I am not as much in to surreal HDR as I am in using exposure blending for exterior twilight building photography. I have been experimenting with taking a series of different exposures outside say a business in the evening blue hour. And I have noticed that there is this wonderful time when a slight under exposure gets a great dark blue sky and a normal exposure gets a nice warm interior exposure. But, if I take an over exposure at that same time to get the exterior wall exposure what I want, then the exterior lights and business name signage bloom with a light glow cloud that I can not then later remove in post. And I have tried different methods and exposures to solve this.
I think I have the solution. And I don't like it. And I want to run it by you (plural group non gender specific).
I think that I need an exposure for the exterior walls and lights and signage earlier in the evening, then an exposure for the interior lighting glow later in the evening, and then either an underexposure for the sky or an even later exposure for the sky.
Which means that I can not just bop down the street with my tripod taking bracketed twilight photographs of multiple businesses in one evening.
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I think I need to take exposures over a longer time period from the same place instead of multiple under and over exposures at the same time, and then I think I need to blend in Photoshop instead of merge in Photomatix Pro. Do you agree? Do you have any other advice? I think I am almost there with the methodology and I just need to practice practice practice, but I wanted to get some conformation / advice / encouragement.