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    High definition double delight rose photo by Leanne Wildermuth

    I’ve shared these photos with friends and fans on Facebook, but wanted to share them here as well. I’ve been playing with an HDR photo editor to enhance my photos and the results are just – stunning!

    Trying to explain what the effects of HDR do to my eyeballs is like trying to explain that squishy face you get after gulping a big glass of ice cold lemonade on a hot day.

    The rose above is a Double Delight, one that if I were capable, I would replicate the scent and be a millionaire off of profits from its perfume. How I wish monitors were scratch & sniff!!

    High definition german bearded iris photo by Leanne Wildermuth

    This is a German Bearded Iris. After a heavy rainstorm, all of my irises fell to the ground so I quickly grabbed my shears and cut them, brought them inside and have been very much enjoying their concord grape scent. I loved the water droplets and took the photo op while I had it. This one, if things ever go my way, (haha!) will become a painting. If you’d like a print, however, let me know and I’ll hook you up!


    Sarcasmom said,

    Beautiful Leanne. It looks as though you could touch them.

    5.31.2009 @ 8:51 am
    Becky said,

    So this HDR software… is it stand alone, or do you use multiple editing platforms? It looks very cool. We’re thinking of getting Photoshop for Mac and I was just curious what all you use.

    5.31.2009 @ 9:03 am
    Leanne said,

    I use 3 different programs – Corel PSP Photo, then HDR, then back into Corel PSP, then into Adobe Photoshop to compress for the web. :)

    5.31.2009 @ 9:09 am
    Pam said,

    :jawdrop: I had to d/l the trial version to play with, of course. These are stunning!!

    5.31.2009 @ 11:21 am
    june said,

    Your HDR is among the best I’ve seen…but I still can’t say I prefer it to the gentle subtleties of natural processing. Maybe I’m just a late bloomer (pun intended) :gardener:

    5.31.2009 @ 1:11 pm
    Da Goddess said,

    Loving the effect. Now, question, why do you take it into Photoshop to make web-ready? You should be able to do that with PSP. I do everything in PSP. What version are you using?

    6.1.2009 @ 12:20 am
    Leanne said,

    June, I hear you – there are some that are just better left in their natural state. Animals, for example – not meant to be high def. :camoflauge:

    6.1.2009 @ 6:22 am
    Leanne said,

    DaGoddess – I don’t like PSP’s compression, and I also notice that for the quality, the file size is very important too. So, in PSP, I can put it on 90%, visually see the compression and the file size might be 314k for example – but in Photoshop, I can do the same thing and get a better compression with no notable pixelation and the file size drops to around 120k.


    6.1.2009 @ 6:24 am
    Da Goddess said,

    I guess I’d have to see the compression issues you mention to understand better. I haven’t had any issues whatsoever with preparing files for web use.

    I go into resize with:

    Advanced settings checked
    Resample using Smart Size
    Lock Aspect Ration
    Resize all Layers

    Then when I go to save:

    Options: Standard Encoding
    Compression Factor:1
    ICC Profile checked box for Embed ICC Profile
    sRGB Color Space Profile

    You can run the wizard for other optimization steps, but each of these steps, if I change anything at all, I still get great results. For Gosnap Photography’s site, I can upload images no larger than 700px wide or hide and no larger than 105kb, I have to change my optimization prior to saving the file. I have no problems keeping the image looking good.

    What version of PSP are you using?

    6.1.2009 @ 7:05 am
    Leanne said,

    I am using PSP Photo X2.

    I just did the same thing (those are my default settings) – resized my image down to 500px wide.

    The resulting filesize was 348kb. I pulled that image into Photoshop Elements, hit “save for web”, changed the setting to 80 (maximum compression) and the file size is now 83k.

    To get that filesize in PSP, I had to set the compression value to 8 – and put up side by side I prefer the results of Photoshop for compression. :)

    6.1.2009 @ 7:25 am
    Nicky Bird said,

    You people are losing me with all your computer speak !!!! :rolleyes: but just wanted to say Leanne, I think those photos are beautiful, what ever you’ve done to them !!!!! ;)

    6.1.2009 @ 9:07 am

    Wow, Leanne, this photos will knock your socks off!! great! I love the Iris especially, maybe someday I’ll play around with that program, looks so cool.

    6.1.2009 @ 11:49 am
    Da Goddess said,

    That’s what I use, too. And while I’ve worked in both PS and PSP, I’ve never had a problem with web quality from PSP. Oh well, guess it’s different strokes for different folks.

    6.1.2009 @ 2:20 pm
    Anne Good said,

    Loving me the GB iris. Anything with purple instantly catches my eye.

    6.1.2009 @ 10:07 pm
    Leanne said,

    Nicky – thank you! I know, geek speak is confusing (I have my moments, too)!

    6.2.2009 @ 7:09 am
    Leanne said,

    Mary, thanks! I’m sure you’ll have fun with it. :)

    6.2.2009 @ 7:10 am
    Leanne said,

    DaGoddess – perhaps I am guilty of not considering that PSP has improved their compression utility since previous versions. Once I found a way I was happy with, it just stuck in my head, kwim? That’s just the way I do it now. I’ll try to wean myself and see if I’m just seeing pixels that aren’t really there. :giggle:

    6.2.2009 @ 7:12 am
    Leanne said,

    Anne, welcome – and thank you! I’m ordering some canvas today, see if I can’t create that same vibrancy in oils.


    6.2.2009 @ 7:13 am
    Da Goddess said,

    PSP X2 is pretty darn powerful and even has an HDR function in there if you care to explore that. If’n you want, you can ask me anything and I’ll asnwer to the best of my ability.

    6.2.2009 @ 7:47 am

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    6.3.2009 @ 12:00 pm

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