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Whats your take on HDR here are a couple of mine

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I like HDR shots, but once they start having that 'glow', it is too much. Both of your shots have that glow. I use HDR when i have problems exposing the entire scene, so HDR will help me balance the shadows and the highlights. BUT if you like the shot and it is your style, then keep it up. My opinion is just another opinion of an anonymous person on the internet.

For reference about what I'm talking about, here is my HDR shot.
[IMG]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2449/393 ... 24bd_o.jpg[/IMG]
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I also do not enjoy the "glow" style HDR images.

They remind too much of those black velvet paintings that were all the rage back in the late 70's, sold out of station wagons in swap meets and strip mall parking lots. One day archeologists will be digging thru our ruins and will conclude our culture worshiped many gods, among them.... the Black Velvet Elvis.

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Yeah to be honest to the OP I am not too much of a fan of those photos. They go beyond looking like photos to me - I actually think they lack detail and they probably look more like paintings.

I prefer hdr's like this:

[IMG]http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk28 ... 3de5_b.jpg[/IMG] done by a friend of mine. Probably not one of his best hdrs, but all I could fine
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Going with the crowd here - the glow looks terrible. A good scene done with a more realistic HDR process can look fantastic. As soon as you throw in the glow (ie.- wrong light smoothing in Photomatix), it looks cheesy. I prefer to balance exposure with it, although the hyper-real effect is still cool, but moreso without glowing

[IMG]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3324/351 ... 5144_b.jpg[/IMG]

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I've only experimented a few times with HDR, it's fun.

My backyard
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Campfire at a friend's trailer
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My cat Odie, he naps in front of my computer. His ear twitched but I like that in the shot :)
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OPG Windmill at the Pickering Nuclear Power Station, taken from Frenchman's Bay - taken at 8am on a clear sunny morning
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Yep, don't like the super fake stuff either, but some who aren't aware of this technique absolutely love it (i.e. non-photographers). I do most of my HDRs handheld, which doesn't really get the best results. Here is more my style of HDR:

[IMG]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3502/401 ... 7044_b.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3504/392 ... c057_b.jpg[/IMG]

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Few HDRs are done well. As soon as the halo shows up, it looks fake, trashy, post-modern neo retro 70s painting. :lol:
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Kasakato wrote:
Oct 16th, 2009 11:06 pm
Few HDRs are done well. As soon as the halo shows up, it looks fake, trashy, post-modern neo retro 70s painting. :lol:
+1

like most people in this thread, i prefer the "natural" looking HDRs... none of that "artistic" glow crap
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ShadowVlican wrote:
Oct 16th, 2009 11:19 pm
+1

like most people in this thread, i prefer the "natural" looking HDRs... none of that "artistic" glow crap
+2. Here is some of my HDR shots:

(Slight haloing on this shot, from my earlier days, lol):

[IMG]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3066/307 ... 2dbdf7.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2365/285 ... 1ea200.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2092/285 ... 270445.jpg[/IMG]

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Astin wrote:
Oct 15th, 2009 9:53 am
Going with the crowd here - the glow looks terrible. A good scene done with a more realistic HDR process can look fantastic. As soon as you throw in the glow (ie.- wrong light smoothing in Photomatix), it looks cheesy. I prefer to balance exposure with it, although the hyper-real effect is still cool, but moreso without glowing

[IMG]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3324/351 ... 5144_b.jpg[/IMG]
Props to your "St. Alcan" shot - go SMC! ;)
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i never did anything from HDR yet, but i have a few questions:

1: is 3 pictures in different exposure require? or i can do that in 1 pic?

2: if 3 is require, how do i determine what exposure to use? any reference? should i just use Tv mode?

3: I understand HDR is a add on progrm to the photoshop, does it work in photoshop portable version too? (that i can install on a usb sticks)

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