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photoblog image Bridgewater canal, Barton Bridge.

Bridgewater canal, Barton Bridge.

Oh er matron, this is another of my first goes at tonemapping. I have no idea whats going on and am at the stage where I move sliders around until something pops out of the fug! On a more technical note this is 5 seperate files created from a single RAW using ACR then generated in Photomatix and a wee tickle in Pshop. This was shot in the pouring rain with flat as pancake lighting by the way so tonemapping may have some 'legs' as far as I'm concerned. This is 'work' by the way. Toddling along footpaths, recording, annotating and using a wheezy old Nikon jpegmeister point and cringe camera. Its work Jim...but not as we know it! See , have my fair share of inclement weather and fields of shin deep cow plop to traverse....back Monday from poorly relative sitting where I will have been reaquainting myself with the tractor mower........

Bridgewater canal, Barton Bridge.

Oh er matron, this is another of my first goes at tonemapping. I have no idea whats going on and am at the stage where I move sliders around until something pops out of the fug! On a more technical note this is 5 seperate files created from a single RAW using ACR then generated in Photomatix and a wee tickle in Pshop. This was shot in the pouring rain with flat as pancake lighting by the way so tonemapping may have some 'legs' as far as I'm concerned. This is 'work' by the way. Toddling along footpaths, recording, annotating and using a wheezy old Nikon jpegmeister point and cringe camera. Its work Jim...but not as we know it! See , have my fair share of inclement weather and fields of shin deep cow plop to traverse....back Monday from poorly relative sitting where I will have been reaquainting myself with the tractor mower........

comments (9)

  • mick
  • ENGLAND
  • 18 Nov 2007, 00:38
max what is acr is it in photomatix.
David Johnson: When you open a RAW file in bridge the Raw dialogue opens and you have the menu system on the right. To save time I have saved different settings in the fly out menu so I just click and I get images at different EV settings that can be shunted off to a Photomatix folder with the minimum of effort, bit like recording an action in Pshop , each fly out is labelled as +3 to -3 depending on the EV I want, so its the Adobe Camera Raw dialogue menu!That any use????
I have no idea what tonemapping is. (I just use a little kodak camera and twiddle in photoshop) but I like the results you are getting David.
David Johnson: Tonemapping is as easy to understand as Quantum Physics Bill!
I dont show the stuff that goes in the bin....
That`s right, Max - blind me with science now, to go with your lessons in brilliant photographic techniques! lol! I am only joking. (;o) Love the shot - even if I don`t understand the jargon. (:o)
David Johnson: And you think I do!!! Time for a run around with my old Leica i think, might put all this digital stuff in to some kind of ( can't think of the word) ah perspective(!)
The sheer folly - not quite Blackpool tower (see Les today) but interesting nonetheless. Why 5 files and how do you decide what twiddle to do in ACR? Then why go to photomatrix and not use the assembler with CS3? Had a little play with these goodies myself - but so far the results have been worse than the original shot. Must be missing a trick!
David Johnson: 5 files, 3 files, different Evs, Im still crawling out of the primordial soup on this one, ha CS3, still have self winding CS2 and as the puter has died, er, nothing at the moment!!When you have generated do you go back to the menu and click tonemap??? The composite always looks crap! CS2 would just spit back the stuff Photomatix handles, was going to try some old Jpegs but as I can't access things it'll have to wait!
  • Richard Trim
  • Leicester-UK
  • 18 Nov 2007, 18:13
Irrespective of the button clicking,sliding, layering channelling, leveling etc etc in PS it is quite clear that your work buddy writes the notes for your posting whilst you muck about adjusting your shooting position before pressing the button. All is now revealed ;-)richard.
David Johnson: I have a team of script writers working on this garbage!!! If you are referring to 'Mr Pastry' propping up the gazebo, he only deals in some carefully chosen expletives, but with varying degrees of vitriol! 'F*cking, tw*tting dog', being one of his finer creations, If you want you can forward some witty ripostes and sly digs to me and I will run them before my producer before transmission...or not.....
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 18 Nov 2007, 19:08
If the weather where you are has been anything like it's been here, you won't have been using the tractor mower for anything other than water gardening!

Don't understand what you did, envy you your work, and think the picture's excellent.
David Johnson: Lincolnshire seemed to have got away with it and I whizzed around until I was giddy...then I got the big blower out, anyway I dont really understand tonemapping other than it drags out stuff that dosnt show up in the original file, this was flat grey and useless as a file, until new miracle tonemapping was added
The ability to find detail with HDR processing is one of the things that attracts me to it. This looks good with plenty of detail.
David Johnson: Yep Les I love the detail this thing can pull out but not too overkeen on the saturation issue! Easily sorted in Pshop though.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 20 Nov 2007, 17:31
This is a very interesting and appealing experiment. I was reading about this photomatrix thing yesterday because I thought there should be something useful to do with all those extra bits in the RAW files.

I can tell this is work because of the reflecting raincoat. It looks too official for a casual outing and the weather doesn't seem to be very conducive to an aimless stroll along the river either.
David Johnson: They do a downloadable trial version which is worth a play with. I do 3 or 5 files from one raw and have the EVs spread by 1 or 2 I just click generate and then go back click tonemapping and play with the sliders......it really is quite a simple operation and you can then shunt things of to Pshop for any fixes....yes this is work.
I've got to confess that I find this too much. Too much detail isn't always a good thing and this makes me feel a bit giddy. Sorry.
David Johnson: Hey no problem! I only ever post stuff that I like and if other people don't lik it there's no big deal.This was a first go at tonemapping, mainly because this was shot in flat grey light in the lashing rain....conventional Pshopping didn't do it any good. Its not a technique I will use for everything but it certainly has its merits!

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