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Posted By: AlexM, 03-24-2008, 05:43 PM

Since I got my K10D and now the K20D, I have begun to appreciate the value of the HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos. I've seen them where they have been overdone and a bit artsy, but done right, they can look completely natural and give additional oomph to an otherwise flat pic.

Here are some that I did on an outing to the Claremont Train Station in Claremont, CA. These are all 5 bracketed shots, with each of the 5 shots ranging from -4EV to +4EV in 2EV steps. These were all processed using Photomatix Pro by HDRSoft and/or Dynamic Photo HDR by Mediachance.

Hope you enjoy them!

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03-24-2008, 05:45 PM   #2
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Great shots. I really like the first one best! That awning looks 3-D like.
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Beautiful shots, but i think the HDR takes away from thier beauty. They really don't look natural, but more like really good video game graphics. I have yet to see an HDR that does not look artificial.
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BLOWN AWAY!!! Great work. I have yet to get anything close when trying HDR

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They all look awesome!!!

You really mastered the HDR
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Excellent HDR's. Nicely done.
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Sorry but I wouldn't call any of these completely natural looking. I think I actually like the overtop approach. Check out some of Ben Wilmore's stuff. ch
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Subtle and well executed. Well done.

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I Love Them

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I think you did a nice job here without being heavy handed on the technique. Good work.


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The Subtle Approach

It is obvious that HDRs are not going to please everyone but they do have their place in bringing out hidden detail in photos.... See these examples....

Normal Shot...

HDR of the same shot...

I believe that there are definitely uses for all types of HDR whether it be to bring out details or to be artsy....

In the example above, I think the HDR brings out more detail than the normal shot...

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You are right that HDR does not please everyone. I really don't think that the HDR processing in the last example brings out any more detail that I can't see in the original. The original has wamth, depth, lots of color, and detail (nice job!) It feels like you have taken me there to that beautiful place. For me the HDR processing of the second shot made it lose its depth and warmth. Something doesn't "feel" right. It is "harsh."

You really take such nice shots of interesting places, stop screwing them up with HDR!

I hope I am making it clear that I really like your photography, I just don't like what HDR has done to it, but that has nothing to do with you.
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Superb pics on the first series!
03-25-2008, 06:21 AM   #14
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A nice series ALex I think you have a fine balance between the original and HDR - I like them. Have you tried printing any ? I was always curious how a HDR would look printed (maybe too much range for some printers).
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I think you have done well here ... although in a couple of images I can see where the lighting is a little strange though (top corner of the sign in the 2nd picture ... and the face of the building in the 3rd picture).

But .. in say that ... I haven't tried this technique yet ... and I am willing to give it a real go at some time.

Your series though gives the images a real depth to them where just a single exposure would just be a normal fairly flat image.

Good work ... i am with Dave ... would be interesting to see one of these printed.

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