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Just trying out HDR I read that subtle is good but is this over the top?
Maybe blue and grey in sky too much? otherwise very good.
Umm...I don't usually chuck a critical 5 cents' worth in,
cos I don't like to upset people, but since you ask...
I think the scene is perfect, and I'm guessing that the light was pretty much perfect.
But I think the HDR was unnecessary, to me it looks a bit messed-up, particularly the sky
(It looks to me like you went a bit wild with dodging/burning.)
Would you consider reposting it without the HDR?
In any case, my 5 cents' worth isn't even worth 5 cents, so I'll shut up and go away now
Not upset at all, it's the best way to improve. Unfortunately I don't have the original files. Thankyou for your input.
It is over the top, but you have to experiment with HDR. It works best in situations where there extremes of light, and the typical scene I can think of where it comes into its own is inside a dark church, with bright stained glass windows, - two extremes. The method has to be multiple exposures converted to an HDR image, then tone mapped. If you take shortcuts, the result isnt as good. So try more challenging conditions.
Some people do like HDR slightly OTT for village scenes, etc as it can give a slightly unreal appearance. Not everyone cup of tea, but theres a market for it.
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