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Jan 27, 2012 12:25 |  #1

Hi,

HDR can be easily divided into the two categories of arty looking photos and photos that look very natural. As I am seeing couple of threads floating around here I wanted to dedicate this one to all photos that have been composed and arranged to retain the natural look. I start off with some examples:

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I guess there are some people who are more into the natural HDR look (as janok for example). So please feel free to contribute to this thread!

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Jan 27, 2012 14:16 |  #2

Nice pictures there - here comes one suggestion from me:

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Jan 27, 2012 15:15 |  #3

very nice! keep them coming!


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Jan 27, 2012 15:20 |  #4

That's a nice example Janok! I like images like that using HDR. What did you do in post?


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Jan 27, 2012 15:23 |  #5

janok wrote in post #13779284external link
Nice pictures there - here comes one suggestion from me:

This one looks like an HDR - doesn't look natural to me.


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Jan 27, 2012 15:59 |  #6

The upper part of the picture is a blend of two of the five originals shots, the lower part – by the lake is tonemapped and treated with some Topaz-filters.


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Jan 27, 2012 21:49 |  #7

Nice idea. I much prefer the natural look, and attempt to do the same myself. Please keep image size to 1024 per forum rules though. I hate side scrolling. :)


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Jan 28, 2012 03:48 |  #8

Great photos everyone :). My contribution to the thread:

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Jan 28, 2012 08:49 |  #9

ThreeD23 wrote in post #13778764external link
Hi,
HDR can be easily divided into the two categories.

No, - HDR is a category all of it's own. Most advocates go past this point into 'Tone Mapping',= and completely 'stuff up' their image.




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Jan 28, 2012 10:16 |  #10

thomatis wrote in post #13782835external link
No, - HDR is a category all of it's own. Most advocates go past this point into 'Tone Mapping',= and completely 'stuff up' their image.

To be nit-picky, most of the "HDR" we see in this forum (but thankfully, not this thread) is not HDR at all, and simply tone-mapping of single, LOW DR images. But that's another discussion.

Love the image above. Perhaps just the tiniest bit bright for my eyes...or perhaps it's my cheapy laptop that is not properly calibrated.


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Jan 28, 2012 10:24 as a reply to Old Baldy's post |  #11

Awesome idea for a thread. Subscribed!

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Jan 28, 2012 10:31 |  #12

There's always an argument for overbaked HDR especially if you can make it look eerie like this.

http://photography-on-the.net ...p=13719861&postcoun​t=3853

Also, the title of this post "Natural Looking HDR" needs to be defined. HDR is a technique all it's own and has some usefulness if you don't want the old droll looking photos and want to spice them up a bit with just a few mouse clicks in an HDR program.

To me Natural HDR is any HDR. Just my $.02.


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Jan 28, 2012 10:32 |  #13

I like this thread as well. Here comes some more from my archive. This picture was taken from my hotel-room in Svolvær (North in Norway). It was 1:00 am and the midnight sun was just at the horizon.

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Jan 28, 2012 10:33 |  #14

Subscribed...nice thread!

Would you guys like to share some processing information?


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Jan 28, 2012 10:36 |  #15

chumlee wrote in post #13783268external link
Subscribed...nice thread!

Would you guys like to share some processing information?

I'm using a new program called Machinery HDR. The photo in my link above I added some fog by hand in Photoshop to add to the eeriness of the photo.


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