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By ginz04    
hi - ive been messing with HDR and decided to try something different and tried the technique on this monkey from Monkey Forest in Stoke.

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franken Plus
19 5.4k 4 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2011 9:09PM
Impressive portrait.

banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4307 Canada
7 Jun 2011 9:56PM
Doesnt work for me. The green is way too much, and the Photomatix overprint doesnt help.

Loaded a mod.

I think the original shot without the HDR is likely a good shot, and is worth an upload.


paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2011 7:24AM
I thought the tones looked slightly strange. The HDR is much better than I usually see it, but probably un-necessary here. This is a shot that probably had a full range of tones anyway. Plane of sharpness tiny but in the right place - watermark just not needed. Generally a well composed strong image - eye contact would be better.

NEWMANP 14 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2011 2:09PM
im afraid that i subscribe to the above views in that i love the monkey as a subject and i would love to see a straight image, pin sharp and that would have cut the mustard but the hdr has really not added to the final product.
the composition is nice and tight, only thing is a little bit of a diagonal across the eyes would be stronger and the eyes need to be really sharp to enphasise the eye contact. in this case i would like to see the hair really sharp too.

for me, the purpose of hdr is to extend the dynamic range when the sensor is incapable of coping . an example would be a church interior where the stained glass needs to be recorded and nor burned out due to the difference in brightness level. i know at first it seems like a new toy but its not the answer to subjects which are innapropriate or would be better as taken or a simple mono conversion.

there are those that say to me that their images in hdr make peple say wow. well, yes because they are seeing something they wouldnt normally see that way, but i think other photographers would sooner be blinded by quality than effect. i hope you dont take this as a personal critisism .

so i love the image but feel a direct conflict between the subject and technique.

hope this helps and best regards
ginz04 18 281 20 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2011 7:04PM
ive uploaded the original shot.

thanks for suggestions

ginz04 18 281 20 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2011 7:10PM
hi guys

As i said I have been messing about with HDR, Iam aware that there is a watermark across from an unregistered and also I am aware that this genre is not the best for this type of affect I have seen it work very well with archetecture etc but I was just messing around and thought it would be interesting to see what you guys think - I have uploaded the original which i feel lacked some quality and tried to improve it with HDR which obviously has not worked.

I thank you all for taking time to post comments and I do not take offence at constructive criticism .



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