Playing with HDR

I’m new to HDR photography, having only seen some fantastic examples of what is possible from sites such as http://www.stuckincustoms.com/. Of course, none of these examples get anywhere close to the brilliance and professional look of really good HDR photography.

All pictures shot with a Nikon D7000 auto-bracketed 3 exposures -1, 0, +1 and then processed together in HDRefex Pro. Minor adjustments to exposure and grain with the help of a few existing presets in the software. The original middle exposure is below the HDR version for each photograph.

 

A tree in all its magnificence
A tree in all its magnificence
Original middle exposure
Original middle exposure

 

An icy bush
An icy bush
Original middle exposure
Original middle exposure
A frosted tree.
A frosted tree.
Original middle exposure
Original middle exposure
Cherry tree blooming ice
Cherry tree blooming ice
Original middle exposure
Original middle exposure

 

Would love to hear what you think.. Please click on each picture for a full size version.

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Colour or B&W

The eternal question, does a picture look better in colour or black-and-white. The following two pictures highlight the dilemma. The colour picture I like for the character of the boat and the fading colours. On the other hand, the black-and-white looks atmospheric and interesting. What’s your preference? Pictures taken with a Panasonic Lumix TZ30 and processed with Lightroom 4.

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