Final HDR Friday – Police Boat from Thailand

Here is the final version of the HDR photo from Photomatix Monday. The whole idea behind Photomatix Monday is to show everyone that there’s more to HDR images than merging the HDR exposures. For me an HDR photo created using HDR software is just a rough sketch of the finished product. Once I get the starting image the real work begins.

A lot of my photos uses Actions. In Photoshop (Not PS Elements) you can record processing techniques and then use the same technique on different images. These Actions can also be used in Photoshop Elements as long as the function recorded is available.

I have tons of different actions, but the trick is combining these actions together to create a unique look that appeals to the human eye. Most combinations won’t work for every photo, but when you find the one that does, it’s like gold.

This HDR photo was the image used to build the base of my new Photoshop action. During the completion of my HDR ebook I already started developing a new processing technique in Photoshop using Topaz Plugins and a combination of other Photoshop functions. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to create this new action.

I’ll have this action available within a couple of weeks once I finish the ebook that shows how to use it.

Software Used for Processing Photo:
Photomatix
– Used for creating high dynamic range.
Topaz Adjust
– Photoshop plugin used to enhance details.
Topaz DeNoise
– Photoshop plugin used to eliminate noise.
Topaz Clean
Photoshop plugin used to smooth pixels.

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Photography Style: High Dynamic Range
Digital Camera Used: Canon 5D Mark1
Lens Used: Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L USM
Photo Location: Phuket, Thailand

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