Photoshop HDR Blended with Photomatix

Mar 5, 2010 | Landscapes & Scenery

After merging exposures in Photomatix to create my HDR image I felt that this image was too dynamic. I then began to blend the exposures using Photoshop to create a pseudo HDR image. But the Photoshop HDR image lacked details that the Photomatix image had. So I took the Photoshop HDR image and the Photomatix image and blended them together. This technique allowed me to take the best from both images and merged them together. Now I have an image with lots of details but still looks natural.

Processing Technique: 3 exposure HDR merged using [intlink id=”546″ type=”post”]Photomatix[/intlink]. Detail enhanced using [intlink id=”542″ type=”post”]Topaz Adjust[/intlink]. Noise removed by [intlink id=”542″ type=”post”]Topaz DeNoise[/intlink]. Image smoothed using [intlink id=”542″ type=”post”]Topaz Simplify[/intlink]. Photo processed with Photoshop CS4.

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Camera Used: Canon 5D Mark1

Lens Used: Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L USM

Camera Settings: ISO 200, Shutter Priority, f/2.8 @ 1/200 of a second, AEB +2/0/-2

Processing Time: 60 minutes

Location: Jupiter Island, Jupiter, Florida