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With modern cameras and software, HDR isn't needed much anymore—and some would argue that it never was. I certainly use it much less now, although I still blend multiple frames when the dynamic range is just too wide to capture with a single shot. But a few years ago, things were different. I tried HDR on about everything, including people. Some of the results were pretty natural looking and others were... not. Architecture, cars and landscapes seemed to turn out the best, with cars showing the most latitude for pushing the envelope, at least for me.

Here are a couple taken at Armstrong Hall, Purdue University, pushed close to the brink of overcooked but restrained a bit due to a near-monochrome color palette in one case and a B&W conversion in the other. I liked the texture revealed in the concrete back then but I'm not as wild about it now.

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EDIT: Replaced the original ^^ with a slightly less crunchy version.

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Anyone have anything from the HDR genre (any subject matter), either archived or current, to share?
 
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Well, since no one else has chimed in, here are two more.

HDR was pretty handy when I shot a mansion in Louisville with a D200, using 100 ISO to hold the noise down while using natural lighting to preserve the warmth of the rooms.

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I also used it at a resort in West Virginia for some of the landscapes.

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EDIT: now that I've posted the landscape I see some haloing along the tree line that was not in the final. It should have been in the same folder as this one. Meh, my filing system is more of a piling system... I'll see if I can find it.
EDIT 2: Found it, swapped it out.
 
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I used 5 shots for this sunrise at Monument Valley. I think this was 2012 with a D700 and 24-70 f/2.8.
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This was from 2010. Interior of the North Rim Lodge at the Grand Canyon.

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HDR Carlsbad Caverns 2019

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Well, since no one else has chimed in, here are two more.

HDR was pretty handy when I shot a mansion in Louisville with a D200, using 100 ISO to hold the noise down while using natural lighting to preserve the warmth of the rooms.

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I also used it at a resort in West Virginia for some of the landscapes.

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EDIT: now that I've posted the landscape I see some haloing along the tree line that was not in the final. It should have been in the same folder as this one. Meh, my filing system is more of a piling system... I'll see if I can find it.

Like both of these. They look very natural.

You're right about HDR pretty much going away. Once I got a D600 I realized I could just expose for the highlights and lift the shadows as needed without worrying about noise.
 
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I like them (and I do HDR often).

the one I think is a tad overdone is the stairs (#2)
I don't disagree about the stairs but I have a soft spot for that image... it took 2nd place in whatever competition Nikonians was having at the time. I got a really nice Think Tank backpack out of it too and still use it to this day—TT is quality stuff.
 
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Cars are always shining in HDR
Agreed!

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There is an issue here. The HDR look is what some processing programs look like when they make HDR make-believe. That is not HDR as we all know.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) is when you combine several images shot ad different apertures to expose for dark and light. That is not the same as fake-HDR on one image only done with software, which gives you the look you get in the car images.

I am not saying it looks bad in cars or anything of the sort, just that what these programs called HDR isn't.
 
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