First "HDR" attempt - C&C appreciated

Started Jan 18, 2011 | Discussions thread
Charles2 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,925
Beautiful scene, nice shot of it, HDR makes it worse

Nice shot of a beautiful scene.

The HDR version is worse.

  1. The cliff colors are worse.

  2. The sky is overdone.

  3. Most important, the eye is left to wander aimlessly, while in the original contrast between foreground and cliffs sets up a dramatic polarity, immediately catching the eye and "framing" the viewer's experience.

At most you might want to brighten the wood in the foreground, although not as much as the HDR version. I did that in two minutes using the 3-zone (shadow, midtone, highlight) adjustment in Picture Window Pro.

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