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To HDR - or not HDR?

 
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Oct 09, 2011 12:18 |  #1

Always been a fan of HDR, mainly used the LR/Enfuse plugin for Lightroom. Discovered Photomatrix pro the other day and been experimenting with the over the top HDR effect.

See the images, below, its obvious which one is the ott HDR... critique wanted. More examples on my flickr.

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Oct 09, 2011 12:48 |  #2

I say YES


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Oct 09, 2011 13:31 |  #3

I would vote not. The original could use some ACR recovery though.




  
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Oct 09, 2011 15:02 |  #4

To be blunt, I find that these two photos demonstrate why HDR is rarely a good choice.

I find #1 visually disgusting while #2 is a great shot!




  
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Oct 09, 2011 17:32 |  #5

Nooooooooooooooo, I concur fully with photocupcake.

HDR is good for shots that have a wide dynamic range, that you want to recover details .etc in dark areas and keeping bright areas from being blown out.

In this case, the HDR destroys the beautiful shadows that are in the original shot.


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Oct 09, 2011 18:56 |  #6

PhotoCupcake wrote in post #13225688 (external link)
To be blunt, I find that these two photos demonstrate why HDR is rarely a good choice.

I find #1 visually disgusting while #2 is a great shot!

HDR is an excellent choice if you know how to use it and can coax enough detail out without overdoing things. That didn't happen here.

Though I also don't think #2 is very good either.


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Oct 09, 2011 19:29 |  #7

No HDR is better here.


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Oct 09, 2011 20:51 |  #8

No HDR, I think the shadow adds beauty to this picture.
HDR makes the picture looks busy.


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Oct 09, 2011 22:58 |  #9

#1 doesn't look real. Too cartoonie.


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Oct 09, 2011 23:05 |  #10

I would say Nay


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Oct 10, 2011 11:52 |  #11

I hate HDR. A big No for me. I like the second one.


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Dec 06, 2011 12:34 |  #12

I like HDR but #2 is much better!


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Dec 06, 2011 14:40 |  #13

The concept of HDR is good - most executions are way over the top. If you want to extend the dynamic range I would think bracketed shots and Enfuse or even HDR Pro can do that quite well.

But then, I'm an old realist.


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Dec 06, 2011 15:02 |  #14

#2 is great.. the first one looks over done




  
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Dec 06, 2011 16:06 |  #15

That's an easy one for me. No HDR.


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