Sunrise from Coral Cove Park, Jupiter, Florida

Apr 19, 2011 | Florida Beaches & Coasts, Sunrises & Sunsets

I recently talked to the folks at Photomatix and I asked them to add a feature in their HDR software… an option to choose the exposure to use when removing ghosting. I come to find out that option already exist… and it works great!

The reason this option is needed is because when I go out to shoot something, like the ocean, waves never stay still, so every exposure is different. Some waves are better looking than others and being able to choose a specific wave for my HDR photos really helps create a more powerful image.

To choose the exposure I want to use in Photomatix is rather easy. All I need to do is select the semi-manual ghosting option, and then once I’ve selected the area for processing, I right click that area and I’ll get an option to select the exposure I want. Can you believe all this time I’ve been doing the hard way! That’s what I get for not reading instructions!

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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 CleanPhotoshop plugin used to smooth pixels.
Topaz SimplifyPhotoshop plugin used for artistic affect.

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Photography Style: High Dynamic Range
Digital Camera Used: Canon 5D Mark2
Lens Used: Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L USM
Photo Location: Coral Cove Park, Jupiter, Florida