Win a Free Copy of HDR Expose or 32 Float   27 comments


Scenic waterway near Bernard, Maine, on Mount Desert Island, on a beautifully clear day.

Win a Free Copy of HDR Expose or 32 Float

(The image above was processed from three exposures -2EV, 0EV, +2EV merged with HDR Expose and processed using 32 Float. Click on the image to see a larger version in a new window.)

Note: This contest is now closed to new entries. Thank you to all the entrants for participating. Winner(s) will be announced shortly, so please stay tuned.

Thanks to my affiliation with the folks at Unified Color, I’m able to offer a free copy of both HDR Expose and 32 Float to two lucky people. All you have to do is download trial versions of the programs, process your original brackets, and show me the final result. In two weeks, two winners will be chosen from all entries.

The guidelines are simple:

1) Download a free trial copy of HDR Expose ($149.99 value) and/or 32 Float ($99 value)  from Unified Color.  The fully-featured trial versions are good for 30 days, with no watermarks, and no restrictions.

2) Pick a set of your own exposure brackets and create your best work using HDR Expose and/or 32 Float. No single-exposure entries, please, as this is all about High Dynamic Range (HDR).

3) Post a link to the comment section of this blog entry, pointing to your final image, which can be saved as a 8- or 16-bit TIF or 8-bit JPG file. The image can be on Flickr, on another photo sharing site, on your own website, or it can be hosted on your server where I can download it for a look. As long as I can get to it, we’ll be fine. (Important Note: Facebook Album entries will not be eligible for consideration.) When you post the link, please indicate which product(s) you used, and how many exposures went into the final version. Your email address will not be visible to others, but the link will be. This will have the added benefit of driving traffic to your site.

4) Please keep a copy of your final BEF file (Unified Color’s format.)  If you’re the winner, I may ask you for that file for possible further use. You’ll retain all copyrights, of course.

5) To keep the playing field level, do not apply any other filters, effects, adjustment layers, or other tweaks on the image. Work with it it entirely in BEF 32-bit format, using only HDR Expose or 32 Float.

IMPORTANT AMMENDMENT: Since one of the key features of 32 Float is that you can use multiple Photoshop layers derived from the original BEF file, I am updating Rule 5 to allow the use of Masking Layers. In other words, when working with 32 Float in Photoshop, you can work on your original 32-bit BEF file, making a Photoshop layer that exploits, say, the highlights of a photo. You can then go back to the BEF file (first layer) and create another new layer to exploit the shadow areas. Using Photoshop Layer Masks, you can selectively mask in/out certain parts of the image. (There is a tutorial for this on the UCT website, called “32 Float Dual Process Feature” located here. Or, you can view it on YouTube )  But please, no Curves, Exposure, Saturation, Brightness, or other Photoshop adjustment layers, and no 3rd-party filters (NIK, Topaz, Lucis, etc.)

6) The deadline for submission of entries is midnight (Eastern U.S.) on Saturday, November 27th, 2010. (Three weeks from the beginning of the contest.) Entries submitted after that will not be considered.

7) You may submit up to seven (7) images for consideration. To keep things organized, please submit each image link as a new comment.

8) Above all, Have Fun!

If you have a moment, please tell your friends about this contest, Tweet about it, etc.  The more the merrier.

Eligibility to Enter

Entrants must NOT be an employee of Unified Color or Matter Communications (or any of its or their affiliates, parent companies, or subsidiary companies), or one of the contest judges, or an immediate family member of such an employee or such a contest judge, or a person living in the same household of such an employee or such a contest judge;

By submitting an entry in this contest, each Entrant represents and warrants:

  • The image is original, and the contest participant owns the copyright or any other associated intellectual-property rights in the image.
  • The image does not infringe the copyright, rights of publicity or privacy, or any other intellectual-property or proprietary rights of any other person or entity.
  • Any persons depicted in the image who are recognizable or identifiable from their image are 18 years of age or over and have given their signed, written consent to have their image used in this contest (and released any rights of publicity or privacy).
  • Any building or architecture depicted in the image is located in or ordinarily visible from a public place, or, for any such building or architecture that is not located in or ordinarily visible from a public place, if the building or architecture is protected by copyright, Entrant must have the appropriate rights to submit the image and grant the rights provided in these contest rules and terms and conditions; and Entrants must be prepared to provide a signed release from the person or entity owning the copyright.
  • For any sculptures, statues, paintings, or other works of art that are depicted in the image, Entrant must have the appropriate rights to submit the image and grant the rights provided in these contest rules and terms and conditions; and Entrants must be prepared to provide a signed release from the person or entity owning the copyright in any such sculptures, statues, paintings, or other works of art.
  • The image has not previously won an award in any photography contest or other type of media or public recognition.
  • The image does not contain obscene, profane, offensive, lewd, pornographic, or otherwise inappropriate content.
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  4. Hi, Folks…

    To enter this contest, I’ll need a link to your finished image.

    You can enter your link by simply copying and pasting it, as in the following example. Also, please indicate the number of source frames, and whether you used HDR Expose, 32 Float, or both:

    http://www.robhansonphotography.com/Nature/Waterscapes/12055825_oUiUc#1077369442_rKkK4-L-LB

    “Taken from three exposures, -2EV, 0EV, +2EV, merged in HDR Expose, adjusted using 32 Float in Photoshop CSx”

    Or, using HTML, you can format the link with the A HREF command line, although it certainly isn’t necessary. If you can also include a link to your BEF file for download, that would be super, but not a requirement.

    Please test your links after posting to ensure that they work properly!

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly.

    Thanks, and good luck!
    Rob

  5. Here’s my entry. It’s 5 exposures (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2) merged in HDR Expose and adjusted using HDR Expose.

  6. Hi,

    My 1st entry is 3 exposures (-2, 0, +2) merged in HDR Expose and adjusted with the same

    Competition entry no1

  7. Hi,

    My 2nd entry, 3 exposures (-2, 0, +2) merged in HDR Expose and adjusted with the same

    Competition entry no2

  8. This was done in HDR Expose from 3 exposures -2 0 +2. I did some exposure adjustmens in CS4

    • Brad —

      Thanks for you entry. Lovely image it is.

      Unfortunately, I can consider this entry because of rule 5, above.

      Please resubmit the image that is derived entirely from HDR Expose or 32 Float, with no Photoshop adjustments. I assure you that you can do ‘exposure adjustments’ without using Photoshop. Let me know if you have any questions on that.

      I look forward to your re-submission of this fine image.

      Rob

  9. Medano Creek is processed from 3 exposures + – 2 merged in HDR Expose and then treated using 32 float and masking layers to achieve desired effect.

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  11. Hi,
    My 3rd entry is 3 exposures (-2, 0, +2) merged in HDR Expose and adjusted with the same

    Competition entry no3 The Ugly House (Ty Hyll), Betws-y-Coed

    About the photo
    Ty Hyll (Welsh for The Ugly House), Betws-y-Coed, North Wales.
    Local legend is that the house was built over night by two outlaw brothers. Under ancient law anyone who built a house overnight could claim a freehold as long as it had walls, a roof and smoking chimney.
    http://www.ffotograffiaeth.co.uk/the_ugly_house_north_wales.html

  12. Hi,
    My 4th entry is 3 exposures (-2, 0, +2) merged in HDR Expose and adjusted with the same

    Competition entry no 4 Boat Park, Llyn Brenig

    About this photo

    These boats have been taken from Llyn Brenig (Lake Brenig) in the background of the photo, they are available for hire in warmer conditions for fishing and I have never seen them out of the water before (that’s likely because when I visit this area it’s normally with my wife and children in the glorious sunshine of the summer months) I was down at the visitor centre on business and had taken my camera as I was determined to get something a bit different on my way down!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llyn_Brenig

  13. Hi,

    My 5th entry is 3 exposures (-2, 0, +2) merged in HDR Expose and adjusted with the same

    Competition entry no 5 Beautiful Waterfall in North Wales,

    This was taken today in “the golden hour” unfortunately it was very cloudy (dark clouds) and I should have used a higher iso!!

  14. Thought I’d better get some more entries in before the comp closes so here’s No2

    It’s 5 exposures (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2) merged to HDR in Photoshop and processed with 32 Float

  15. Entry No3. Taken in London last year on a bright sunny day. Once again 5 Exposures (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2) merged to HDR in Photoshop and then processed with 32 Float

  16. Here comes entry No4. This time it’s 3 exposures (-2, 0, +2), hand held, in the late afternoon. Merged to HDR in Photoshop and then processed with 32 Float

  17. OK! This is Number 5. Taken at Burnham-on Sea, Somerset. It’s five exposures (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2) merged to HDR in Photoshop and processed with 32 Float

    Five minutes after I took this, the sky went absolutely black, the rain came down in torrents and I was totally soaked as Burnham beach is very open and exposed with no shelter nearby

  18. Well I’m on a roll now so here’s No6. This time it’s 4 Exposures (-2, -1, 0, +1) merged to HDR in Photoshop and processed with 32 Float

    Just a quick note for interest. The place where I’m standing to take this gets covered twice a day by the tide

  19. Hi,
    My 6th entry is 3 exposures (-2, 0, +2) merged in HDR Expose and adjusted with the same

    Competition entry no 6 Llandudno Pier North Wales,

  20. Hi guys,
    Here I start, 1st entry :

    7 Exposures through 1 or 1-1/3 EV steps (1/8 – 1/1600). This one was tricky, as it was hand held and manual bracketed in M mode. Merged and adjusted in HDR Expose only:

    ex farm building

  21. My 2nd entry:

    Sunrise over Guzelyali, Turkey. 7 Exposures through 1-1/3 EV steps, on tripod + my trusty Promote Remote Control, cropped from the original vertical frame. Merged and adjusted in HDR Expose only

    Sunrise over Guzelyali, Canakkale, Turkey

  22. My 3rd entry:

    Devetaki cave, Bulgaria. Very hard shooting conditions- pitch dark holes + overly bright spots.
    It was shot in 7 Exposures through 1-1/3 EV steps (1/50 – 5sec) + I took an extra one “1/250” for the bright “eye” window. On tripod + Promote Remote Control. Merged and adjusted in HDR Expose only

    Devetaki cave, let there be light!

    p.s. what I liked about this photo is the unintended heart shape of the light spot on the ground from the sun beam

  23. My 4th entry:

    It’s from the same place as above- Devetaki cave, BG. After I started first processing this photo I noticed the “alien face” looking at me.
    It was shot in 7 Exposures through 1-1/3 EV steps (1/50 – 5sec) . On tripod + Promote Remote Control. Merged and adjusted in HDR Expose only

    The Alien, Devetaki cave

    p.s.btw, this cave is huge- around 60 meters in height (roughly 195 feet)

  24. My 5th entry:

    Shot high in the mountains in a place called Rai (Heaven). Early sunrise.
    Shot on tripod and 5 exposures through 1-1/3 EV steps (1/160 – 1/4) vie Promote Remote Control. Merged and adjusted in HDR Expose only

    heaven

  25. My 6th entry:

    A small shack used for log storage. A lot of cobwebs all around.
    7 exposures through 1-1/3 EV steps (1/500 – 1/2). Tripod and Promote Remote Control.
    Merged and adjusted in HDR Expose only

    Log house

  26. My last 7th entry:

    Abandoned tank, overcast.
    7 exposures through 1-1/3 EV steps (1/500 – 1/2). Tripod and Promote Remote Control.
    Merged and adjusted in HDR Expose only

    abandoned tank

    p.s. At last but not least, want to thank Mr. Hanson for this opportunity- I might get for now better results from other HDR software I am used to, but reworking these photos from scratch several times opened up HDR Expose and it’s capabilities to me. And I DID have fun! Thanks! Good luck to everyone! Tough competition!

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