HDR vs. Standard

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  1. Lackoffunding

    Lackoffunding TPF Noob!

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    So I did this shot both ways, and am wondering which is the preferred. To me, the HDR seems a bit cartoony...? The standard version probably isnt edited as well as it should be though.

    thanks

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  2. abraxas

    abraxas No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Maybe back off the luminosity and saturation a bit in photomatix?
     
  3. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Funny to see that also you chose a light-rays-through-the-clouds photo to try Photomatix-HDR on it ... because I did the same.
    Only have I never put my "normal", i.e. edited in PS, version plus the total amateur HDR (I can't do any better than that!) out here for discussion, though I always thought I might... but I won't. I don't like my HDR version, simple as that.

    Which is NOT to say I don't like yours ... :scratch: ... only I think it suffers from the same mine did suffer from: too much saturation. Maybe some more editing work on the "normal" photo could do the trick in the end? I don't know...? I am having a hard time with the tone mapping myself, too. Never know what is good and what is over the top...
     
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    I do like the extra saturated feel, but I agree that backing off the saturation may help it look more natural.
     
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    I think #2 is a little flat the HDR image is well done but I think the clouds are a little dark.
     
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    HDR minus watermarks
     
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    i like the watermarks, they add an element of symmetry to the image....



    (i like HDR better)
     
  8. julius

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    Perhaps a combination of both could work

    Try messing with some of the settings in the tone mapping part of photomatix to get a more realistic feel. There's no reason you can't extend the dynamic range without going over the top
     
  9. abraxas

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    You have ote so I figured I'd see what I could get out of the standard;

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    I started out trying to keep track, but after awhile...
     
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    xfloggingkylex TPF Noob!

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    that looks much more saturated than the original, and the detail in the clouds just isn't the same.
     
  11. gizmo2071

    gizmo2071 TPF Noob!

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    I prefer the original.
    Just burn more detail in the clouds and maybe a bit more contrast overall.
    Of course it's personal tase :)
    I like some HDR's, but I just don't think it needs to be used here when you already have so much detail to work with in the original.
     
  12. abraxas

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    I just tried bringing out the saturation in the original/standard- thought it was too much in the hdr. Didn't realize it was two different shots until I posted the edit.

    Anyhow, Lackoffunding, I'm going to flip-flop and agree with Gizmo. There's still a lot that can be brought out of the standard shot.
     

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