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I've been experimenting with HDR shots recently, especially in terms of using the technique in circumstances in which it wouldn't normally be used, not least because it's the topic of this month's tutorial, and the next. In this case, I shot a 7 shot sequence (at 1EV intervals) of one of Rhowan's soft toys, and can happily say that it wasn't worth the effort – by which I mean that I could probably have achieved this shot using a single exposure (e.g. this one). The reason for this particular experiment was that I thought the technique might add more contrast to the individual fibres, and while there is a slight difference, it isn't one that would make me try this again.

All that said, this is one of Rhowan's favourite toys, so I thought I might as well post it. As for the title: I converted the image to LAB Color mode to alter the tone and saturation.

I haven't posted the EXIF data, but all were shot at f/11.0 using a 100mm macro lens.

3x2 + HDR
comment by csj at 08:20 PM (GMT) on 10 April, 2008

This post has now ultimately made me decide what I am going to post latr on this evening...... I just love chimps..... I can see where you were heading with this, it might have worked better had he been behind an obscured sheet of glass, or against a wacko backdrop.... csj

comment by djn1 at 08:26 PM (GMT) on 10 April, 2008

Given your recent post on this topic I suspect that your entry for today will go down in history as being a slightly more serious attempt at a decent photograph than mine ;-)

comment by Jennifer at 09:18 PM (GMT) on 10 April, 2008

HDR self-portraits are probably very tricky so I think it's a pretty good try ;-D

comment by Roy at 08:07 AM (GMT) on 11 April, 2008

I've been using HDR for some time but still am not 'comfortable' with it. There are many occasions where I end up using a single exposure from a sequence shot with HDR intention. That said, I found your first tutorial on the subject very useful in organising my thoughts and look forward to part 2.
I know you're not a Lightroom user, but the beta for version 2, now available, has automated sequence export to HDR in Photoshop built in, which I have found works extremely well.

comment by mal at 09:06 AM (GMT) on 11 April, 2008

i've not seen a self portrait from you for ages Dave! super shot. mal

comment by Jide Alakija at 01:31 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2008

LOL...very very retro David, I really like what you've done here. Keep it up.

comment by Jide Alakija at 01:32 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2008

LOL @ Mal's comment...I have a great portrait of and for mal ;) I'll let you both know when I put it up!

comment by CushmoK at 06:27 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2008

The white monkey..a Yeti ?!! funny.

comment by Richard Trim at 08:02 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2008

Following on comments on Dave's visuals ... all I can say is that I'm hanging on to my remnants for as long as possible .... richard

comment by djn1 at 08:12 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2008

Thanks all :-)

comment by M a d . P h o t o . W o r l d at 09:49 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2008

It looks cute. HDR is always a disappointment when shooting something where there just isn't enough contrast. All the data from the shots fall in the same "spectrum" and the tone mapping don't need the duplicated data.