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Sunrise HDR

The weather has been so hot that I’ve been spending less time outside and more time playing with post-processing. I’ve rediscovered HDR recently when I began experimenting with Photomatix Pro instead of Photoshop for HDR. I’d always read that Photoshop wasn’t quite as good, and now I’m starting to see why.

Here’s my HDR image of a sunrise at Circle B from this past weekend.

Circle B Sunrise (HDR)

Circle B Sunrise (HDR)

And here are the three images that went into making that HDR. They were taken with +/-2 stop bracketing enabled (I programmed a custom function to automatically configure bracketing, a low ISO, and a high f-number for quick HDR landscape photography.) Note that the animation has some pixelation artifacts that a result of saving it as a GIF…

HDR input images

HDR input images