Tasteful HDR? You be the judge!

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  1. robertwsimpson

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    I really like the first two, last one doesn't do much for me.

    Second one is my favorite, really brought life to the old shack.
     
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    What do you not like about the third one?























    (it's not an HDR conversion... I just put tons of compression on the shadows to make sure everyone was paying attention lol)
     
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    Sorry, I guess that would help :)

    There's just nothing that captures my attention and I find my eyes wandering aimlessly at the photo, rather flat.

    The others have a lot of depth and really draw me in.
     
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    cool thanks! I'll remember that when I do this in the future.
     
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    Nice work! I like how the colours are rich but not over the top. The 2nd shot is really great.
     
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    Thanks!

    It's hard to find a balance between oversaturation and the grayness that sliding the gamma up a bit causes. it's fun to try and figure this HDR stuff out though.
     
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    I'm not usually a big fan of HDR, mainly because it's usually overdone and/or done to a picture that it shouldn't be. That said, I think these were pretty well done, and I agree with everything PhotoX said.
     
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    Thanks! I actually went a little overboard on the first 2 compared to what I usually do just to see how far I could push it. Nice to know that I still have some leeway.


    I think the main problem with HDR is that people think of it as an "effect" rather than a tool. I only use it to display more of a dynamic range, and not to look like a drawing or painting.
     
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    I think you nailed the HDRs that you did. I agree in that many people (and its fine to do, just not my style) like to over process HDRs. I like to consider HDR are a tool to be used when the moment is proper to ensure a nicely captured image or scene.

    So for the processing, really nice job.

    Overall, #2 stands out as the better image IMO. I like the contrast in colours between the red of the building and the blue of the sky. Its also really clear. The camera angle also helps give the image a nice 3D look, or least some sort of depth.

    In contrast, what I like about #2 is totally lacking in #3. The colours all kind of blend together making the shot bland. Its a straight on shot, with next to no depth or interest. All you are missing is perfectly centering the image. :)
     
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    :thumbup: My feelings exactly.
     
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    The images them selves are not doing much for me but the processing looks great IMHO
     

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