Although its a nice image, but hardly needed HDR for that. I could have capture that with my Phase camera system.
To which image are you referring? And I always find it funny when people say things like that without having seen the original scene nor the raw files. You have no idea how much contrast the original scene had.
This is what I find funny about the Pixel counters, you always want a way to fake the system, instead of waiting for little things to happen in the shot like a cloud to move and block more of the highlights and make the shadows and highlights closer together.
Pixel counters? Where did you see any of that in the article? And how is using those techniques "faking the system"?
As for waiting for the cloud to block the sun, that can work sometimes but it isn't guaranteed at all and then light conditions will have changed. What if the scene I want to record is the one I see in front of me now? If you look at the images in the article, the sun is almost always already behind the clouds. What then, am I just supposed to wait for sunset?
By waiting for just the right circumstances you will always get a better images the correct way to capture the image.
Says you. I disagree. What if the right circumstances are now but the camera can't record it correctly (yes, even phase one backs have finite dynamic range)? No one has the pretension to know what the "correct" way to do anything is. All HDR does is offer one more tool to capture the image, nothing more.
Your pursuit of finding everything possible to know about things you either can't control not use to your advantage is hilarious.
And you message is more than a little insulting.
Why not spend more time studying better lighting, composition, picking the right depth of field, choosing the right lens for the job ect. This will help you more than wasting your time, because nothing will ever replace the proper way to shoot an image. No amount of gimmicks will help and produce great images.
All of this is completely orthogonal to the use of HDR. You can have the perfect light, composition, depth of field and lens but still not be able to capture the image in a single exposure. Which is when HDR becomes useful.
So here is an image captured without HDR and shot the right way. I waited 6.2 hours for this to become just perfect with the right cliffs and trees lit up all together. Tim
That's a nice image. But because you waited and managed to get a capture with a single exposure doesn't mean that waiting will always make someone be able to capture a scene with a single exposure. Again, what if the scene I wanted to capture was the one from 6.2 hours ago when dynamic range was too big for your sensor?