05-12-2016 01:00 PM
Bob from Boston,
" it has "over-Photoshopped" written all over it."
If a little is good, so, a lot must be better. Unfortunately that sentiment is seemly prevalent when using the sliders in PS.
Not trying to say that is a bad thing depending on what the photographer wanted to convey. After all HDR is getting more and more popular.
Yeah, but the best HDR shots don't call attention to their dynamic range; you have to stop and think to understand what you're seeing. I remember a picture you once posted where you're inside a barn and looking out an open doorway into daylight. Both the indoor and outdoor parts of the scene are properly exposed. It all looks quite natural until you realize that there must have been about a 6-stop difference in brightness between indoors and outdoors.
05-12-2016 08:16 PM
Beautiful work, ebiggs1! We love the dramatic atmosphere of the first two, and you've captured the beauty of nature so well on the third. Keep up the great work!
05-12-2016 08:27 PM
I cna't give any exif data on the first two as they are multiple exposures. The Sugar Maples are as follows, 7D with ef 24-105mm f4L IS USM. Shot at 24mm, f9, 1/160 @ ISO 160. Evaluative and sRGB.
05-13-2016 04:07 AM
I think it's a bit sad when a thread on photographs becomes a discussion about HDR and whether it's a valid form of photography.
I remember when I switched from film to digital and the purists would argue that ANY interference from Photoshop destroyed the art. It's all a matter of degree.
If a particular individual's preference for highly stylised HDR offends you then that is your opinion and perhaps you are missing the point. Infra red, black and white, soft focus, even polarised are all techniques that alter the final image away from the original scene. HDR is the new kid on the block and could be argued is introducing a new art form distinct from old school photography.
Personally I love using Lightroom and Photoshop to produce an image of which I am proud. It isn't neccessarily just an exercise in faithfully reproducing the subject to the n'th degree.