50mm Lens, Animals, Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Editing, Photography

Chimps and Photomatix

A few weeks ago I was at the zoo and got some photos of a few chimpanzees hanging out in the trees.  It was about 5pm in the afternoon and super sunny.  Between the bright sky and the dark chimps, I figured this was a good time to do a bracketed exposure so that I could create an HDR image in Photomatix.  Here is my HDR version:

ISO 160 50mm f/6.3 1/400

ISO 160 50mm f/6.3 1/400

I had my shutter speed set pretty fast for this series of shots, but the chimps did still move a bit between exposures.  Movement like that is called ghosting.  Photomatix has an easy to use tool to take care of that, in this case it worked pretty well but not perfectly.

Here is the original so you can see the difference:

ISO 160 50mm f/6.3 1/400

ISO 160 50mm f/6.3 1/400

I think, in this case, the HDR version does a nice job of bringing out details that you can’t see in the original, would you agree?  Feel free to leave a comment below.



15 thoughts on “Chimps and Photomatix

    • Never say never, but I rarely use an auto HDR. If my original bracketed images aren’t working, sometimes I take one exposure, make two additional copies and then edited one to an exposure stop over and one under and then create an HDR from those three images. It’s just that auto HDR rarely creates the result that I had in mind.


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