflow?

TIA
 

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i think you can dump the top jpg (the most overexposed one)

your highlights are too high, try it and see how it does :)

there is no color banding issue, it looks like noise problems, probably due to long exposure.. this is one reason why i rarely do night hdr unless the exposure isn't too long. did you turn your noise reduction on when shooting jpg?

otherwise, i like this picture, the main problem here is the highlights being still blown, and the noise in the clouds :(
 

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Hi Night86mare,

Thanks for your feedback. Couldn't do without the overexposed one, but I added a fifth frame which was way underexposed to compensate for the highlights. As for the colours, decided to go for a more natural look in the updated image, as shown here:



This time, RAW files were used.

Questions:
  • Should I increase the exposure for this image?
  • What else could be improved in terms of HDR processing and tonemapping?
 

night86mare

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nope, this one looks pretty good to me in terms of exposure

you can probably still tweak the wb and saturate the colours a little:



cheers
 

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