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Before & After [#1]   5 comments

Lately, as you sure are aware from following this blog here, I have quite frequently been talking about the programmes I have used for quite a while now to enhance my pictures. Mainly and mostly it’s EasyHDR, but then there’s my „regular“ programme for viewing, cataloguing and re-working pictures, ACDSee Ultimate 9, and there’s also Inpaint to eliminate unwanted items from pictures. With this post here, I’m starting a mini-series of „before & after“ pictures, to show what these programmes do. Today, the first is a pictures I took a few days ago in our backyard, shortly before sunrise, with the Nikon D500 and the Nikon 16-80 mm Zoom. I showed this a few days ago here: Before Sunrise in Our Garden. Here’s the original:

before & after

Backyard before Sunrise: Original

The data: Nikon D500 – 1/25 s – f/3.5 – ISO 1800 – Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8 – 4 Zoom at 16mm

And here’s what working it over with EasyHDR did:

before & after

Backyard before Sunrise: LDR

By clicking into the pciture and then using the magnifying/zoom function you can see the pictures at their full resolution, btw.

Some remarks: this here is not a „real“ HDR-rendered picture, as I had a single original only, not the 3 or more with different exposure settings that are usually required for true HDR. So this here actually is LDR. But it still astonishing to me what the programme does in getting details, especially in the dark areas of the picture. EasyHDR comes with quite a variety of pre-set renderings, plus the opportunity to change everything, e.g. saturation and/or contrast, by hand. I have only used pre-sets so far, and am quite happy with it. This here pre-set is called „natural2“. What the programme does, though, when you have really dark areas or pictures with a low exposure respectively: it makes them a tad grainy. I think one can see that here. But still, I’m happy with the result. The files, btw, also become much larger. But nowadays, when even terabytes of storage have become quite cheap, I don’t consider that very much of a disadvantage.


Veröffentlicht Sonntag, September 24, 2017 von Pit in Photography, HDR, ACDSee Ultimate, LDR, EasyHDR, Inpaint, before & after

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Before Sunrise in Our Garden   3 comments

This morning, I happened to be up early and caught a few shots in our garden before sunrise, with the moon and the morning star still up in the sky, while the first pink colours were just showing up. It’s amazing, though, how much detail the camera catches. There’s plenty in this picture – after enhancing it, of course – which I had not been able to see with the naked eye, e.g. the deer in the foreground, to the left, or the hills further up Lower Crabapple Road just showing through the trees on the left.

before sunrise

Early Morning Atmosphere in Our Garden

Evening on Lower Crabapple Road – A Somewhat Different View   6 comments

Just fiddled around some with my ACDSee and thought this might be an interesting rendering of a picture I posted on Wednesday. The rendering is called „posterize“:


Evening on Lower Crabapple Road – Posterized

Veröffentlicht Sonntag, Juli 16, 2017 von Pit in Abend(stimmungen), ACDSee Ultimate, clouds, Photography, Sonnenuntergang

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Before and After   10 comments

Of late, I have been experimenting with EasyHDR, especially enhancing my old pictures and I’m still amazed about the results. Here’s a „before“ and „after“ [of a flower I took years ago – in 2005 – at the Rose Garden Inn in Berkeley].

Vorher – Nachher

In der letzten Zeit habe ich eine Menge herumexperimentiert mit EasyHDR, ganz besonders um meine alten Fotos aufzupeppen, und ich bin immer wieder von Neuem erstaunt über die Ergebnisse. Hier ist dann ein „Vorher“ und „Nachher“ vom einer Blume, die ich vor Jahren [2005] im Garten des Rose Garden Inn in Berkeley aufgenommen hahe.








Veröffentlicht Donnerstag, Juni 22, 2017 von Pit in HDR, Photography

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St. Louis/MO Bridges – Continued   14 comments

It’s quite a while since I last published any of my pictures from our „RailTrailsRoadTrip“ in October last year. So I really need to continue. Here’s a picture of Eads Bridge. We passed underneath it on our 2-hour cruise of the waterfron to St. Louis.

Eads Bridge

Eads Bridge, St. Louis/MO

This picture has been edited, I must admit, both with ACDSee Ultimate 9 [for a light equalizer] and with easyHDR [for enhancement of details], but I think this brings out the fine metal structure very well, even if it does look a tad artificial.

Lower Slaughter, GB   10 comments

For my first picture here after my pause in blogging, I’ve chosen one that I took in 2013 in the Cotswolds, in the picturesque little village of Lower Slaughter:

Lower Slaughter

Lower Slaughter, in the Cotswolds, on the River Eye

The original photo has been (slightly) enhanced with EasyHDR, a programme I have lately come to like.

Clouds over the Dillon Pinnacles   6 comments


Clouds over the Dillon Pinnacles

Another extreme wide-angle lens view with some quite dramatic effect, again in a picture taken across the Blue Mesa Reservoir on the Gunnison River in the Curecanti National Recreation Area in Colorado.

Veröffentlicht Sonntag, Juli 24, 2016 von Pit in Colorado, lenses, nature, Photography, Rocky Mountains, wide angle

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Clouds over the Rocky Mountains [1]   10 comments


Clouds, Rocks, and Water

An extreme wide-angle lens can create quite dramatic effects, as here in a picture taken across the Blue Mesa Reservoir on the Gunnison River in the Curecanti National Recreation Area in Colorado.

Veröffentlicht Samstag, Juli 23, 2016 von Pit in clouds, Colorado, lenses, nature, Photography, Rocky Mountains, USA, wide angle, Wolken

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Texas Still Life: Rooster, Longhorn Skull, and Truck in Luckenbach/TX   9 comments

Usually I don’t do any editing with my pictures [except for some cropping]. but I think this one here lent itself to changing it from colour to sepia:


Rooster, Longhorn Skull with Horns, and Truck

Veröffentlicht Sonntag, Juli 17, 2016 von Pit in Hill Country, Luckenbach/TX, Still Life, Tierleben

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A „Texas Roadblock“   6 comments

cattle in the road

A „Texas Roadblock“

Veröffentlicht Mittwoch, April 22, 2015 von Pit in cattle, Photography, Texas

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