Can Someone Point Me to Good HDR Photography?

Started Jul 7, 2013 | Discussions thread
mothman13 Contributing Member • Posts: 925
Some from Arches National Park

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 also (usually) don't like the over-cooked neon glow or "grunge" versions I see a lot, but to each their own.

Here are a few I took out in Arches National Park (Moab, UT) this past April.

Balanced Rock

My brother Jeff on the trail.

Like the close/far items here

And how about one where I took a series of 3-shot bracketed sections and stitched them together for an HDR-panorama? (warning: 16,535 x 5679 pixels, 19.3 MB)

Bracketed and stitched (small, 1920 x 659 pixels version)

Full, 19.3 MB file here

First time with the D7100, first time at the National Park, first time shooting HDR bracketed and first time using Photomatix Pro.

I think some of them came out pretty well, but in truth I concentrated WAY too much on bracketing and/or shooting for panorama stitching instead of simply framing a single shot for maximum effect.

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