first attempt at HDR!

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  1. Gsurf1029

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    and it was at night. i took this at the holocaust memorial last night. i know it probably isnt the best HDR image, but what do you think? :)


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    Lights are too light (flared lamps) and darks are too dark (shadows). There are a lot of HDR halos throughout. I don't know if you chose a good scene or it is just processed poorly.

    Are you using photomatrix?
     
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    That looks cool, did you use a tripod? all three photos lined up well. Did you use Photomatix or photoshop?
     
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    i used photomatix. any tips would be amazing. i want to get it to that still realistic, but very vivid state, and not overly/poorly done like mine but idk how to. anyone know anything that could help me out?
     
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    It looks far too fake, unless that is the effect you are seeking, try toning it down.
     
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    How many exposures did you use? Can you post your original photos?
     
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    That's crazy, it almost looks like a cartoon.
     
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    Agreed, it looks like a painting.

    I think it's a good example of overdone HDR... But I think that these types of photos DO have a place. Cartoony looks, to me, are cool even if some don't like them.

    I see HDR as a way to take a picture with high contrast and lots of shadows/bright areas, and end up with an image in which you can easily view the shadows/bright areas. That lighthouse photo is an excellent example of it.
     
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    anyone know a good way to tone it down even. i was having a hard time with it in photomatix. ill post the originals and maybe someone can help out.
     
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    its hard for me to get a smooth edit. here are the originals
    sorry for size

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    The HDR looks too cartoony and overdone. I don't think the effect suits a memorial. I like the looks of original #1. The sky looks kinda haunted and cool. If you had spiced up the composition on that photo and kept the exposure as is , I think it would have been a cool photo, without HDR or anything.

    I'm personally not a fan of photoshopped images and HDRs much. An unusual but realistic looking picture is far more impressive to me.
     
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    maybe this image is a little better

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