View Full Version : To tonemap or not to tonemap
15th of October 2008 (Wed), 14:31
That is the question.
I've just processed a couple of images and I don't know which one I prefer.... opinions?
15th of October 2008 (Wed), 14:39
Tough call. I like the extra detail and textures in the tonemapped version, but it looks a little less real. A slight plastic kinda look. If I had to pick, I'd still say 2. It is the HDR forum :)
15th of October 2008 (Wed), 14:41
Definitely #2! I don't think it's over the top at all, most tone mapped images are way overprocessed looking but this one is perfect!
15th of October 2008 (Wed), 15:14
I like 2 as well.....
15th of October 2008 (Wed), 15:41
i like # 2 as well. I don't think it looks too surreal either. I like it.
15th of October 2008 (Wed), 16:10
Another vote for #2. Love the warmth that tone mapping gives it.
15th of October 2008 (Wed), 16:46
I really like #2, it's a lot more arty
15th of October 2008 (Wed), 17:49
I prefer #1.
15th of October 2008 (Wed), 18:08
Thanks guys. I often get in this position, there are some images where the tonemapping doesn't work as well as the original, and some where the tonemapping is definitely an improvement, providing it isn't overdone. I think I have a slight preference towards the bottom image, but it's close.
15th of October 2008 (Wed), 18:51
I like both but would like to see the middle ground. Try blending the to together. Copy #2 to a layer on top of #1 and play with the transparency slider.
16th of October 2008 (Thu), 09:55
I like 1 too..
16th of October 2008 (Thu), 14:28
Ya know, when I now see an image like #1, the first thing that enters my mind is, "Boy, that would look good as an HDR." There is no denying it, these kinds of images benefit from the treatment. While the subject matter in #1 is interesting, it's beautiful in #2. :)
16th of October 2008 (Thu), 22:04
#2 definetly, without a doubt..
17th of October 2008 (Fri), 17:27
#2 does it for me.
18th of October 2008 (Sat), 03:56
#2 for me...as the first post says...this is an HDR forum...we love HDR's.. :)
22nd of October 2008 (Wed), 09:16
#3 [i mean B&W from that tonemaped ;-) ]
Yes, #2 is my favorite.
22nd of October 2008 (Wed), 12:38
Another vote for number 2
red hot sheep
25th of October 2008 (Sat), 15:05
Definitely number 1 in my book.
26th of October 2008 (Sun), 15:26
I like both, if you had the time to play about it would be interesting to see a blend of images.
I would play about with 100% opacity on the stone work to bring out all of image two, and perhaps 50% to bring through the rest.
But again, both are good images IMO.
28th of October 2008 (Tue), 09:13
how about 1.5?
could you tone down the tone-mapping?
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