The Curse of HDR

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Lately I am seeing a lot of really garish HDR landscape images on flickr. It seems like 30% to 40% of all landscapes are getting this treatment, at least in the compulsory award groups. Those are the post 1 award 5 or get banned pools.

They are all starting to look the same to me with wildly over-saturated colors. I swear if I wake up some day and the world looks like that to me I am going to ask for a ride to the ER for a psych evaluation.

My belief is the system at flickr where photos are displayed as thumbnails is partially at fault as users believe they gain an advantage by having extreme colors that stand out. For a while I was fooled by this. Now I have to spend extra time to find the stuff that is not done this way.

All photographs involve some alteration of reality, but for me, this is an unpleasant alteration. There are beautiful HDR images out there, but this is making them hard to find.

Am I the only one that feels this way?
 
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Im not a great fan of HDR but, I believe it is mostly for the reasons you stated. Now good HDR I can appreciate but, it seems that there is alot of over saturation and, manipulation that is going on out there with regular photos as well. I hope it is a short term fad to tell the truth. Also I remember when some complained about Velvia being to saturated. While I liked it for some subjects, I didnt like using it all the time.
 
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Lately I am seeing a lot of really garish HDR landscape images on flickr. It seems like 30% to 40% of all landscapes are getting this treatment, at least in the compulsory award groups.
30% to 40%, that's only because you haven't looked good enough :tongue:

Oh and yeah I basically hate the whole HDR fad …
 
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I agree, I am seeing it everywhere and even when unnecessary. It gives a certain wow factor to the typical uninformed viewer, but also that same wow factor can be also given for a over saturated cartoon episode of sponge bob square pants.

We've all tried it. I haven't processed one in over a year using HDR. It is almost like a right of passage now for people. We've all tried it, and we've all moved on and are almost annoyed by it now.
 
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I've never attempted HDR or Topaz Adjust and never will. To me that oversaturated look is just too much, and I've seen some absolutely hideous HDR images (not so much on here, but on other sites). Let's hope that this fad passes quickly!!!!!!
Same here. Never jumped on the Dave Hill bandwagon (though his personnal film work is very good) and never will.
 
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i have never been a fan of HDR
i have never even tried to create one myself.

i have however seen a few well done ones on this forum
 
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this is the type of HDR that i like: http://www.lonelywolf.pl/

unfortunately, for every photographer who's doing it "right" there's a thousand of people who do it "wrong". I've only done HDR a few times, but I'm only happy with one result, because it doesn't look like sugar coated plastic.
 
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I don't understand the issue with HDR. Isn't it really just an attempt to make a photograph look more like the scene would to the human eye? The human eye being able to perceive about 14 stops with a fixed pupil size vs about 9 stops for a camera. Is it just a matter of being used to the traditionally low dynamic range of photographs and resisting change? Or do the folks who take it over the top throw you off from the concept of HDR completely?
 
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I don't understand the issue with HDR. Isn't it really just an attempt to make a photograph look more like the scene would to the human eye? The human eye being able to perceive about 14 stops with a fixed pupil size vs about 9 stops for a camera. Is it just a matter of being used to the traditionally low dynamic range of photographs and resisting change? Or do the folks who take it over the top throw you off from the concept of HDR completely?
It's NOT the increased range but the GARISH colors that turn my stomach sour and me off! :Dizzy:
 
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I don't understand the issue with HDR. Isn't it really just an attempt to make a photograph look more like the scene would to the human eye? The human eye being able to perceive about 14 stops with a fixed pupil size vs about 9 stops for a camera. Is it just a matter of being used to the traditionally low dynamic range of photographs and resisting change? Or do the folks who take it over the top throw you off from the concept of HDR completely?
OK. The issue is not HDR, but as said, it's overdone, over-saturated HDR. When the scene requires it, because it is done to increase the dynamic range to "reality", then it's fine. Unfortunately the fad is over the top.
 
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I don't understand the issue with HDR. Isn't it really just an attempt to make a photograph look more like the scene would to the human eye?
Last time I stepped out to see the real world my eyes did not see things like this :

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^ Yeah there's waaaaay too much of that. They overdo it to the point that there's NO contrast left AT ALL in the entire photo. Highlights and shadows are all within a stop or two of each other and it's like a cartoon or something.
 
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this is the type of HDR that i like: http://www.lonelywolf.pl/

unfortunately, for every photographer who's doing it "right" there's a thousand of people who do it "wrong". I've only done HDR a few times, but I'm only happy with one result, because it doesn't look like sugar coated plastic.

it looks good in B&W because there is no color to over-saturate (duh!).

Thank goodness I am not alone on this. Too bad I can't buy a spray to eradicate it.
 
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OK. The issue is not HDR, but as said, it's overdone, over-saturated HDR. When the scene requires it, because it is done to increase the dynamic range to "reality", then it's fine. Unfortunately the fad is over the top.
+1 HDR is not the problem it's the over enthusiastic tone mapping
 

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