Wednesday, February 10, 2010

San Francisco Bay--Watery Wednesday

A couple of pictures of San Francisco Bay
I've been experimenting with HDR
After merging three images and tone mapping I used
Photoshop Elements to process them further.

Here are the shots with normal exposure, straight from the camera.
I'm still trying to decide if the program, Photomatix, is worth the cost. What do you think?
More watery sights can be seen at Watery Wednesday,
hosted for us each week by 2Sweeknsaxy.


15 comments:

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Lovely colors in the fixed photos. We don't know much about photo edit programs yet- but we have had nice results using plain old picnik.com
-we love the pics on your blog!
: )

happily retired gal said...

I was totally unfamiliar with HDR and Photomatrix so I stopped to 'Google' the terms ... perhaps I'll ask my Digital Media instructor tonight what she thinks. I see the differences in your photos and think you could do similar things with filters in Photoshop Elements. I guess it all comes down to how much you enjoy experimenting and the discretionary funds you have available.
Hugs and blessings,

Ginnymo said...

The enhanced photo are brighter and clearer. I'm not familiar with Photomatrix. I think I have HDR capability on my Corel paint Shop Pro 12 but I've never tried it out. I did check into it one time but have never taken the time to try it. And I don't get scenery photos anyway. Just animals... I think it works best with scenery like yours Martha. I have seen some nice HDR photos though. I wouldn't spend the money if you aren't going to be using it a lot. Good luck with it.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

The fixed photo's definitely pop out with nicer colors and just look very sharp.

I'm intimidated by all that stuff. I have Corel Draw and use about 1% of its capabilities but only on 1% of my photos. Of course I'm sure that everybody says "I know Yogi, we can tell."

Lindy MacDuff said...

It definitely made a positive difference. I've only recently started using Photoshop Elements and still fall into that novice category, so I think I'm in the dark ages. If you're enjoying the trial or tutorial, go for it!

eileeninmd said...

I think the colors in the HDR are brighter. They are pretty scenes, I love San Francisco.

Linda Reeder said...

Quite a difference. That's good. was it easy to do? That's another factor. Then the cost of course. If it's a fun toy, go for it.

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful shots of San Francisco Bay. The HDR versions are more exciting. I've never used Photomatix, looks like it would be fun to do the free trial to help decide it you want to buy it.

Pam said...

Martha, your shots of the bridge and bay are wonderful. There is a nice difference in the contrast and colors. I have only used Picasa and don't know anything about the others.

J Bar said...

Great shots of San Fran.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Gaelyn said...

I'd say the photomixeds look crisper, brighter and more 3-D. But I know nothing about HDR and don't even have photoshop. Downloaded free GIMP but haven't really figured out to use it. Good luck. SF is my favorite city in the US, and I don't do cities very often.

ρομπερτ said...

AS I don't know any program, would like to thank you for these beautiful photographies, enhanced or not.
Please have you all a wonderful Thursday, enhanced by real life ;)

Poetic Shutterbug said...

The first two are much more colorful and have great depth. My bridge, I live in SF, looks fantastic in these shots. Very well done. I don't know much about different photo software, I just use what came with my own camera.

Barb said...

Hi Martha, A few days off the computer - I'm in Breck again - I was happy to see your GG pictures. So - it was sunny for your special weekend? I'm glad!

Linnea W said...

The edited shots definitely show more color saturation and depth, but the original shots are wonderful, too. Looks like you had great weather in SF. Glad the rain relented for your visit. Very colorful skies. Hope you had a really fun time. Thanks for visiting my WW!