Welcome back @lylegogh
Edit: moved my post to the new thread…
After watching @ant_pruitt 's HoP on HDR, I decided to give it a try. I went into the garden and did some flower shots. One didn’t really work, there was too much wind, so too much variation and ghosting.
But I ended up with 3 usable images. I then found out that Capture One doesn’t do the HDR merge, which is a shame (there is a Photomax plug-in for bracketed HDR merges, but I don’t have that). But luckily, Affinity Photo does have a merge, so I did the merge in AP and a little adjustment work there and re-imported the finished image back into C1.
The resulting JPEGs were around 30MB in size! So I’ve dropped the quality from Best to High.
The colours are more vivid and there is more detail in the roses, but I find the bamboo in the background is now “noisy” and has lost a bit on definition.
This is the “middle” shot from the original of the red flower. The red is lovely, but the whole picture is “dull”, in terms of colour.
The HDR shot is much more dynamic and lively. The red comes out really well and the details is clearer. I played around with the black levels and I did get a very interesting effect on the flower, but lost too much detail, so this is the optimal setting I found for the whole image.
Again, the normal shot. The flower looks lovely, but the shadows under the colourful blooms hides the detail.
The HDR this time is more subtle, not so vivid, but brings out the details in the flower itself, especially under the blooms, you can see the delicate stalks attaching the blooms to the stem.
Overall, I’m happy with the images, as a first attempt.