Can Someone Point Me to Good HDR Photography?

Started Jul 7, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Can Someone Point Me to Good HDR Photography?
In reply to REShultz, Jul 8, 2013

REShultz wrote:

Sites like 500px (front page, take a look!) are full of HDR photography. It nearly always looks cooked and in some cases ruins perfectly good pictures.

I've not seen it yet but I do read occasionally on forums that it can be "done right" or tastefully. It'd difficult to believe that a skillfully exposed image with a good camera can be improved upon with this technique, but I'd like to see some attempts.

I'll humbly offer 2 samples of my HDR work.

These were done by bracketing on site (tripod, MLU and cable release) and then merging at home with Photoshop CS4 or 5, using its HDR Pro filter multiple times with different parameters and then merging the multiple versions manually.

I tried to get a natural look. It took me a while but I have grown to dislike haloes deeply unless deliberately added for effect.

To answer your question, you can get near to the dynamic range of an HDR image with a properly exposed single frame taken with a modern camera... but sometimes the scene's dynamic range is simply too much.

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