Effigy In HDR

Effigy In HDR

f/3.5, 1/1000, ISO-200, 18mm

I’m undecided yet on whether I like HDR or not, but I keep toying with it. I have seen some really striking things done by the experts. This particular photograph looks striking, but there’s an air of unreality about it too. I’m pretty sure I overdid just about everything here, especially the sharpness and the exposure gradients in the sky and the river.

It was a tough shot to do in post-processing because if I brought out the texture in the river, then I lost the color in the trees.

I never know what to put for an exposure on these things, since by definition it is several (4 in this case) exposures.

As I said, I’m not sure I’m sold on HDR yet. When I like it, it’s because it accentuates reality, rather than diminishes it. It’s easy to create something that looks CGI with high dynamic range processing, and I don’t really see the point in achieving that sort of result. This picture doesn’t exactly look CGI, but I think that someone might use this as a good example to a class of students of how not to do HDR.

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One Comment

  1. Mike October 17, 2011 at 6:21 am #

    It isn’t a bad shot, I have seen far worse with HDR. For that one, with the bright sky, I might have tried two or three shots starting with slightly underexposed and going more underexposed from there. I use HDR for some shots, and over time I find that “less is more” definitely applies. A touch of HDR can make a marginal shot good, too much HDR makes a mess.

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