08-April-2011

Lower Antelope Canyon. Comparison of HDR Express Default Processing Modes.

I recently obtained HDR Express (from United Color) as a new HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing program. The following are examples of the default processing modes provided in HDR Express. The images were taken on this day in 2008 while on a Nikonians Academy Photography Workshop in Page Arizona with Winston Hall. Additional images from this day are in the 08-April-2008 Blog and in our ShepartPhotography site.

The first two images are the initial single image processed with Capture One Pro. The first “as is” — note the amount of the image over exposed (clipped) near the top and second “optimized” using the Capture One Pro tools to better balance the exposure. The following 13 images are composites of 5 over and under exposed images processed with HDR Express using the default processing modes: Optimum, Linear, Natural, Vivid, B&W, B&W Grunge, Dreamy, Vintage Color, Soft & Cold, Artistic, Blogger’s Delight, Artistic, Grunge, Retina Burn.

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/4 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/4 sec).

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/4 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/4 sec).

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Vivid Profile). (David J Mathre)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Vivid Profile).

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Vintage Color profile). (David J Mathre)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Vintage Color profile).

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Soft & Cold profile). (David J Mathre)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Soft & Cold profile).

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Retina Burn profile) (David J Mathre)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Retina Burn profile)

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Optimal Profile). (David J Mathre)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Optimal Profile).

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Natural Profile). (David J Mathre)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Natural Profile).

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Linear Profile). (David J Mathre)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Linear Profile).

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Grunge Profile) (David J Mathre)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Grunge Profile)

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Dreamy Profile). (David J Mathre)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Dreamy Profile).

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Blogger's Delight profile). (David J Mathre)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Blogger

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (B&W profile). (David J Mathre)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (B&W profile).

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (B&W Grunge profile). (David J Mathre)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (B&W Grunge profile).

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Artistic profile). (David J Mathre)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.1-0.6 sec). HDR composite processed from 5 images using United Color HDR Express (Artistic profile).

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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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