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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 36174 times)

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2014, 03:25:01 AM »
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.

Well, it's a fun thread, and I really do hope no one feels offended. I amended the option with a ;-) just to make sure the point comes across.

So therefore I cannot share any "skeleton in the closet". But it's fun to look at the pics others share here. Thanks.

I hope people keep participating, I find many photogs are way too serious about what they do - in many good movie dvds, there are "outtakes" with embarrassing scenes, and that doesn't diminish the quality of the product.

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.

Excellent shot for educational purposes, because it proves that you cannot improve a shot just by juggling with exposure or dynamic range! Imho, what needs to be done here is a completely different lighting like putting several flashes to the sides between the trees, with just 2x front/backlighting it will always look awful.

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2014, 03:25:01 AM »

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2014, 03:32:02 AM »
Well, it's a fun thread, and I really do hope no one feels offended.
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I find many photogs are way too serious about what they do
Of course I got that humor right ;) , and of course - as many Germans - I am too often too serious  :( , but I'm working on that.  :-\
And as I said, looking at all those images is also fun to me.
And also a good justification to stay away form this technique and kind of art - for me  ;)

Thanks for the idea of that thread.
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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2014, 08:05:15 AM »
I can't vote as there is no option suitable for me.

"Nope, I've got taste ;-p"  comes close but I don't like the last part as it is insulting to other photographers.  Photographic "taste" (whatever that means) is an individual preference. Just because I don't like some types of HDR does not mean that those photographers who do like it have no taste.

Photography is art.  If the photographer is happy with the result, then from an artistic (not commercial) viewpoint it is a good photograph.
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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #18 on: October 01, 2014, 08:14:16 AM »
I was a member of a Facebook group for nature photographers. If you posted what I think is a proper image, you could get 30-40 likes and a comment or two. If you on the other hand posted a +/-3EV HDR, especially fall images with some water in it, which had been through the complete photoshop color and contrast massacre, you get 500 likes and 50 comments. I just don't get it ...

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2014, 08:25:27 AM »
I was a member of a Facebook group for nature photographers. If you posted what I think is a proper image, you could get 30-40 likes and a comment or two. If you on the other hand posted a +/-3EV HDR, especially fall images with some water in it, which had been through the complete photoshop color and contrast massacre, you get 500 likes and 50 comments. I just don't get it ...

Because the HDR image looks "different" and novelity attracts the eye. The picture looks different and people will spend a little longer looking at it and hence generate more likes/comments.

There are also some views who like the more graphic art aspect of the more severe HDR.

In my opinion, there is a point where HDR stops being photography and becomes more computer graphic art.
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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2014, 09:07:33 AM »
I replied "sure, still do," but only because there are occasions where having a surreal image is what the photographer intended.   Sometimes I like that crazy look - most of the time not.   I wish I could select "sure, but sometimes" as a poll option.   

I've dabbled with HDR a bit and ended up with a cartoonish looking picture of my house.  I ended up laughing at it because it looked ridiculous.  I haven't tried it since.  :)   
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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #21 on: October 01, 2014, 09:44:48 AM »
I've dabbled with HDR a bit and ended up with a cartoonish looking picture of my house.  I ended up laughing at it because it looked ridiculous.

What about contributing a shot?

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #21 on: October 01, 2014, 09:44:48 AM »

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #22 on: October 11, 2014, 08:18:50 AM »
I've dabbled with HDR a bit and ended up with a cartoonish looking picture of my house.  I ended up laughing at it because it looked ridiculous.

What about contributing a shot?

Here you go.   My house taken with at T1i and 10-22 Lens.   I didn't think the house itself was bad, but the sky (setting sun) looked odd to me.  Also, pay no mind to the sad looking weed bed in the front of my house.  :)

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2014, 09:40:06 AM »
how about this beauty?
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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2014, 10:19:07 AM »
I didn't think the house itself was bad, but the sky (setting sun) looked odd to me.

In my experience, with these auto-tonemapped hdr shots it's quite easy to get the sky colors looking really strange - as proven by you :-)

how about this beauty?

Thanks, excellent entry :-> ... for a tonemapped shot, the darks are still rather dark (= it could have gotten even uglier), but the post-nuclear war sun is really something!

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #25 on: October 11, 2014, 01:15:56 PM »
This is probably the first HDR I shot with a DSLR (40D). The high fps made it possible to have people in the frame, but the result is pretty horrible. WFIW I don't do HDR anymore.
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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #26 on: October 11, 2014, 01:59:58 PM »
but the result is pretty horrible. WFIW I don't do HDR anymore.

This is a good example why hdr "flat" tonemapping doesn't replace artificial lighting - at some compression level, it simply doesn't look real anymore even if there would be more contrast in it.

Keep 'em coming people, show that you're brave enough to stand by your early creations :-)

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #27 on: October 12, 2014, 12:51:05 AM »
Did give it a try, but feel like is too REAL  ;)


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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #28 on: October 12, 2014, 03:56:56 AM »
Did give it a try, but feel like is too REAL

Interesting - tonemapped hdr seems to work better on "unreal anyway" sfi-fi interiors than on a natural environment, I'll try to remember that.

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #29 on: October 16, 2014, 02:35:15 PM »
When I started out with photography, I did try the tone mapping technique, only to never look at the images again. Well, not until now...

Those were shot during my stay in the Netherlands, no needs for critics and comments.

Now, I feel like regular processing of images is already difficult so I better leave HDR tone mapping out of the equation. At worse, I might try to combine exposures, both no more HDR.
What a mess, my camera's sensor is full of massless particules that keep on trying to behave like waves!

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Re: Your *worst* hdr creations ("skeleton in the closet" thread)
« Reply #29 on: October 16, 2014, 02:35:15 PM »