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June 21, 2013 - 20 went

Golden hour : Sunset Beach

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Added by Rob
on Jun 25, 2013.


  • Dionysios

    !!! Is that HDR? That's an attractive glow.

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  • Rob

    Actually D-Man, I was a little concerned over the anti-HDR feelings I have heard and read lately and wanted to do a couple of HDR, a couple of my new fusing techniques and a couple of neither, just a little massaging and let the members try and pick them out. I find it really disturbing, when I hear people that don't understand that it's tone mapping that can make an HDR image look over-cooked, not the actual process of HDR. I actually maniplulate colours, in regards to HDR, much less than others do with traditional photo processing! I don't do layers (yet) and I find that much more unreal than HDR! I also never boost saturation more than about 5%, I do play with micro-contrast, to help the clarity though! I take it your assessment is HDR?

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  • Dionysios

    The !!! was because I really liked the color and the glow. Did you take the shot during our Meetup? I assume so. I think it's an HDR process, firstly because of the lack of shadow lines perhaps, although the diffused light and your position can eliminate that. Second, because it's quite detailed and what can happen with HDR processing is the uniformity of tone. Is it really? I like how you described that HDR can sometimes look "over-cooked". They can sometimes look over-saturated or two-dimensional; objects can have halos. Images can look unreal or like paintings. It's a process that isn't easy to accomplish. * Someone once told me that the most accomplished HDR images aren't recognized as such. Sure, if what you intend is realism, or version of. Perhaps the spectacle of color or texture is important, or the fine detail, or the abstraction, or the idealization, or the lingering in nostalgia and dream-like perceptions. Whatever it is, the artist will find a way to make it. * I got off my purist film high-horse. Like bracketing, superimposing, dodging and burning, whether in B&W film or digital, HDR is a tool in the art of photography. As always, the photograph isn't completed in the camera. * I don't tend to like those over-cooked images or when the techniques is used universally. But I like those examples where the technique is manipulated well or pushed to make interesting compositions, or art that just happens to be photographs.

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