I asked Tammy if she wanted me to do some work to her Alone posting of a few days ago, I love the shot and think that proper HDR processing would improve the shot significantly. Tammy obtained some good processing from Photomatix but needs to add some refining touches to the shot.
My goal for this shot was to continue Tammy’s processing and bring out the main subject in the shot, the ornamental display. I will do my best to explain my HDR workflow in hopes of helping everyone with HDR processing.
Imported single jpeg into Lightroom and increased the color temperature.
Exported jpeg to Photomatix and tonemapped with the following settings: strength- 100, color sat- 60, luminosity- 3.0, micro-contrast- 3.0, smoothing(light mode)- high, white point- 132, blk point- .250, gamma- .7, micro-smoothing- 2.5, and highlights smoothing- 60.
Imported back into Lightroom and created a virtual copy which I decreased exposure by 1 stop. Then exported both copies to Elements.
In Elements, layered both copies with the lighter version on the bottom layer, created a mask and masked in brighter version of the display.
Finished with high pass sharpening and imported back into Lightroom, cropped and applied a post crop vignette.
I like how the display is bright, the shadows are retained but the details still show in the metal railings.
Hope this helps and fire away with the questions………