When a PP style becomes old...

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Marla2008
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When a PP style becomes old...
Apr 27, 2012

Though some of them are really neat, I'm getting fed with all the HDR (real or emulated) shots flooding all boards.

Really not dissing anyone, I have the temptation myself, but really Ive seen so many lately I've just reached saturation point.

Remember when all wedding photogs did those atrocious part color shots (all B&W save for a small colorful touch). God those were cheesy...

Think HDR will look give us the same impression soon, a fun tool that's been overused..

Marla.

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Full agreement to your post. Just because we can, does not mean we should.

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Why it took so long...?
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If it's obvious that it's been used, I don't like it. Have you seen this? http://ihateyourhdr.tumblr.com/

I think HDR can be done well, though. When it's done well I think it's difficult to tell that it was used at all.

Marla2008 wrote:

Though some of them are really neat, I'm getting fed with all the HDR (real or emulated) shots flooding all boards.

Really not dissing anyone, I have the temptation myself, but really Ive seen so many lately I've just reached saturation point.

Remember when all wedding photogs did those atrocious part color shots (all B&W save for a small colorful touch). God those were cheesy...

Think HDR will look give us the same impression soon, a fun tool that's been overused..

Marla.

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Marla2008 wrote:

Though some of them are really neat, I'm getting fed with all the HDR (real or emulated) shots flooding all boards.

Really not dissing anyone, I have the temptation myself, but really Ive seen so many lately I've just reached saturation point.

Remember when all wedding photogs did those atrocious part color shots (all B&W save for a small colorful touch). God those were cheesy...

Think HDR will look give us the same impression soon, a fun tool that's been overused..

Marla.

I hate those, and also over processed, over saturated landscapes. Not to mention faked short DOF by PP. And the "miniature" effect.

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I'd rather see a nicely done HDR shot than a dull picture of someone's cat, we all have different tastes so there's something for everyone.
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papillon_65 wrote:

I'd rather see a nicely done HDR shot than a dull picture of someone's cat, we all have different tastes so there's something for everyone.
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So would I ! But I'd rather see a nice not HDR shot than anything HDR related, except if it it's exceptionally well done. I have nothing against it to start with, I've just seen too much of it, often very too heavy handed too...

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Forget HDR and B&W. Diorama is now the bees knees.

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I'm not ready to condemn the whole style, just because most people don't have the tools/knowledge to do art with it.

However, I seem to remember someone on here mention the style sells well to tourists!

Maybe we're just seeing people trying to product 'professional' work (i.e. work that sells :))

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It, like any tool, can be used properly, improperly, or purposely for an effect. It's the Tone Mapping aspect that is most commonly the effect that screams "HDR" in a questionable way.

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clengman wrote:

I think HDR can be done well, though. When it's done well I think it's difficult to tell that it was used at all.

By definition, IMHO, if I can tell it was used, it's bad. BTW as a former view camera user, I feel the same way about how tilt lenses eg lensbaby are mostly used today.

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It's not just overused PP that becomes tiring.

I'm tired of seeing images of underprivileged/poor/overweight/homeless/irritated souls in Black and White under the heading "Street Photography".

I call it voyeurism of the worst kind and revealing an opportunistic photographer hoping to hide behind euphemisms alluding to Social Commentary.

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tinpusher wrote:

It's not just overused PP that becomes tiring.

I'm tired of seeing images of underprivileged/poor/overweight/homeless/irritated souls in Black and White under the heading "Street Photography".

I call it voyeurism of the worst kind and revealing an opportunistic photographer hoping to hide behind euphemisms alluding to Social Commentary.

Ouch, have you got your fire retarding suit on ?

I tend to agree with you though. As a whole, I'm not fond of street photography that often sounds much more like a self serving therapy process for photogs, than truly intended for the viewers pleasure...
As always there are exceptions, though.

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Let's see how many big nets we can cast.

Fed up, Hate, Tired, etc.

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AoxoA wrote:

Let's see how many big nets we can cast.

Fed up, Hate, Tired, etc.

It's the daily theme as of late. Post any opinion - then be prepared to take cover.

BTW, I hate Flat View participation in topics, since we're venting [grin-duck]

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It does seem like a lot of 'street' photography is the back of peoples heads, or furtive snaps of people walking in the opposite direction, e.g. while crossing a road. I'd rather see a photo of a cat.

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Marla2008 wrote:

Though some of them are really neat, I'm getting fed with all the HDR (real or emulated) shots flooding all boards.

Really not dissing anyone, I have the temptation myself, but really Ive seen so many lately I've just reached saturation point.

It happens every time. You are right on the money. Especially once the technique gets out there and people who aren't very good at try to make a weak photo better with tricks.

Remember when all wedding photogs did those atrocious part color shots (all B&W save for a small colorful touch). God those were cheesy...

Guilty. I only made a few of them, and once it caught on, I stopped.

I worry that Shallow DOF is going to become the new excuse for people falling in love with their own work.

Technique based on hardware capabilities is always something that needs to be used with caution, and is never the foundation of an image.

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Did you post these to prove Marla's point? They do it well.

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tinpusher wrote:

It's not just overused PP that becomes tiring.

I'm tired of seeing images of underprivileged/poor/overweight/homeless/irritated souls in Black and White under the heading "Street Photography".

I call it voyeurism of the worst kind and revealing an opportunistic photographer hoping to hide behind euphemisms alluding to Social Commentary.

Amen Brother.

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Please, please, more cats. Thank you.

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