06-March-2011

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Image Processing. 

I continue to evaluate and compare several HDR processing programs. The images were taken on a hike from El Chalten in to Laguna Torre in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares while on a Photography Workshop in Patagonia with Thom Hogan on 01-January-2011. The first three images are composites of 5 images processed with Photoshop CS5 HDR Pro, Photomatix, and NIK HDR Efex Pro. The last two images are single image HDR processed with Capture One Pro and DxO. Of these I like the image from NIK HDR Efex Pro best.

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Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm,  f/11, 1/200 sec). Five image HDR with Photoshop CS5. (David J. Mathre)
Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). Five image HDR with Photoshop CS5.

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Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm,  f/11, 1/200 sec). Five image HDR with Photomatix. (David J. Mathre)
Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). Five image HDR with Photomatix.

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Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm,  f/11, 1/200 sec). Five image HDR with Nik HDR Pro. (David J. Mathre)
Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). Five image HDR with Nik HDR Pro.

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Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm,  f/11, 1/200 sec). Single image HDR with DxO Pro. (David J. Mathre)
Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). Single image HDR with DxO Pro.

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Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm,  f/11, 1/200 sec). Single image HDR with Capture One 6 Pro. (David J. Mathre)
Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). Single image HDR with Capture One 6 Pro.

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New images have been added to the 01-January-2011 Patagonia posting.

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Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

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