This is a comparison of 5 popular programs for producing HDR images. These are high dynamic range photos made from at least 3 bracketed images and have become very popular. They tend to be more realistic looking as you can see all the detail in the shadows and highlights or they can very painterly looking.
After using one of the more popular programs since 2007, Photomatix, I could not upgrade to the latest version, 4, as they wont accept my license code that i have been using since I originally bought it! So I decided to try some of the new crop.
This a panoramic image that was taken from Dewy Point, a overlook that you have to ski 3 miles to get to.
This year Yosemite has a above average snow pack, the first time in years. So get ready for a waterfall and river show the likes that has not been seen in years. Here we have Yosemite Falls just days ago and you can see how large it is already and it has not even been that hot to help the snow melt. Wait until we get a hot spring day. Yosemite Valley is echoing with the thundering Yosemite Falls.
A panoramic image made from several images showing Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite Valley. Since it was made from 7 photos zoomed in the detail is simply amazing.
To see all the detail you can fins a zoomable, scrollable version of this at:
Open all images in Autopano
Separate layers by aperture
Render 3 layers
Assemble in PM