Hot Day for HDR Trials

It is hot here, 38C or 100.4F, in both temperatures that is hot.  With 2 days to go to the official start of summer, it was bound to happen.  Still, I’m not happy about it.  It is too hot to go out and take photos, so I have been going through my photos.  I wanted something cool today.  I wanted to work on some photos that weren’t taken when it was hot.

This is a three image HDR created using Photomatix Pro.  The colours are quite natural, though the sky may be a little over done.

Here is the same image done with HDR Color Efex.  This image hasn’t worked as well, it is too grey, there isn’t enough tonal range in it.  There are so many more things to play with in this software, and that may be the problem.  I will have to keep playing.  It took me months to work out Photomatix, so I am sure I won’t get HDR Efex overnight.

I have to say, that for this image, the Photomatix Pro version wins.  I should have mentioned as well, that no other processing was done to them other than combining the images into HDR’s.  I decided that it was a better test of the software if I just used that, and did nothing else.


I have been honoured with two more awards.

jmsanchezbenitez has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

My Travels & Photography has nominated me for the Blog of the Year as well.  I have two stars now.

I would like to thank both people, I feel very honoured.



    • It is really hot, though it is nice because it isn’t always hot, we do have cooler days so that is helpful, but yes, when it is really hot it is best to take photos in the morning.

  1. With the frost in the uk this morning I can’t imagine those temperatures! Thanks for another interesting post. :)

    • Thanks elleturner4, it is hard to believe, but it is quite warm here, not great, would give it up for the cold.

  2. I thought I was going to see an Australian triathlon when I clicked on your post. (HDR what?) Learning a lot from you! Thank you!

    • Haha, where did you get triathlon from Colleen? HDR high dynamic range. That is great to hear and thank you.

  3. I love your blog! I am a photography enthusiast, though not a photographer myself. you can follow mine as well. it’s a baby still though. but I’m sure you’ll find a read or two. :)

    • I have been using Photomatix for a long time now and I have come to understand how everything effects the image, but so many people have raved about HDR Efex, that it has to be good as well, I just have to figure it out. Thanks

  4. I like the sky in the first one – I’ve seen them look just like that, not at all unnatural.
    No snow pictures just yet, but maybe by the first of next week :)

    • It is pretty close to nature, but I can tell that it has been enhanced, if that makes any sense.
      I can’t wait for the snow pictures, :) I have been seeing quite a few around.

  5. nullauomo says

    Congrats on the awards, well deserved! I forgot that our winter is your summer… ;-)

    • Thank you nullauomo. It is strange the different hemispheres, I used to find it very confusing but I find it good now.

  6. -4c this morning but did reach a balmy +5c by lunchtime. May be we could work out a share arrangement fro the weather…..what about splitting the difference?

    • Oh I like that idea David, let’s see what we can do. It would be great if you could do that. I would love it. thanks

  7. Nice treatments nevertheless.

    We could stand to use some of that warmth here. Though not icy cold, the overcast of the last few days has made it feel that way.

      • You can have it all David, I hate the hot weather. I like it somewhere in between. Which is nice because autumn and spring are those temperatures. What is it like taking photos when it is like that?
        You are welcome,thought it was about time, like to support those that support me.

  8. Leanne, I can so feel your pain. We just got over our hot summer here in Florida. You don’t want to leave the house, which is very frustrating as a photographer isn’t it?
    Laurie @ Pride in photos

    • Yes, Laurie it really is. I really don’t do well in the heat. The light is always way too harsh as well. Thanks.

  9. Congratulations on your awards and pictures! I have been learning a lot going through your photographs and you are also helping me narrow my choices of which camera to start with. Thank you for being a constant visitor on my blog as well ! ^_^

    • Thank you mtahirhasnain, I hope you have found some information that you are looking for about finding a camera it is an important choice. Good luck.

  10. Love the first shot, and agree with you on the second. Is there any prospect of a break in the heat? I hope so for you.

    • Thanks Richard, we always get a break, usually a few days or more. It was just so sudden and too early for days like that, hopefully, it isn’t an indication of what is to come.

  11. Too hot down under around you. Too cold up here: Frost and snow this evening. And two days to go – not to summer – but to winter :-( Brrrrrrrrr….. I would like to swap!!!

    • Wouldn’t it be nice if the temperatures could be mild all the time, not hot and not cold, I would like that. I hope you can stay warm Truels. :)

  12. I agree that the Photomatrix version is best. I haven’t done any HDR work to date. You have really spiked my curiosity though. It is amazing how different the two images are. I’m wondering if the second program has as much color range as the first. I learn so much from your posts! Thank you! Robyn

    • It is an interesting process, and I probably use it too much, but it is fun. I think the second program is probably good, I just need to work it out. It took me a while to work out Photomatix, so I imagine it will take me a while to work out HDR Efex. That is so good to hear Robyn, always nice to know that people like what I am doing. Thanks.

  13. Here’s another star for you. I have two also, so I’ll share!!! That looks very cool and nice. We left the beach early this week because the rain started, and didn’t show signs of stopping. It’s been raining here at home, too. The weather is still not cold, yet – about in the 50s. Still I was a little depressed by it yesterday. It poured! I vote for number 1. :)

  14. The second image, emanates that sensation of a passing cloud blocking out the sun when the light dulls momentarily, which I prefer. The first image is a classicly scenic, well lit, seaside palette image. Both have appeal.

    • I have to agree EllaDee, there are things about both that I like also and I know that I need to work out HDR Efex a lot more. Thank you.

  15. Your award nominations are well deserved Leanne. I don’t know of any other blogger who is as generous as you are with your time and knowledge. The only thing missing is a tutorial on how you manage to accomplish all that you do — or could it be that you’ve learned how to clone yourself :)

    • Thank you ag, that is such a lovely thing to say. I have to admit I do spend a lot of time on it, and would like to continue. As long as people like what I am doing I would like to continue it.

  16. Great post. Whenever I do HDR (not very often) I use Photomatix but had been meaning to try Nik HDR Efex Pro as I use their other software a lot. Maybe I’ll keep using Photomatix :)

    • That is part of the reason I wanted to try it. I think it has merits, but I need to time to work out exactly what it is all about. I do like some things about it. Thanks Geoff.

  17. A beauty of a shot to begin with, Leanne! I would imagine playing a bit with contrast on the second one would remove that ‘grayish’ look…but, we only have a limited amount of time to play some days, don’t we?

  18. Congrats on your awards! Well, I’ll trade weather with you if you’d like lol! It’s starting to get foggy and cold here. Oh how I miss tank tops lol! These photos are great! It looks like you were under a pier? I love the area. The detail you got out of the clouds in the second one is amazing!

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