I explored Death Valley for a few days right before Photoshop World. The photo above was taken in an area known as Bad Water. That’s Randy Van Duinen posing under the 119° sun.
This is a three-shot HDR image that has been further processed in Photoshop. Here’s what the image would have looked like if I used a single shot and processed it with default settings in Camera Raw:
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Hope it wasn’t one of you who scrawled that message on the desert floor…
Or, at a minimum, you obliterated traces of it after you took the shot.
Death Valley … I’m envious (was there several years ago).
Question: Is it possible to scan old film images in such a way so as to be able to transform them using HDR? Maybe scan a photo 3 or 4 times using different brighness settings and then process them using HDR?
I ran across the message on the desert floor, took the photo and walked on… I had nothing to do with the message’s creation.
I haven’t tried HDR on scanned images… you could do it if they were a bracket of different exposures just like you would shoot digitally. You’d have to experiment to see what you’d get with a bracket of scanning settings of a single piece of film.. I’ve never tried that.
Thank you, Ben, for replying. On Sept. 21 (under your “Photo from Death Valley”) I left a comment re my experiment using one photo to produce a “fake” HDR image in PhotoMatrix. It turned out surprisingly well, so I suspect the same would work on a scanned image. I’ll try it & see what happens. I am very much enjoying your “on the road” reports and your photos. Thanks again.