By special request I shot some in-camera HDRs this morning. Let me say up front I am not a fan of this genre and I think my appetite for it will be limited. However I do recognize that many people do like the effect. So here goes. All shots were HANDHELD. So don’t expect miracles. I used a 24-105 F4 lens for all the images. In each case I used the “Art bold” setting, and I saved only the output file not the source images. So these come out as jpegs to start with. They are a mixture of 1 and 2 stop bracketing. “Auto image align” was enabled as they were handheld. Other than resizing there is NO post processing. WYSIWYG.
Here is one with a no HDR effect to compare. EXIF data were ISO 1600, 1/160, F8, @45mm. HDR first, then natural.
The zoom is not identical but you can see the HDR has handled the shadows nicely. Without the “Art bold” effect this could be quite decent. I would also boost the ISO next time to get a faster shutter speed.
Now a local minibus:
My reaction to this is “yuk” but some of you may like the way it looks. To me it is like a poorly printed postcard 🙂
Maybe it is just the way I take them!!
My reaction doesn’t change.
Not too bad if you like that sort of thing. Remember these are unprocessed. Last one coming up:
Now this has certainly done its stuff lifting detail out of the shadow and that’s about all I can say in its favour.
So I didn’t choose very interesting subjects but I have hopefully much better shots in the non HDR category. Luckily you are spared those. For now.
What I did notice today was that people notice the 5D mk III. People rarely bother with my M9 – smaller, less intrusive and better lenses of course. But less versatile in my hands. In fact the body of the 5D is not too bad but even the 24-105 lens makes it look bulky and unwelcome. I did marvel again how quiet the shutter is and in some ways that compensates. If you are quick it is so quiet nobody realizes the image has been taken. I also found that the ergonomics of the camera body were excellent. And menu navigation is easy enough if you have a basic familiarity with the Canon DSLR system. I especially like the bigger, easier to reach and find DoF preview button. Compared to the 1D mk IV it is a doddle. And the weight of the spare battery is rather less than a 1D’s for which I am very grateful. If this proves a good ‘bird’ body then I could even see me selling my 1D mk IV and buying a second 5D3. Maybe I should add a battery grip but I need to think about that.
I am sure most people can do better with HDR than I can and certainly off a tripod I suspect the images will look sharper but if you like HDR and can’t be fagged to lug a tripod around with you, maybe this is a good solution. It just isn’t for me.
Let’s go out in style. Here is a handheld HDR extract of an oil painting hanging in my home, Ababoles Rojos, by Ulpiano. The original is about as close to HDR as I would get so this is sort of HDR-squared, happily less toxic than CDO-squared.