behold!!! so, this is the HDR image, made from 1 RAW file, and then many-many PhSh manipulations))) I upload exactly this file, that I've uploaded as the HDR imitation once. So! tell me what you think about it))) is it better then the previous [link]
The shadowed area of horizon trees on the left is very light in compared to the horizon trees and buildings on the right. HDR should provide some more detail in the blacks. Your highlight tonality is good (but maybe a bit too low in contrast) The greens and vegetation contrast (bottom half) is good but there is not enough details in the blacks. Try expanding your bracketing a bit more into the darks and a slight touch less in the lights.
This shot looks ok, but the the watermark left by the photomatrix trial version is a bit distracting ...would be hard to sell a print with that watermark on it. You might want to level the horizon and check for fringing (tree line) if you are going to put it up for sale.
well, I have no intention to sell my works, they're to crappy, and I make them only for entertaining)) I know how to rid off this watermark by means of Photoshop, but I don't wanted to spoil the time on it. In fact, I wanted to delete it in few days after the uploading)) I just have to find the cracked version of Photomatix)) anyway, thank you!)
Your images are not crappy. The few that I've seen are quite good imo. Re photomatrix and other hdr appz...I try not to use them since they tend to increase artifacts such as fringing and just make more work in cleaning up the images. The photomatrix tone mapping plugin for photoshop can be useful, but most of the time I can get the desired effect by just doing normal processing of the raw file, and adjusting levels and curves. IMO a good hdr is one where you cant tell it is an hdr.
one thing I really don't like in Photomatix - is the increasing of the noise, in the darks, as always.. but sometimes not only in the darks! often I'm forced to take pictures with high magnitude of the ISO, and after the Photomatix the the level of noise is not acceptable!
I hear ya re the noise. You might want to check out a plugin called "neat image". Its for reducing noise and does a better job than the default one in the main photoshop app imo. Often its better to deal with noise in the raw files before bringing the image into the main app (ps).