I've been playing with a lot of hyperreality processing of images lately, mostly using the "Orton Effect" (emulating the style of processing originally developed by Michael Orton)... for those unfamiliar with what it is, here's the wiki: The Orton Effect. Many, MANY of you all have embraced HDR with a passion, and are producing some AMAZING pictures using the technique. As I have begun posting my pictures, I am getting comments about how people don't care for the effect I am using, but they think my process is well done. Many is the time when I have seen very dark and brooding HDR's that blow me away with their quality that I personally don't really like. I have a friend that shoots does some HDR and he says that he gets both the most positive and the most negative comments about his HDR work compared to the (outstanding) stuff he produces which isn't HDR. I am curious about my fellow forum mates thoughts on hyperreality photography. Me, I am working on taking the Orton effect as a starting point, and then trying to develop that into my own style of photography and processing. When I was a kid, I lived in Japan, and Japan in the 1960's was VIVID. One of the biggest events of my young life was when we went to the World's Fair of 1970 in Osaka. It was like a riot of color backdropped against a crystal blue sky, and my dad (who was a pretty good shooter himself) captured it all in glorious Kodachrome. The blues and reds and yellows and greens burned themselves into my eyes, and they are still there today. I don't expect, or even particularly care, if people like what I am doing... I mean, it's nice if I make somebody smile but in reality what I am doing is essentially a personal process and a personal journey. If somebody makes a suggestion that is helpful, well that's great... if not, that's OK too. Does anybody else have a "philosophy" of their hyperreality processing? Do you have destination, a goal? Just curious.