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Did you ever like surreal hdr tonemapping?

Nope, I've got taste ;-p
43 (58.9%)
Yup, but I am cured :-)
19 (26%)
Sure, still do
11 (15.1%)

Total Members Voted: 73

Voting closed: October 30, 2014, 02:17:55 PM

Author Topic: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)  (Read 36193 times)

Marsu42

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Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« on: September 29, 2014, 02:17:55 PM »
Now we know we're all great photogs, well, at least we would be if our cameras would have more resolution and dynamic range :-p. But there is an infamous fix for the latter: bracket the scene, let loose the tonemapping app of your choice and dial everything to 11!

Looking at the neighboring "best hdr shots" thread, I've got the impression that a typical photog evolution seems to include loving surreal hdr shots with histogram inversion (i.e. parts that were darker in the original now is brigher). So here's your chance to show courage and let the world see your very early creations!

Note 1: Please only link/post your own shots and not those of others around CR, even if it is tempting :->

Note 2: No cheating, only real skeletons in your closet, unlike saying "My weaknesses are perfectionism and forgetting to cash in my overtime slips" in a job interview.

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Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« on: September 29, 2014, 02:17:55 PM »

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2014, 02:19:03 PM »
bracket the scene, let loose the tonemapping app of your choice and dial everything to 11!

My first entry is also my very first hdr shot, right after buying my shiny new 60d! Seemed like "instant art" to me back then :-p

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2014, 04:19:34 PM »
I experiment to some extent. Will see if I have anything barf-worthy that still exists on my disks...

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2014, 04:22:04 PM »
bracket the scene, let loose the tonemapping app of your choice and dial everything to 11!

My first entry is also my very first hdr shot, right after buying my shiny new 60d! Seemed like "instant art" to me back then :-p

Everyone has these art shots hidden in the hard drive somewhere. I'll check tomorrow and post the particularly ghastly ones.  ;D
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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2014, 06:22:29 PM »
bracket the scene, let loose the tonemapping app of your choice and dial everything to 11!

My first entry is also my very first hdr shot, right after buying my shiny new 60d! Seemed like "instant art" to me back then :-p

There are some scenes, mostly junkyards, ruins and such that seem to do well as overcooked HDR subjects, I think you've got such a scene here.
Would you happen to have a larger version of this one to post? Please?
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Anyway, I shoulda wish I woulda thought of doing and then done done some overcooked HDR at that site, they've now torn it down, the opportunity is gone forever.
 
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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2014, 08:18:21 PM »
Yes but to really take it over the top why not play with wide angle perspective at the same time. 
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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2014, 08:37:17 PM »
Guilty as charged m'lud

But in my defence it was in a folder named 'practice'  :-[
Really nailed the o'l halo effect, hate hate hate it, I have no idea why I even kept it, maybe just in case a topic came up which I felt competent to participate in  ;D

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2014, 08:37:17 PM »

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2014, 08:42:07 PM »
What causes the annoying halo?

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2014, 09:43:34 PM »
What causes the annoying halo?
I think it relates to overdoing the local contrast, if I remember correctly.

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2014, 10:10:19 PM »
Funny thread. I have nothing to post though as I strongly try to avoid this look (although it is popular with many and I've even seen it do a lot for some people's sales.)

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2014, 11:07:54 PM »
This is my only kept one.  I believe it fits as one my earliest attempts IIRC.

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2014, 01:34:13 AM »
What causes the annoying halo?

It's caused by the hdr software being dumb and just assembling the source brackets according to exposure with no concern for the image content (how could it?). I find this to be a great problem with a *lot* of tonemapped shots, even with ones that are considered good by their authors.

Esp. with parts of trees or something else tall reaching into the sky, it's a halo and/or the top part of the object going suddenly very dark. The latter probably like our eye sees the world, but it isn't supposed to be in a single image.

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2014, 08:46:05 AM »
What causes the annoying halo?

It's caused by the hdr software photographer being dumb and just assembling the source brackets according to exposure with no concern for the image content (how could it?). I find this to be a great problem with a *lot* of tonemapped shots, even with ones that are considered good by their authors.

Esp. with parts of trees or something else tall reaching into the sky, it's a halo and/or the top part of the object going suddenly very dark. The latter probably like our eye sees the world, but it isn't supposed to be in a single image.

As I think I ably demonstrated  ;D  ;D

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2014, 08:46:05 AM »

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2014, 02:42:31 PM »
I promised to enter something, but I had tossed a lot. Here's one where I just experimented to see what I could get from HDR in a situation that I haven't figured out what to do with - yet.
It's a 40-50 meter long corridor of trees with gnarly branches. Behind that one can see part of a building. Shot is taken with an old tripod that sagged during the three shots and nothing is lined up properly. During a narrow time slot in the afternoons I should be able to get the sun to light up the part of the corridor close to me, and that is what I aim for.

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2014, 03:15:52 AM »
Hi Marsu!

I would have voted "Nope", because I normally don't do HDR and also haven't really tried it out.
I was kept from doing so because of the "I've got taste" and I think that's not fair (although with humor).
I understand that it's fascinating and that a lot of people like this kind of art. And so it's just a different taste.

My approach to digital photography was always the one of the film days with having the convenience of the digital age during pp.

So therefore I cannot share any "skeleton in the closet". But it's fun to look at the pics others share here. Thanks.
« Last Edit: October 06, 2014, 01:55:10 AM by Maximilian »
sometimes you have to close your eyes to see properly.

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2014, 03:15:52 AM »