The first shot is awesomeQuoteI'm in Fountain Valley.
If you don't mind, what software do you use to PP your HDR pictures? Thx
Dylan I used DPP, Photomatix, Photoshop CS 5 and ACDSee Pro 5. Once in awhile Lightroom 4.1 though not crazy about having to EXPORT everything and having to import new pics and changes to photos whereas ACDSee if you add a new pic, new folder, new whatever the photo manager picks it up immediately. Used to be $229 USD they are running a promo at 69.99 presently.
Christian - yes good call on the teal in the center..looks more pronounced here (web) then viewing locally though. That was probably my fault. I just redid the HDR process and found the culprit - it's called "Natural" in Lighting Adjustments in Photomatix. As soon as I clicked this effect the Teal center came in to view. Perhaps time for a redo. Maybe we 3 can start a local Canon club or help each other find new locales for photo shoots..I know this area quite well with respect to nature and hiking trails but always looking for new places to shoot.
Update: -just redid the photo and uploaded..see if this looks any better though I notice more glow around the tree...uggh. Slight vignetting in upper left corner I know perhaps HDR did this don't notice on original single image.
PS - i just sent a message to you both (PM) - check messages..cheers
you should give LR enfuse a go it runs inside LR and is awesome, no halos at all, clean images no added fuzziness, no wierd colour shifts then you can just use all the LR edits straight away on the output HDR image
and NO added noise!
it produces a very natural base image which you can dial in all the tweaks you like nice and easy within Light room
here is a sample 5 shot bracket with 1EV gap each shot 1Dmk3 24-105 @47mm f8 and handheld