I'm not sure how many of you on TE have done much in the way of HDR photography (i think its a rather low # as most members don't enjoy the HDR), but for those that have you'll know how difficult it is to capture people in the photo without ghosting them.
For HDR to work properly, you should take a series of 3 photos with an exposure of -1, 0, +1, or a series of 5 photos at -2, -1, 0, +1, +2. And a tripod is almost a given because each photo has to have the precise same composition.
So when people are introduced into the shot, during the sequence of photos they will move, which causes the integration of the 3 or 5 photos major problems. Often the people will look like ghosts and will be transparent.
With this series of 3 photo's i got very lucky. All the people seem to be realistic, no ghosting. I was even surprised to notice the lady photographing something herself, I didn't notice that at the time because I was so focused on the settings and getting my 3 photo's as quickly as possible.
I guess sometimes you get lucky, personally i am pleased how this one came out, but i totally understand if you don't enjoy the HDR effect at times.
Have a great day!
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rigoletto (34279) 2013-02-27 6:28
I am in :)
I love the way a successfull HDR results.
Exactly the contrary i hate screwed up results.
The guy on the left and the photographing lady are almost popping out from the image. No way without an HDR. Well done (though, you must admit, there is nothing else to show here, haha).
bona (13737) 2013-02-27 6:50
nice photo of this street showing the moviment of the poeple. I like the square format and the prerry building in the background. I really like the HDR result, but never perform one. I don't have any idea how do made one . Great work
batalay (39129) 2013-02-27 7:14
I like the photo very much. I have never tried the technique, but would love to try.
JFS (32459) 2013-02-27 10:22
Unusual shot of yours...but it is really good, so many details, so sharp...very interesting...
holmertz (54293) 2013-02-27 10:28
I think I've said it before, that you are among the few here who don't make HDR's look awful. Reading your note I am impressed by this. Everyone is clearly alive and the colors and contasts are very satisfactory. Besides, it's a nice shot in any case with some remarkable architecture and a lot of human action. Can I trust that you didn't shout "Freeze, everyone"?
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-02-27 10:38
I like HDR and you´re right that´s extremly difficult to take such picture like this one without ghost effect-the more I´m impressed by your work here.The end result is really stunning.Maybe it´s easier when you have bracketing function in your camera(my Nikon unfortunately doesn´t have it).
And few words about the scene itself-it goes really well with the tight frame you applied here.It emphasizes also equally the architecture as the people.
Silvio1953 (145605) 2013-02-27 10:41
Ciao Craig, sure, no ghost in your lovely composition with a lot of people, great PP work, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Miguel82 (27646) 2013-02-27 11:11
Good daily life document Craig,
Like your pov, nice colors, light and sharp picture
EstelleJ (921) 2013-02-27 12:19
It doesn't sound very easy the process that you described for a successful HDR photo, but you definitely got it right! The guy in the foreground to the left looks so dimensional like he is about to step off the picture. Otherwise, I would not even know that you used any HDR effect if you didn't explain it in the note.
Very nice natural-looking everyday scene! Interesting architecture in the background with arch-windows and columns. Colors are well saturated, too.
Schnappilic (9692) 2013-02-27 12:38
Nice daily life scene. Good Note about HDR photography. Good luck!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2013-02-27 12:49
I love this beautiful place, nicely populated;) The photo is of excellent quality. Very good technique. Bravo.
Have a nice day
carlo62 (50069) 2013-02-27 14:59
splendida piazza, molto frequentata, anzi direi anche ben frequentata :)
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-02-27 21:50
Nice street shot with perfect sharpness and clarity.The light and details are very good.
Great colors and POV. All the best for a great day.TFS.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-02-27 22:52
Personnellement, quand je pense à faire du HDR, j'utilise la fonction bracketting qui prend 3 ou 5 photos en même temps donc pas de risque de fantômes!je suppose que c'est ce que tu as fait là car on ne voit pas le moindre flou de bouger. En tout cas, le HDR a été très efficace donnant une bonne exposition à l'ensemble de la scène.
jhm (154548) 2013-02-28 4:07
I find your HDR absolutely not bad, all remains with in the limits.
I know your camera not, but I can my camera take in advance with the colors, I must not use HDR.
Excellent perspective and depth image.
Composition and colors make these picture lovely.
Very well captured, nice presentation too. TFS.
Have a nice day,
Noel_Byrne (31666) 2013-02-28 10:54
Before I read your note, I thought of a different type of ghost, and was looking hard at the buildings to figure out which one is most likely to be haunted. He I understand what you mean, and I must admit, I would not have thought of this image as HDR, but reading the other notes, the people are indeed popping out of the shot more than they normally would.
Very beautiful architecture in the background too, and a great selection of colours.
I really must learn more about hdr.
All the best
adramad (46496) 2013-02-28 14:49
Very nice scene of daily life in the city, with the added charm of the people and the photographer that does justice to the office.
A superb lesson on the HDR, which did not know much, but after reading the note does not attract my attention.
In view of what read here, you've managed to capture an image almost impossible, with the movement of people and so sharp. My congratulations on the big win.
Very good management of the brightness and sharpness.
Have a good night.
jcpix (13930) 2013-02-28 19:17
I don't know if it's the HDR effect or simply the strong composition and timing, but this has fantastic dimension. It appears that there is a distinct separation and depth between each person captured in this shot, almost a 3D look and feel. Loving the colorful facades and detail throughout. Another great shot with natural appeal!
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-03-01 16:06
If HDR was always done with the subtle and realistic touch you always give yours, Craig, I'd like it much more. Sadly the vast majority of HDR I see wind up looking cartoonish and overprocessed. This one is really nice, and as others have said, the really impressive part of the effect is in how well defined the people themselves are. Nicely done!
mjw364 (1316) 2013-03-02 5:04
Nice moment captured with that woman taking a shot whislt you were taking a shot. she obviously provides that visual point of interest for the scene as a result. I wonder if she got you in her shot?
I don't buy your I didn't notice her though! Almost all of your European shots have a babe walking by!
Interstingly I was reading somewhere that one way you can overcome ghosting in long exposures (not HDR) is to use a ten stop ND filter - the people simply do not appear at all in the shot apparently. I don't know if this is true - never tried.
claudeD (39623) 2013-03-04 11:56
Wonderful daily life picture from Poland with a very good composition and fine colors. I like many persons adding life to your shot.Very well seen and done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
tatadalou (7459) 2013-03-04 12:23
I didn't notice it was a HDR shot. Nicely done (i'm usually not fond of HDR) ! I like very much the framing and the vertical lines of the houses, the columns, and the people...
emka (99971) 2013-03-04 12:34
Hi, Nice shot with so many people and no ghosts. Some nice scenes here, the lady photographing and also the man is checking something on the display. Interesting square format. Good use of HDR. Sharpness and colours the first class.
bayno (18344) 2013-03-07 8:09
there is many situation were the HDR work very well, for me when there is not water and no blu sky, work well with the cloudy sky, in this case for me is perfect, i use the technic but already they banned my post....
You chose a not heavy edit, i use photomatix...and i like also esagerate process ;)
nice framing and clear details...good colors too..
greetings from India...
CLODO (34720) 2013-03-16 7:35
I don't imagined it was an HDR (there is not a big contrast, so why using this technique?). By firing 5 frames per second, maybe you reduce the risk to get ghost persons.
I like the cool attitude of the tourists wandering in the city to discover its gems.
CLODO, back from holidays
ikeharel (72887) 2013-03-22 5:08
Tourist filled the streets of old town beautiful-Gdansk.
The gate on left side is an eyes catching element, yet the whole reminds me more of Italia rather than poland.
Nice outlines and fine clear details.
*** The parking lot in my pic. is a part of the prolonged promenad, but Sunday is a working day in Israel, so it was relatively empty.
mkamionka (37813) 2013-04-08 13:51
Lovely capture from Gdansk. I have visited this charming old town in 2002 but for me it was a pre-digital era, so all photos are of lower quality. The weather did not spoil us... I don't see shadows there means you did have some bad weather too but you did a fantastic job cutting away the dull sky here and focusing on the street life. The processing is perfect to enhance the 3D feeling.
Very well done!!!
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (69143)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-07-30
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
- Exposure: f/3.5
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-02-27 6:21