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Monterey Wharf 2 - HDR

Posted by
Monterey John (Hollister, CA, United States) on 10 June 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This one took some work.

I've noticed that the HDR process seems to generate noise-like anomolies. (Perhaps I would not have noticed it had I not blown the image up to the 1-10 pixel level :) Anyway, I went after the little boogers with dFine noise reduction plug-in to Photoshop. It gave the sky a radiant look and took the fuzziness out of the details like the boat masts.

I love the richness and exposure balance that HDR brings.

Canon EOS 40D 1/500 second F/10.0 ISO 400 55 mm

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john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Nice. Photomatix is known for noise. One of the plusses of the new HDR in CS5 is no noise. My understanding is that the Photomatix 4 which is not yet available, but is being tested by some, has resolved the noise problem.

10 Jun 2010 5:38am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I have encountered the same problem with Photomatix. It gives a lot of noise to "clean" pictures, that's the reason why I decided to keep the trial version for now, I'll buy the next release. Good news as I read John's comment here above... let's hope the commercial version will soon come out ! Have a nice day :)

10 Jun 2010 8:47am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Very nice work again, John. You may be becoming new king of HDR on Am3.

10 Jun 2010 12:03pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

I have no time to play with such details, but you're having fun and it shows! :D

10 Jun 2010 7:28pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Nice work John......photomatix does indeed cause the noise.....i use imagenomics noiseware professional, and it does the trick every time......and trey ratcliff has been trying out the as yet unreleased new version of photomatix....and his one review so far says "It's Great" !!!!

10 Jun 2010 10:57pm

Canon EOS 40D
1/500 second
ISO 400
55 mm