This is a HDR image I captured at Cloudland Canyon State Park. The image is compiled of 5 images captured 1 stop apart. The images were processed using the LR/Enfuse plugin for Lightroom. I’ve been using this for all of my HDR work for some time now. It’s been quite some time since I’ve used any other software for my HDR process flow and I thought I would go back to some of the more popular solutions for a change. Long story short, my experiment was a failure. I went back to LR/Enfuse and I will stay with it. There is simply nothing else out there that produces “natural” looking HDR images with as much ease as LR/Enfuse. If you haven’t given it a try, you should think of giving it a quick look. You can see a high-resolution of this image on my website at http://www.tobygant.com/cloudland. Please feel free to leave comments. And if you’ve tried LR/Enfuse, what are your thoughts about it?
Here’s a view of Merritt Island as seen from Black Point Wildlife Drive. I used the LREnfuse plugin to combine 4 separate exposures of the same image. After making some minor changes to temperature and contrast in Lightroom, this is my final result. The appearance is almost identical to what I saw looking through my eyes. HDR is an amazing tool when applied with some restraint. Please share your thoughts. Do you think this image is overstated or natural? Hope to hear from you.
On a recent trip to Nashville, Tennessee, I took my family to visit the Hermitage. (Former home of president Andrew Jackson.) From the garden I captured 7 consecutive images that I planned to combine into a HDR image of the home and garden. I compiled the images using the LRenfuse plugin for Adobe Lightroom. The HDR results were incredible as usual. However, a storm had been moving in while I captured the images and the wind was picking up. The branches were moving rendering my multiple exposed images useless. Or did it? I’ve read a number of articles where photographers will adjust the exposure of a single RAW image and compile the “duplicates” to create a single HDR image. It was worth a shot right? I made 3 duplicates of the original and made adjustments to their exposure. I compiled the images and achieved what I was going for. There was no blur from the wind and it had that unmistakable HDR look.
I’m one of “those guys” who doesn’t care for the over-the-top HDR images. With that said, when it is subtle, it is a remarkable tool for capturing images in high contrast scenarios. At the 2010 Birding and Fotofest in St. Augustine, Florida, I attended a class instructed by Rob Sheppard. He mentioned he uses a plug-in for Lightroom called LR/Enfuse. I’ve been using it almost a year now and it is an incredible tool. It’s easy to use and your images look natural not cartoonish. However, you can easily change the settings to achieve that look if that’s what you’re going for.