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Trying HDR

Discussion in 'Photo Critique Forum' started by SilvioR, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. SilvioR

    SilvioR Premium Member

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    While taking this picture i thought it was nice, but reviewing it at the monitor it seemed that the Harley was a bit confused with the background.

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    Then I tried to give it much more emphasis with HDR:


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    What do you think? Alternative suggestions?

    Thanks in advance!

    PS Taken with Fuji X30.
     
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  2. StephenL

    StephenL Pixel scutcher

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    I quite like the HDR presentation in this instance. It brings out the interesting little details which can be missed in the original, such as the spanners on the back wall.
     
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    First off, I really like this photo. Nicely done and obviously the X30 serves you well and proves itself as an excellent camera.

    My personal taste is that the second photo is a bit overcooked. I am guilty of this myself. In the effort to perk up an image, we drift a bit too far by being seduced by the severe contrast and bright colors. Guilty as charged. After reflection, I've tried either using HDR at a lower strength or just addressing contrast by itself. I've been happier with the results.
     
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    I guess I am more old school as I prefer the original.
     
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    I would use the bike from the second image, and the background from the first one. You will need to use layers...
     
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    I like HDR in general, but to my eye, this one goes a bit too far. Sometimes I like the full-blown 'HDR look' but more often the sweet spot for me is trying to find the balance point where the viewer is not sure if it's HDR, or not. Depending on what software you are using, that can be difficult.

    But if the goal is only to emphasize your subject, here are a few Photoshop tricks, without resorting to HDR. What I did was: dodge the highlights of the bike, burn the highlights of the background, blur the background some, and crop it a bit tighter. Sadly, my crop eliminated the girly calendar on the right edge; could we get a closeup of that?

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    It's achieved what you wanted, but in my eyes it's too over processed, maybe turn it down a little.
     
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    I really like what you obtained! Much better than my HDR attempt.
    It was in the Auto und Technik Museum in Sinsheim, (Germany) no way to get closer to the calendar , just the top of the blue fuel tank ;) :

    girly.jpg


    And thanks to for all the comments!
     
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    I'm also a bit old school - i think that HDR is very easy to do badly. I think that the second photo is ruined by the brightness of the Shell sign.
    In the 1st photo, I focus on the bike, in the 2nd I'm blinded by Shell.
     
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    Which one is good and which one not so much? Is one more correct than the other? It all depends on what you want the image to tell the viewer, or which of the two pleases you the most. Other than that there is no right and no wrong.
     
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    A great example of why I hate HDR.....the first shot is great I really like it . Great subject matter ...well shot.. Well done. Then you go and ruin it with a cheap trick.

    Along with long exposure shots of running water (vomits)..... over done HDR makes me cringe.
    The only time HDR might be a good thing is when you cant see its been done.
     

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