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09/05/2010 08:06:18 PM · #1
Just tried HDR toning in CS5 for the first time. Whatcha think. I think it came out well for a single .jpeg format image.

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09/06/2010 08:24:21 AM · #2
Un-natural is all I can think of. Seeing that inner white wall on that left tire just isn't normal. It shouldn't be so white and well exposed. The rest looks like, well, like all overdone HDR. That's just my take on it.
09/06/2010 06:50:43 PM · #3
Great looking result. Pay no attention to HDR haters. Some of them still want to use film!
09/06/2010 06:59:36 PM · #4
It's not really an HDR hating issue, but more of a moderation issue. Any tool can be taken too far and using the HDR tool to make a cartoon rather than balance the exposure between highlights and shadows is a case where some will think the tool was taken too far.
09/06/2010 07:26:00 PM · #5
Thats the problem with HDR - too many people now think HDR is the over processed `tonemapped` images we see a lot all over the internet. Good use of HDR is subtle and in most cases can be barely perceptible to the average viewer.
09/06/2010 07:31:04 PM · #6
Originally posted by Jac:

Un-natural is all I can think of. Seeing that inner white wall on that left tire just isn't normal. It shouldn't be so white and well exposed. The rest looks like, well, like all overdone HDR. That's just my take on it.


He has a point. It's EXACTLY that inner whitewall that ruins the overall effect :-( One can't just take the HDR "as given" by the machine; one has to massage it to make it believable, or at least to foster a willing suspension of disbelief.

That said, none of the above has anything to do with the issue uf whether CS5 handles HDRI well, and based on this image I'm fairly impressed, in the sense that *for a heavy-handed HDR* there's relatively little visible artifacting...

R.
09/06/2010 07:58:08 PM · #7
Originally posted by dfstevenson:

Great looking result. Pay no attention to HDR haters. Some of them still want to use film!


You sir, are so wrong. I love HDR and use it in my indoor photography all the time, but no one notices it. They just say that my images are well exposed and that my camera must be so good....

I like almost all of Bear's HDR. He's as subtle as it gets.
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