Good day all.
This question is based more on ones personal preference rather then 'hard science' but I was wondering what you all think.
When you are viewing or creating an image in HDR, do you tend to like more realism in the image or more of the heavily processed artistic look that can be created?
I, myself, tend to stay closer to the realistic side of the processing end of the spectrum. My idea of what an HDR image is: is the ability to represent, in one image, the wide contrast and color range there is viewable with the naked eye while maintaining a look that is neither fake or unrealistic.
The example I will use of the unrealistic aspect or HDR is when shooting a set with trees in it. After processing, the images branches against the sky look pillowed due to the bright and dark edges. This is what you see when you use very little to no light smoothing during the HDR process. That, to my eye is unrealistic - there are no 'pillows' or very obvious halos when I look at a tree against the sky. Our eyes/brain compensate for it so we can see both the clouds in the sky as well as the bark on the tree.
As I said, I'm just looking for what people think of as the 'correct exposure' in their minds.
PS: Feel free to post examples of what you think of as not enough, just right and too much.