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Oloneo® PhotoEngine™ v1.1 and Oloneo HDRengine™ v1.1
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Paris, France – June 29, 2012 – Oloneo announces the immediate availability of Oloneo PhotoEngine v1.1 and Oloneo HDRengine v1.1 for Windows, the references in HDR and Raw image processing for the professional, amateur and novice digital photographers. These updates support DNG v1.4 as well as 24 new major cameras including Nikon D800, D800E and D4, Canon EOS-1D X, 5D Mark III and PowerShot G1 X, Sony SLT A37 and SLT A57, as well as Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 among others. These updates are freely available to all existing customers and are ready to be downloaded at www.oloneo.com.
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- Screen: 1280 x 720
Mac OS versions of Oloneo PhotoEngine and Oloneo HDRengine are not available at this time. The products run with good performance on a dual-core Mac with Parallels Desktop or similar virtual machines.
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What is the definition of HDR? Of course we know the acronym stand for High Dynamic Range but what do we mean by that?
To the vast majority HDR is a “Look”. That image looks like HDR. Typically that look is a little out there, a little CGI doesn’t look like a standard photograph and maybe they are not supposed to. That look is very popular amongst HDR fans and photographers or it may be abhorred by others.
But of course just because something has that Look, doesn’t mean it is actually an HDR but to many, as long as it has the look, that makes it one. But that look can be made without standard HDR methods, in fact using many HDR programs on a single standard image or using Post Processing programs such as Topaz Labs Adjust 5 or Nik Color Efex Pro 3 can yield images with that “Look”
Others believe it is all in the technique that is used, if you shoot 3 or more frames at different exposures and then combine them using sophisticated software. That makers it an HDR
But are either of these definitions true? Does either thing actually make them an HDR? Did the scene that was shot have a wide dynamic range? Did that single image we tone mapped have a wide DR?
After all, we first must acknowledge that our final product (Print or screen image) in not truly a High Dynamic Range but merely a compressed representation of what our eye sees…Ohhh wait are they even that? Do they truly represent what our eye sees?
As the eye sees
Which brings us to my definition of HDR. Now you don’t have to agree, that fine in fact I don’t even need to debate it. You should believe what you want to believe. I will simply give my viewpoint.
Now of course there is debate about what constitutes a High Dynamic Range Scene but for my purposes I like to use the contrast ratio of 1000:1 or higher as my threshold of HDR or close to that. That roughly works out to about 10 stops or a 10EV range or better.
Now you may be saying, wait. A lot of us are doing HDR images with just 3 Exposures of +- 2EV or a 4 EV range, even you recommend that. And we think those are HDRs, so how can you say 10EV or better?
Well we must remember that each image we take does not make up just 1 or 2EV. Each image has its own dynamic range. Typical DSL’s have a dynamic Range of 7 to 11 stops. So in our typical example, you have your 0 Image that has 8EV of DR and we add 4 more stops which gives us a range of 12EV.
We do have to consider that every exposure we take will not have the full dynamic range of the camera. The end exposures are limited by both the Noise Floor and the Highlight Ceiling. So some of your exposures especially if you are doing 5 or more may have smaller total DR in those shots. Also one other th9ought to remember is that DR decreases as ISO increases.
The second part of it for me is processing the image, As the Eye Sees. Now our visual memory may not be all that good but that is why I take a moment and don’t constantly shoot during a session. I take a moment not only to sit there and enjoy what may be a magnificent scene. But I take a look around me. How does the ground at my feet appear, how does the sun look right now. The sky the clouds, the tree line and I try to record that into my memory for when I am processing the image later to try my best to bring back in that image, what I saw at that time. Not always easy but I try.
So, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. It doesn’t have to be yours. That’s why we have Artistic vision and it is different for all of us.
Hope that helps
A couple weeks ago a few of my fellow photographers got together at the Bolsa Chica Wildlife Preserve in Huntington Beach California to shoot some birdies (cameras only)
It’s something I don’t do often (shoot wildlife) and it was great fun. Among us we had a wide range of camera gear and especially Canon camera bodies. We had an Canon 1D MKII, 5D MKI, 5D MKII and shooter Shannon brought her brand new Canon 5D MKIII and I had the opportunity to play with it a bit and also later to see some of the resulting images.
I have to tell you, I’m really not much of an equipment guy. I mean I LOVE my cameras and lenses but I don’t have to have the latest and greatest and I don’t spend a lot of time drooling over gear reviews unless it is something I am really interested in buying. BUT…and a BIG BUT…I …Want…..This …Camera.
As much as I thought the Canon 5D MKII was a great camera and better than my current and getting old 5D MKI (I still love you), the new MKIII blows them completely out of the water.
The Auto – Focus
The biggest complain most users had about the original and then the later MKII 5Ds was the Auto-Focus system. Now honestly I really didn’t have a problem with it. But then looking at what I shoot, Landscapes, Concerts, Street, Autos, Architecture. There really wasn’t a need for an amazing AF system and many times I’m on manual focus anyway.
But if you shoot anything moving, Sports, Little kids, Racing events, Wildlife and are now using Servo modes on your AF system. That is an entirely different game and one where the new Canon 5D MK III Kicks butt and back again. It is so fast and smooth and easy to use thanks to it’s new 61 Point AF system that not only is spread out amongst a MUCH Larger area in the viewfinder, The AF Points are more sensitive in more directions (Cross point), have assist sensors adjacent to the main ones and just tons of options to use the system as best fits your needs.
In practice the AF is just outstanding. Shannon and I shot about the same numbers of images, 150. My success rate was; 25 Images were usable. Shannon…125! and this was shooting some very small Sea Terns that move and change direction very quickly and then some larger pelicans that while large and cumbersome can dive for fish very quickly.
The FPS moves up from 3.9 to 6 and that is a bigger difference than it may seem
The viewfinder Borrows from the Canon 7D and is now 100% and bright and beautiful. The back LCD is larger and was bright and clear and useable even in the late afternoon sun while I struggled with my old design.
Image quality was first rate. The 22.3MP Sensor, even though DxO labs review of the sensor said it wasn’t much better than the MKII’s 21 MP sensor except for ISO noise. In viewing with my eyes, Just looks phenomenal. And even though they say the Dynamic Range of sensor is no better, to my eye it seemed much better especially in the midtone response which is something I think Canon in particular gets wrong. Color and clarity SOOC was perfect
And speaking of ISO performance, Shannon also shared some shots she did indoors of a Jiu Jitsu match and yeah, the ISO performance is just plain excellent.
A lot has been said about the $1,000 increase for this model. But this is not a cosmetic update but a very real and in the end useful update to what already was a great camera.
Like I said: I….Want…One
If anyone would like to send me a Nikon D800 for review, I certainly would like to put that camera through the paces too
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Thanks to Shannon Edmonds Photography for the use of her images
OK, so I’m back. Hope some of you are still here.
Those of you that know me personally or are close, professionally know there was a little more to me leaving then I led on. It’s really not that important why. It’s not hard to find if you really need to know and most don’t really need to know.
Regardless, I’m back. I probably won’t spend as much time here as I once did because there still are other things I want to pursue and other types of photography that are piquing my interest (I’ve come up with a different method for B & W conversion That I think just kicks butt) I still shoot a lot of HDR but I don’t want it to be the only trick my pony is capable of. I also am working on a more broad based photography teaching site to talk about ALL aspects and levels of photography. Eventually I may Merge the two sites to become one source for everything
I also want to do more magazine articles because well…they actually pay me to do that and I’m kinda liking this “pay” thing that people speak of especially since the cost of that “Other” thing was quite astronomical to me.
Which leads me to the last two things I want to talk about. If you like what you find here at the HDR Image and you could be so kind, If you have an interest in purchasing some of the products that our sponsors have. Whether it is the latest cutting edge software we have in the marketplace on the side or if you are thinking about buying that great Canon 5D Mark III camera from B & H. Please click through the links on this site. Not only does it help me out immensely, it may benefit you because we do have a few coupon codes that will slice the price down a bit and a few even put a discount in your basket without the need for any coupon code, just simply by clicking through this site.
And the final thing I ask is : Give me some ideas for articles. I know about and can write about just about anything concerning HDR and Photography in general. If there is something that confuses you or are just curious about, drop me a note and let me know and I will try to put something together. Writing is not the hard part. Figuring out what to write about is. So help me out the best you can.
Thanks again to everyone that supported the site before, I hope all the regulars come back and I really hope we get a lot more new faces so tell all your friends.
It’s good to be back