Another wonderful dark image. Please tell me, how did you achieve such nice dark appearance? Did you use just curves for darkening or some better method? I am very facinated by this image because I think the place you shot was not so wonderful, but now it looks very wonderful. And what about the orange tone of the grass? Didi you use a filter in PS? Please tell me more about this image.
Thank you. Yeah, fusion - one of the three different method which use Photomatix. Enhancer do quite unreal, too saturated and textured photos (for example this one [link] ), fusion do nice, real photos with great sharpness (for example this [link] ) and compresor is something like the fusion but produce more intensive colors.
I used before just the enhancer, but many people told me the pictures are not too good. Now I use the fusion method and I think it is much better, because the images look still real and there is much better contrast and sharpness then without this method.
But of course when you use just the enhancer and don't add any saturation and don't set it to much strength, it can be good too.
I always use details enhancer. You can make the settings so that the final image is not too 'unrealistic'. AND ANOTHER THING I OFTEN DO: You blend one of the 'non-HDR images' with your tonemapped detail enhanced images in PS. Basically I just make a tonemapped HDR from 5 exposures and get a HDR image, let's call it image1. Then I select one exposure from those 5, typically the -1 EV or 0 version and open that in PS too. Let's call it image2. Then in PS I use layer masks to combine the image1 and image2 to create a realistic looking HDR image. One good tutorial for you is here, please read it if you haven't already: [link]
Thank you, I will read the article. I use the blending like you too. For example, yesterday I took a dark image you could like it when you like dark images, look: [link] I used one -2EV image and I one tonemapped HDR. Only the three shining graves are from the HDR image. It look much better than just the -2EV image with dull gravestones.
But I forgot to tell the most important difference between the methods. It is not so important for you because you have a DLSR which produce much less noise. But the fusion and compress methods also denoise images. So for me is much convenient to take for example 5 photos with +/- 1EV than just 3 photos +/- 2EV. I use also a great denoiser, but this metod is much easier and better for denoising. I also sometimes do hdr from, for example, 5 pictures with 0EV, 5 pictures with +2EV and another 5 pictures with -2EV. Denoising from 5 images with the same exposition is really great. But as I said I have to do things like that because of my poor camera. For you it would be unnecessarily complicated.
No matter what the equipment, it's always good to know the principles of reducing noise. I also sometimes like to take many shots with same EV and then put them in layers in PS and use median filter blending to get rid of the noise. It is a very good method.
It's not about having good equipment. It's about knowing what to do. In that sense you have the RIGHT approach to photography my friend!
Stunning! I personally love how the house blends into the overall tones of the image. It gives it a very smooth feeling, and I feel that if it stood out too much it might diminish the moody effect. The house looks like it's lurking, as if it has a personality.
PhoenixHawkeFeatured By OwnerNov 15, 2010Hobbyist Photographer
This is a great shot... the only thing I personally would do to tweak it would be to step up the contrast a little bit. At least on my monitor the house in the background fades into the trees around the meadow, which makes it a little hard to see. But that said - love it