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Old 19-10-2009, 22:13   #1 (permalink)
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Just browsing through, the news website today, came across this article, interesting to read the comments on HDR, but all in all some cracking shots

BBC - Viewfinder: Landscape award
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Old 19-10-2009, 22:31   #2 (permalink)
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Just browsing through, the news website today, came across this article, interesting to read the comments on HDR, but all in all some cracking shots

BBC - Viewfinder: Landscape award
Some amazing shots. The winner of Landscape Photograph is particularly fascinating for me, having spent several hours wandering about to shoot a similar scene. The result way outshines my efforts.

Here is my thread on this http://www.pixalo.com/community/gene...tml#post285047

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Some interesting comments about the winning picture.
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Old 20-10-2009, 08:37   #4 (permalink)
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/RANT ON

I find the HDR comments rather annoying. Not because of perceived poor images but because of the ignorance of the posters themselves.

Firstly, it's poor tone-mapping that gets people complaining - not HDR. Tone-mapping is one part of the HDR process, not the be all and end all.

HDR doesn't have to look ****. Just because 1 billion and 2 noobs have tried it, ramped the tone-mapping sliders to max and think they've discovered the very definition of perfection doesn't mean HDR itself should be automatically derided.

I can't remember the last time I didn't HDR a landscape or seascape. The difference is I generally don't do automatic tone-mapping and if I do it's only for sections of the image. Feel free to look. There's plenty rubbish, but if memory serves there is 2 tone-mapped HDR images in there, the rest are manual HDR.

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Old 20-10-2009, 09:05   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, there's HDR and there's HDR!

Personally, I rather agree with some of the negative comments as landscape's about light as well as 'a view' - over HDRing sucks out the interesting shadow (and so half the interest/attraction - but then others like the lifeless bland result!). An HDR blend is the way to go, as OP does - the trick is to get the right amount of shadow reduction
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Old 20-10-2009, 10:35   #6 (permalink)
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over HDRing sucks out the interesting shadow

You are making the same mistake Mark, you're talking about tone-mapping but calling it HDR.

I know I'm being pedantic. But it's something that gets my goat
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I reserve the right to choose what I like and I suppose that many others do to. I happen to like the style of "Tony Sweet", while others might be more reserved. It all kind of goes back to a good picture will win out most of the time, other wise go find one for your self.
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Am backing you up 100% OP - totally agree with what you are saying about HDR

Oh, and that's a lovely winning shot whether it's HDR or not
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HDR or not to HDR....
Go black-and-white or not.....
Sepia tint anyone?...

HDR is another tool in the box.... some shots look good with, some without, but to deride it just because "yours" didnt work, as some people tend to do, (Not anyone on here BTW, just some comments I have seen and heard elsewhere....) without looking at the many many many many that do, is not sensible...

I tried to join a camera club once, and within a few weeks, they got to "the old chestnut" about Film vs Digital, and I was totally astonished by the views of some senior members that digital was newfangled tosh and not "real" photography.......

They asked for my views as a new member, and as I have both Film and Digital, I said I could extol the virtues of both, but dont ask me to choose which is best...
Talk about sit on the fence?...
Yep... sure did.... it was the only way I could see of getting to the door and leaving without getting lynched.....

Anything "New" is resisted by some people who dont like change...
"We always do it this way" is one phrase that gets the hair on the back of my neck raised.......

Where there is always respect for traditional, of which can teach us much, do we have the right as evolving people to resist evolution?... I think not.....

HDR?.. in my opinion?...I dont know enough to have an opinion, other that I need to learn more, 'cos some of the stuff I have seen (and some on here) has made me want to know more, and experiment a bit...
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You are making the same mistake Mark, you're talking about tone-mapping but calling it HDR.

I know I'm being pedantic. But it's something that gets my goat
Nah, I'm talking about the reduction of shadowed areas rather than the reduction in contrast as such (but I can see why you think I mean tone mapping!)

I've no problem with any filter or technique when it's either used in moderation or used in an over-the-top way (to give a totally different viewpoint). Problem is that the vast majority are used in a unsubtle, artificial way!
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