Beautiful footage! How's the Magic Lantern software working for your video, overall? Also, if you don't mind me asking-- which software did you use for the color correction/processing, I LOVE the look!
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Ok, let's sum it up a little bit. In my point of view HDR was supposed to enhance the Dynamic Range (as the name suggests), which most of the people do very nicely. But, this doesn't mean to ingnore the colors, getting unnatural saturation-pulls, halos in the sky or tonemapping with harsh contrasts.
In black/white some of the pictures would be really good, but this is too much pop art for me. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to push you down... I just think critism is nothing bad, although in the facebook-decade everything can only by liked somehow. Doesn't help, but keeps up the sparkling atmosphere.
I really love the picture from MxM, that's the spirit of HDR.
Just my 50 cents.
I tend to lean towards the mostly realistic HDR images myself, BUT....I do find some of the hyper-real or more artsy ones to be very interesting and I like them. But, it has to be one well done, and the enhanced color, etc...has to really fit the image, a dance that many HDRs don't always quite get right to me...
But art is art...and it is always up to the individual to know what he likes....and enjoy it.
Sorry, but that's exactly the look why HDR is no more interesting for a lot of people ;/
Another good option is buying Canon refurbished lenses during their 15-20% off sales (there's one now). I just ordered an EF70-300L from them for $1087 thanks to all the gushing comments posted here. $1155 ain't half bad for the 100-400L either. I paid a little more than that for my used copy I have now. My lens is sharp as a tack, so no regrets. If they didn't charge state sales tax it would be a steal.
I tend to printing and mount a lot of photos. So not only do I need my image to fit into the intended print size, but I also lose a few millimetres behind a mounting board. Consequently, I often frame a little more loosely than others.
Ok, I think I have responded to everyone. Whew! Almost time for bed. 3:30AM here in California.
I will leave for the night with a post from our president Chris MacAskill on our own photography forum. He had heard people were worried about customization, and this is what he had to say.
"Sorry, in the crush of things I haven't been able to wade into the forums, but Bonocore tells me people are legitimately concerned about us blowing away their customizations when we go live.
Somewhere in this thread and in the customization forum I've said that I understand the concern because SquareSpace six green-fielded their users and made them start over and Flickr just sprung the new design on their customers. But we're not doing either of those. It's been a whole lot more engineering and we could have shipped a year ago if we made SquareSpace and Flickr's decisions, but we didn't. You'll get a preview button and lots of time to play before you make changes that your customers will see, and we're preserving things like photos, stats, comments, sales reports, etc.
We all know how forums are and those answers get buried fast so please someone who reads this answer the next time the questions come up, because we're working all hours in prep for Tuesday."