Guys lets not forget the reasons why we take photographs - to capture a moment in time to reflect upon down the track.
If HDR tickles your inner ear then knock yourself out...I use it and more often than not the non-photographer is the one pushing for really weird end results...this to me altering what the eye can truly see...some recent efforts in-house led to some show cars looking almost cartoon-y like yet strangely appealing.
Like any art form there are detractors and absolute raging fans.
Live with it as a developing medium and comment on the true beauty of the photo - composition, lighting and storyline!
Carnivore99: The Instagram developers are completely Apple-centric and have been in no rush to develop for Android or any other platform despite their hollow promises to the contrary. The absence of a native iPad app by now also indicates a disappointing level of overall complacency on their part, in my opinion. I guess when you're the King you don't have to try very hard, but it's unfortunate to see them rest on their laurels so early.
Don't get me wrong, I do like the app and the IG community that has grown around it. But I think it would serve Burbn right for someone else to come along and come along and do a competing app better at this point, leaving Instagram to wonder how they became the MySpace of the photo-sharing app world.
I hear you Carnivore99 - I have travelled with the IG wagon since its departure and am chuffed at the development and community growth - however the comms back from Burbn (0) leave something to be desired.
The updates come and go but seriously nothing mind-blowing ever makes it...instead of furnishing newer / lamer filters they could do a survey of users and really tackle the important UI stuff.
Makes you wonder if its a matter of funding? iPad apps can be developed in no time so what the hell is going on down at their offices?