Arrrgh! i'am trying to do multiple exposures to get around the sky being lighter problem I don't know where i'am going wrong but my images look ugly and muddy. I set exposure on the lightest part of the scene then set brackets to +2 0 and -2 f16
I then put it through photomatrix with fusion adjust default settings but in photoshop its just plain ugly.
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Just had a quick look and your over exposed image is not bright enough it needs to be much more washed out this is probably as you are metering from the brightest part of the image and hence the light meter will darken everything, try focusing on a mid tone and try again...to really get everything to pop you need a great highlights and low lights...27 June 2012
hope this helps...
Ordinarily, cameras have a sensitivity to light that is a function of time. For example, a one second exposure is an exposure in which the camera image is equally responsive to light over the exposure time of one second. The criterion for determining that something is a double exposure is that the sensitivity goes up and then back down.25 June 2012
Not an HDR comment- looks like you have some dust on the lens.15 June 2012
I have also struggled with HDR, and unfortunately, have not mastered it enough to give you any assistance, however, agree with the comments about RAW files. Open in LR first and adjust.
mmm, ugly in what sense? with HDR, ugly could mean many things haha.12 June 2012
it doesn't look as though the dynamic range of the landscape is extremely great so perhaps the ±2 stops is to much. try 1 or 1.5 max.
were you shooting in RAW or JPEG. Jpeg obviously don't hold as much info as raw's and i found that with hdr, it introduces jpeg type artifacts, perhaps not surprisingly. however, i found that i got bad results by just importing my raws directly. i first open in LR, removing any sharpening, do some niose reduction (NB), set black point to 0, and perhaps add a little contrast. and then export to photomatix.
of course it could just be the photomatix settings that are not right for the shot, hence why i ask why its so ugly. i usaully start with default and then tone down from there. microsconstrast and lighting effect can really bugger up your images if not done right..
hope this helps