HDR? We don't need no stinkin HDR!

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Recently I went back and reedited some photos I took last year, mostly to adjust WB. This process however always seems to end up being much more, at least for me.

Here is a photo of Les Chefs de France restaurant in Epcot after the my original edit. It was taken around 9am in bright sunlight which produced plenty of shadows. I pushed the shadow slider in LR to drawn them out but you can see by looking at the front door area and into the windows that they were still dark.

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In my recent edit, I used the adjustment brush in LR to increase the exposure and pull shadows more in those dark areas (full disclosure - I also reduced the vignetting I used in the first edit but don't think that had too much effect in the dark areas, especially around the front door). I also adjusted the color of the sky and fixed some distortion issues. The photo was shot with the A7r2 + Batis 18mm 2.8.

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I was always impressed with the ability of my NEX-7 sensor to pull shadows, but the A7r2 sensor is truly amazing in this regard. I can't remember the last time I regretted not shooting something bracketed. My HDR software has not gotten much love lately. This method also seems to give you a more "realist" look than HDR software were I have to temper my temptation to push sliders to their limits. :rolleyes-20:
 
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Excellent results. Original shot was very good, but one can really tell the differences side by side.
 

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Totally agree!!
Its said that if you can't detect that its been HDR'd, then its been done properly.
One of my pet hates is over-processed HDR'd skies (the other is blown clouds and skies ;) )

RIP HDR :D
 

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I put HDR in the same category as sub woofers in audio gear. I do not like the results when they are overdone, but there is a very good reason for their existence. When used properly, they overcome the physical limitations of our equipment at some extremes, providing a result more natural to our senses.

Ted's example is illustrative.
 

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I put HDR in the same category as sub woofers in audio gear. I do not like the results when they are overdone, but there is a very good reason for their existence. When used properly, they overcome the physical limitations of our equipment at some extremes, providing a result more natural to our senses.

Ted's example is illustrative.
Nice analogy, Bert!

Unfortunately, there are still some photographers I see on flickr and elsewhere, still apply excessive amounts like hot peppers at a Chili cookout competition.
The end results... the likes of seeing a big wing spoiler bolted to the trunk of a family sedan. :rolleyes:
Add in those subwoofers you mentioned and it truly completes the experience of one pulling up next to you! :eek:
 

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