I’ve been a bit absent – sorry about that.
I decided I needed to have more flexibility than I could get from wordpress.com. So I upgraded my current hosting plan, setup a couple of WordPress blogs there, one a replica of this site and played. I bought a WordPress book, found a bunch of custom templates to work with and discovered Windows Live Writer. I set up another blog from scratch on the new host server and have been spending most of my blog time there. Now I need to move this one over.
I’ve also been messing around with CS5. I’ve been watching Kelby training vids and just messing with it – finding things and pushing buttons. I played around with the Content Aware fill and the Puppet Wrap – the cool new sexy things that at some point I may find a use for. I think the Content Aware fill will be nice, I just need to find where it works. I need to play with Puppet Wrap more.
So far I’m liking the CS5 HDR. I’m a little irritated that I bought Photomatrix and haven’t hardly used it since – now I have this. Oh well – it’s just money, right?
I’ve only run a couple of things through and haven’t done anything hard yet, but I like it.
Here are the originals. 3 shots at .7 stop increments (not on purpose – I was going for full stop increments but I’m an idiot and I didn’t check it). All pictures were shot hand held so they needed to be aligned (click to enlarge):
Here’s the original base exposure shot – standard Lightroom adjustments to Exposure and Blacks:
This is the base HDR image before any PS adjustments. All adjustments were made in the HDR panel:
The shadows opened up very nicely. Detail depth is much better.
And this is the final, adjusted HDR:
I like the result. It aligned nicely, which was a problem I had with Photomatrix – not a big problem, but enough that I noticed it. The panel is simpler than Photomatrix which for the moment is nice, but usually that indicates less possibilities. Need to dig deeper to flush that out.
More to come on CS5 HDR.
One more thing to add – I need to move this to the new site. Editing this in the base maint tool basically stinks. Windows Live Writer is a joy compared to this. I’m motivated now.