Perhaps it was overprocessed, but the HDR effect in it was minimal. Here is a single exposure of the room with no HDR effects (or tone mapping). As you can see the main difference is the dearth of exterior details, which were brought back a bit with a second exposure in the first image. The fire looks a bit better in this one, but very similar. The shadows are also slightly darker, but I could have brought those up to match the first. I'm not necessarily disagreeing that the image was overprocessed, just showing that it doesn't seem (to me) to really be an effect of the HDR used to bring back some outside details. If you disagree, please help me to see what I'm missing. I'm still very new and learn a lot from everyone's comments.
forum: Architecture, Real-Estate & Buildings
Part of what triggers the negative "HDR Look" reaction, is that this photo is way over sharpened. Normal photos are not that sharp/crispy/grainy. A comparison to the original photo without any sharpening/clarity would be very revealing. I also thought that sharper photos would be better, but quickly learned that none of my real estate agent clients liked them.