It’s a fact. HDR doesn’t have to be surreal.
While shooting in Vulture last Saturday John asked me my opinion on HDRs for landscape. We were walking along between buildings when the question was posed, so we stopped and set up a few landscape HDRs for processing later.
Personally, I think HDRs for landscapes ROCK! It’s my belief, at least how I see the world, that I have more success representing the scene I witnessed with HDR. It could be that my vision is a little funky of course…….
John’s concern was that there would be too many tell tale signs that the image was in fact an HDR. You know, Halos, unrealistic shadows, too much of a crunchy painted quality, etc…….. I assured him all those issues didn’t need to crop up in an image and we’d try one out on Sunday.
We spent so much time on workflow, the ins and outs of Photomatix, Topax, etc, that we almost didn’t play with the landscape. But as I browsed the library I saw the landscape images, stopped on them, and decided to take a crack at it.
Glad I did it.
In the span of about 5 minutes we tuned the 3 exposure HDR to a point where it was agreed, that was very close to the scene we witnessed on Saturday. What a nice way to demonstrate how quick it was to use Photomatix in a less stylized way.
If you’re digging HDR, try doing some super realistic images with it. Sure, the stylized stuff is cool, and I enjoy creating those types of images. But there’s a whole big world of what you can do with HDR.