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waphoto 5:30am, 22 February 2008
www.flickr.com/photos/ageel/2274149152/
Is that not one of the most disgusting digital images ever created?
I just don't understand the obsession with hdr...if it is done subtly it can look good yes, and yes it can be a powerful tool to deal with highlights/shadows but stuff like this is taking it to a horrible level...
Failboat to the fullest...
How many of you guys do hdr often?
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aReasontoHope 10 years ago
That photo just has something about it that makes me cringe.
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waphoto 10 years ago
I really love the comments on it too...
"A perfect example of HDR at its finest. A+++++++++++"
"Wow. The sky grabs my attention and there's so much more to see once I'm in. I like it."
>_> The center of the sky is quite disgusting, call me bitchy but there are as many fads for photography as there are for clothes...and people love to jump on the bandwagon...
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maxcaven Posted 10 years ago. Edited by maxcaven (moderator) 10 years ago
I love doing hdr, and if you don't like them thats fine but a lot of people do thats where the audience is. It's just something fun to do, hdrs can make boring stuff interesting.

forgot to mention, I can see were people do get sick of them, they are kinda cheating and what not.
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JulesAmeel PRO 10 years ago
i went through a phase and quickly passed out of it. i think it's pretty cheesey lol but what the hell do i know
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waphoto 10 years ago
it reminds me of the blue IR selective color stuff that was popular a few years ago, haha
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Randall Cottrell Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Randall Cottrell (moderator) 10 years ago
i don't know...i don't see anything wrong w/ it. i like the hdr look and hdr always intrigues me, although i consider it to be more art that actual photography [even though photography is art...but you get my point]

in this pic however, interesting car choice in the camry
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waphoto 10 years ago
I believe he is from the middle east, Camry's are among the luxury cars over there... Yeah, he is from Saudi
I agree, it's more digital art than photography in my opinion...it could be that I don't own a digital camera too :D
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HBRstudios 10 years ago
Everything has a place in art and photography, but I do agree that HDR is vastly overused, but probably because people are still "playing" with it. I decided not to use it after seeing it's limitations, but keep it in my arsenal when the time comes to do something like:

this

or

this

or

this
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Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 10 years ago
Here are a couple I have done...

Frozen Shore

Split Rock Floating Ice

Everyone's vision is different and this is another tool to get the job done.
Is it cheating?
Is using a grad ND to hold the sky in a single exposure cheating?
Why is it when software is introduced, it is cheating, but when other methods/ glass filters are used it is fine?
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Karl W. 10 years ago
i think it's just that it looks more natural maybe. The first one is almost getting to borderline to much editing but it still looks natural. The bw one looks perfect to me.
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Hambone Lewinski 10 years ago
Most HDR shots I see look very gimmicky. I think that it suffers from the same problem as Lomo -- people behave as if it's good JUST BECAUSE it's HDR.

By the way, what exactly IS HDR? I always recognize HDR images, but I have no idea how they are produced.

Jason
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HDR is High Dynamic Range

You bracket your shots, say 5 shots at 1 stop apart.
So -2 ev -1ev 0ev +1ev +2 ev
(you have images from blown highlights to Black shadows)

Then you bring them into software such as Photomatix or Photoshop and the software takes all 5 images and merges them together to make one image with the most dynamic range possible.

What usually happens is people push the saturation and strength too far and the image becomes cartoony.
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I've seen some good HDR out there and some bad HDR. Cartoony is a good word to describe the bad. Stuckincustoms on Flickr is a popular Flickr photographer that does primarily HDR and IMO he takes the HDR way too far.

I don't see myself ever doing HDR because it just isn't my style, but I don't see anything wrong with it, nor do I think it is "cheating".
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waphoto 10 years ago
Good, glad to see some discussion!
wtf@ hbr, how did that dude shoot an hdr portrait, he must have just done a nontraditional one and combined several processes from a raw file or something, its insanely hard to get someone to stand perfectly still...
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HBRstudios Posted 10 years ago. Edited by HBRstudios (admin) 10 years ago
Yes, I think that it was done processing RAW files -- or maybe not even HDR, but looks like it so they tagged it as such.
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JustinSinks 10 years ago
I personally dont mind HDR photos, even if they are taken to far. I guess Im from the digital mindset. I dont think the point of some HDR is to make it look real, obviously. Taken for what it is, its neat. I have not done one, but I may one day.
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waphoto 10 years ago
originally it was to look real, it was just to get tough exposures down so everything was in exposure for instance a dark ground and bright sky, one would expose a shot for each and combine them and it would look as if it was totally normal....
anyways, off to the meeting
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