I like HDR photography a lot. I’ve been messing around with it for a few years. Most of my efforts have been hit or miss. Not all subjects lend themselves to HDR photography and my technique and workflow is shoddy.
Recently I discovered an article by … where he detailed his workflow for creating beautiful HDR. I put the article away but only recently found the time to try out his workflow on a few of my images.
This is the original image of a fire truck for the Rocky Hill Hook & Ladder. I took the photo about a month ago a few days after Hurricane Irene blew through New Jersey. The Rocky Hill Hook & Ladder were out helping residents with flooded basements, cutting fallen trees, and keep idiot motorist off the flooded road and bridges in the area.
I started with a single RAW image and used Topaz Noise. I created four virtual copies and adjusted each +4/-4 and +2/-2 stop and then combined them in Photomatix Pro. I then tone mapped the image using Enhancer Painterly. That image is below.
I then imported the resultant image into Topaz Adjust and applied one of the standard presets. I think it was crisp. The result is the following. What do you think?