Central Park, New York - HDR - C&C

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It was a cold, foggy day in New York...my goal was to show the contrast between the peaceful park and the hustle and bustle of the city.

I use a method that I really like for HDR.

I only take one photo, however once in light room I make 3 copies of it. One -2 on the exposure, one normal, and one at +2 exposure.

Then I export those 3 files in to photomatix.

That way I don't have to worry about ghosting, alignment, ect.

Wondering your thoughts on the processing or anything else.

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To be honest, it's not doing much for me. I like the scene well enough, but the processing just seems... unnatural.
 
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Fair enough. Can you put your finger on what feels unnatural?

The more I look at it, I think maybe the color of the sky is off.

Also, I am losing image quality somewhere along the process, the original looks a lot better on my screen.
 
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Would you prefer one later in the day, towards night?

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I think it's just that the lighting doesn't seem 'right'; my photographers' brain knows that scene couldn't exist that way in that lighting...
 

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I agree with @tirediron... 1, 2, and 4 have lighting that looks pretty unnatural, the sky doesn't appear to be correct, and the colors are too saturated. The white balance also seems off on several of them.
 

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My thought was it's a lot of blue. The buildings are blue, the bridge is blue. HDR to me often seems to look overprocessed and artificial, maybe more adjustment would tone down the color.
 

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In number one my eye goes directly to that red and green thing on the top of that building (left-center). I can't seem to force myself to look at anything else. I think if that was toned down some it would be a more pleasing composition.
 

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Your opening shot has the saturation way too high, and no shade, so it looks unnatural.
 

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Perhaps you can post the first image before copying it to +2/-2EV? Let's take a look at what the original looks like.
 

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TiredIron, he said he would keep posting until you were happy...so keep quiet...) I like NY scenes ;)
Ok, I agree, the blue color is too much.
I really like the angles of 2 and 4! Can you re- work them more naturally?
I am newer here, so can't tell you how to adjust, but I like the views...
 

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It appears as though the sun has shifted into the blue spectrum. There is very little red in these. The church is the only one that has normal color.
 

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