Raging Sloth Tech

Upcoming Canon S95 HDR addition

So for another 6 days I'm working about 13 hours a day and won't get to see the sun. I'm typing this while downing spaghetti before going to bed at 8pm. Such is the life sometimes in my chosen profession. Anyway I thought I'd blog some quick points about my S95 HDR pics of the Grand Canyon that are coming.

  • While I am a fan of the in-camera HDR feature I've had my first disappointments with some shots. The setting works well for quick HDR like I've said before, but does a poor job when there are extreme lighting differences, at least with the source material at the Grand Canyon. Some of the mountains look terrible in the background. I haven't tried to fix tis yet with photoshop but it is at the least an annoying extra task and more work than auto-bracketing.
  • The auto-bracketing shots I took worked out well, with my mini tripod and setting a delay before shooting. One set of 3 images had to be corrected by only one pixel in one of the images. Without the delay setting significantly more adjustment was required but FDR Tools was able to set things up without noticeable ghosting.
  • Photoshop Elements did a pretty bad job of combining the photos prompting me to buy the full version of FDR Tools which is very impressive.
  • I still like the in-camera feature and defend it against the criticisms I've read on other sites. After all, FDR Tools running on my MacBook Pro (2.5GHz dual core) takes almost a minute to generate an HDR image while my camera running on a battery and fitting in my hand does it in approximately 7 seconds. Just keep in mind that the feature is only meant for certain applications and scenes (and skill levels).

So the future article will elaborate on these points and give some photos to back things up.

On another point I'm going to be playing around with mod_pagespeed in a virtual machine and figuring out why it screwed up my site formatting so eventually I'll have something out on that. If you want to know when it comes out the
RSS feed is the best way to go.

As for me I've got 43 minutes till bed...
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