HDR best for rocks?
Since getting Photomatix I have been playing around quite a bit with new images and old images and everything I can get my hands on that I have bracketed in the last half decade. I am coming to one realization; the reason that most HDR tone mapped images are of churches, building, and rocks is because they tend not to be effected by wind.
Even on the calmest day, trees, leaves, grasses, etc, will shift ever so slightly in the unseen wind. Though your bracketed images may look identical, mashing them together in an HDR composite will reveal otherwise. It may not even be noticeable at normal viewing sizes but zoom in to 100 percent and you will notice your once crystal clear work will have the sharpness and resolution of a oil painting.
I hadn’t ever expected more but in all honestly I could probably accomplish the range I actually want in an image by underexposing one image and bringing up the shadows in post. Sure the shadows may suffer from excessive noise but I can deal better with noise then I can a lack of sharpness.
Well any way, it’s an art that I am still learning. I haven’t given up yet.
Shot with a Sony DSLR-A100 with a Minolta 28mm f2.8 with an effective focal length of 48mm. Photographed at the Huron Natural Area in Kitchener, Ontario.