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Building (Two Photographs)

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If you read yesterday’s post you will know I am exploring Luminar 2018 and Aurora HDR 2018. These photographs came out just as I expected. The part I worked on the most was exposure. I find in both programs a light hand on the adjustments is much better than big moves. The results are very natural and true to the original scene, with a just a touch more nuance in the light and detail.

Mural and HDR (Two Photographs)

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Some of my more useful software is dated and will not be continued. Instead I am trying out Luminar 2018 and Aurora HDR 2018 as my external editors for Lightroom and Photoshop. Luminar does a fine black and white. In my view Noiseless CK was a great program and should have been integrated in Luminar, as well as some of the filters from Intensity CK. But things change. In these photos cropping and perspective adjustments were done in Lightroom. Five shots one stop apart, two either side of the metered recommendation were taken into Aurora HDR. Minor tweaks made to make sure of no ghosting, no chromatic aberration, then into Luminar to adjust contrast, back to Lightroom for export. As a process it works well, though you may end up with more copies of a photo than you would want and too many programs open simultaneously. Still the results met my expectations. I will be trying this again on something other than wall art.

A Sparrow (Two Photographs)

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I had two problems with these photographs, the left hand side was much too bright (I used the neutral density filter in Lightroom to fix that) and there was an annoying out of focus oblong object by the bird’s feet. For that I used blur gallery to extend the blurred area to cover up the problem, hopefully that worked and the focus is on this magnificent sparrow.

Processed Flowers (Two Photographs)

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These photographs were processed in HDR pro in Photoshop with a few tweaks from Skylum’s Luminar 2018. HDR has come a long way and one can expect high dynamic range programs to have more natural results than before, though in this case I am just learning to get to that point. I have tried a few filters in Luminar to pick up the detail. Less intuitive than was the case with Skylum’s now discontinued Intensity CK, which was what I have used on all my photos up till now.

A Restaurant (Two Photographs)

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I was trying to use Luminar 2018 for B&W as well as HDR Pro in Photoshop at 32 bit. The results are not bad for black and white photos and it may be a process I will use again.  Skylum is putting all of its efforts into Luminar. Noiseless, Tonality and Intensity CK, programs I use on a daily basis, are now legacy programs not to be updated. Noise reduction in Luminar appears no different than Lightoom and there is no replacement for the filters I use in Intensity CK . So I am trying out all of Luminar’s tricks before even thinking about looking for an alternative.

A Flycatcher (Two Photographs)

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Someone will tell me if I misnamed this bird. I am not a birder and I often have trouble with taxonomy in general. I am always asking for help from birders, entomologists etc. No harm done, we all have to learn sometime.

HDR (Two Photographs)

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Many of you will be familiar with HDR, high dynamic range processing. It is a way to expand the amount of light your camera registers by combining more than one photo, usually three photographs, one under, one over and one properly exposed to the get this lighting detail. Often this has meant psychedelic results and efforts have been made to get a more natural look. I am game for anything and they tell me that the latest Photoshop does a great job with HDR. We’ll see. These are my first efforts.

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