Gas Station HDR

this is one of three images I used for the HDR. It’s the one that is correctly exposed.

Then I added two shots one under and one overexposed and made a HDR of them. Here’s the result

The photos I made with the bracketing function of my D 5000 that is only limited on three layers. It’s a nice function to keep the result sharp and crispy. Now I’d like to find a body that allows 5  -or better – 7 layers for HDR-photos that is due to my budget. Any suggestions from you? 😉

Some weeks ago we tried several 7 layers_HDR’s but only one was successful because we had to adjust the camera (a D 70) each time for each photo. But this one was really good (what made me learn that the more layers the better the result).

6 responses

  1. Thanks for sharing your results!

    As you perhaps know, I’ve been doing HDR photography for quite some time.
    My advice: no new camera body necessary!
    When I began with HDR, I successfully used a Nikon D50 for HDR pictures and even with my compact camera I managed to get the coveted “Editor’s Pick” at “HDR Spotting”. I am not telling you this because I want to boast, but to convince you that the D5000 is absolutely capable of doing great HDR photos.
    A new body might just make it more comfortable to do more layers. But honestly, in the majority of cases three layers suffice – although a lot of people boast with how many layers they used, as if the amount of effort put into making a picture would speak for its quality.

    Just use a good tripod, shoot a burst of three bracketed shots in RAW (!) format, and find out the best post-processing (i.e. masking work in PS) for your situation, i.e. without it results will probably not be optimal.
    If you really think that more layers are necessary, do the additional shots separately.

    I use a Nikon D90 most times today, but I still do not take more than three layers in most cases.



    2010/10/31 at 6:14 pm

    • Thanks for the lesson! That is a technique that I haven’t tried yet, but I can see that you get amazing results. Something I need to try, soon!

      2010/10/31 at 6:39 pm

      • Thank you – and have fun!

        2010/11/01 at 12:53 pm

    • Thank you so much for your advices Timo!

      A better tripod is on my wish-list already. Another thing was that you gave me the idea to check out one 5-layer HDR at night. It was quite good (but not that good to waste mbytes here ;-)… I used only 3 of them and made a second HDR to compare it. The result was that I me and my love couldn’t see any differences worth to make some thoughts about a new body – and the photos were made in RAW (what I love to use ’cause these files can be edited without loss of quality.

      Maybe I chose some wrong exposure values (+/- 5 EV). I’ll try it again another time at the same place…

      By the way you can believe that I’m very glad with my D 5000…

      P.S. You don’t boast!!!!!!

      See Ya!

      2010/11/01 at 12:47 pm

      • Another thought – maybe you should deactivate Active D-Lighting when doing HDR.

        2010/11/01 at 6:02 pm

  2. Very cool. I love the blur of lights.

    2010/11/01 at 7:25 pm

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