Phi Ta Khon Festival - HDR

The festival was superb, I can’t remember the last time I had such a good time!
Everyone was so warm, friendly and cheerful and spirits were running very high.
The general idea of the festival is to get dressed up as ghosts, and then get extremely drunk. Nice drunk though!
The Fuji S3 generates some great HDR photos from it’s RAW files, what I shame I can only get around 70 RAW files on one 2GB memory card!

Phi Ta Khon Festival
Phi Ta Khon Festival
Phi Ta Khon Festival
Phi Ta Khon Festival
Phi Ta Khon Festival
Phi Ta Khon Festival
Phi Ta Khon Festival
Phi Ta Khon Festival
Phi Ta Khon Festival
Phi Ta Khon Festival
Phi Ta Khon Festival
Phi Ta Khon Festival
Phi Ta Khon Festival
Phi Ta Khon Festival

Perhaps I’m getting carried away with the effect, but I like it and it’s fun. I’m sure I’ll calm down and produce nice respectable realistic photos again soon so I don’t offend people’s sensibilities.

Some tips about HDR I’m picking up…
it’s handy to keep the original photo on the bottom layer in Photoshop so you can tone down the HDR effect. Obviously I haven’t done that here! But I can see a place for this being done in a subtle way on many future photos.
As my camera (Fuji S3) has a wider dynamic range than other cameras, it’s possible to turn a JPEG capture into HDR. I NeatImage the photo first if it needs it, convert it into 16-bit and save it as a TIFF which can then be opened in Photomatix Pro for the HDR treatment. Nice!

3 Responses to “Phi Ta Khon Festival - HDR”

  1. David Says:

    Yuk!

    It baffles me why anyone would want to ruin their good photography with such an overdone and tacky effect as HDR?

    Flat colours, no contrast.

  2. MAK Says:

    Personally I really like the effects of HDR even when used to the max.. Im thinking about buying the Fuji S5 Pro to compliment my D200 .. Nice work here

  3. nikki radford Says:

    yeah, it’s unrealistic and obvious, but it makes them stand out a mile. I like the effect, brings it them to life a little more.

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