Well, I received a good response off the last post.
The image in the previous post was not an HDR image but rather one that was recovered strictly through the RAW converter. Below is the same file processed with the benefit of a three-exposure HDR. You can compare the two if you like. This is part of the new processing philosophy that I am exploring of making HDR as genuine looking as possible.
This waterfall and its predecessor in the previous post are two examples of different means to an end-a lovely image. The images are not identical and that’s OK. Notice in the non-HDR, I also cloned out the branch across the crash pool.
Stunning imagery is available through normal processing and realistic image is possible through HDR if you don’t get swept away by fashionable pixel-crunching.
Remember-just because you can-doesn’t mean you must. HDR is a great example of a tool that you use when necessary not whenever.
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