• That is one of the best opening paragraphs I’ve ever read (the “just like full body scans at the airport” part…) I laughed so hard! Welcome to the magical world of HDR, and just want to say you’ve done an excellent job of holding to your “purist” ideals while still taking advantage of what HDR has to offer. The finished image could not be “pegged” as an HDR very easily, or likely not at all. You asked about the houses – it might be nice to try a tiny bit lighter on them and also the trees, but this is a very fine image which I think retains the mood of the real scene. Well done! Janine

  • Shannon says:

    Coastal towns are perfect for HDR! Haven’t been back to Seldovia since I got into HDR but would love to. Your right HDR takes time to develop a technique. From what I have seen and from viewing others work CS5 has some HDR capabilities but adobe hasn’t quite got it yet. There are a couple stand alone programs that do a much better job with less of a learning curve. I use Photomatix which is very affordable and for me gives very good results with very little time needed in tweaking because of my saved presets. Love your work. HDR is not the end all tool but it does allow us to expand the possibilities.

    Personally I would have brought in a little more range to lighten the houses more. But that is a matter of taste. You’ve done a good job here of capturing more dynamic range to improve the shot but without making it look “cooked” or unrealistic.

  • I like it! The yellow in the sky really makes this photo, I think.

  • Looks like you are off to a pretty good start. I am a purist a well and try my best to keep my HDR images looking natural.

  • kariann says:

    I always say that the best HDR photos are the ones that you can’t really tell are HDR. So I like that you kept the reins tight. I agree with the others about the the houses, might look nice with them a little lighter.

    Darwin Wiggett does some really nice realistic looking HDR’s that don’t have the stereotypical HDR look to them they just look like great photos.

  • Rick says:

    My take on HDR landscape work: You have to have good colors going into it to make it work out. You don’t have those here, although you do have a very nice scene.

    Just my 2/5 of a nickel.

  • Good post Dan, I’m definitely a fan of hdr that looks realistic, just another tool to use properly. Most of what you see is so way over the top it’s laughable.

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