View Full Version : HDR: Real or Surreal?
This grew out of a comment in another thread...<br><br>There are times when I strive for total photorealism, but other times, I love HDR for an animated "surreal" effect.<br><br>I personally can see the merits in both, but where do you lean with HDR--Real, Surreal, or sometimes both?
06-04-2007, 08:56 PM
<div>I think it just depends on each image and what the photographer is aiming to achieve with it. Both are perfectly acceptable imo.</div>
06-04-2007, 10:57 PM
I think my taste runs more toward the real, but I have seen some of the more surreal that have intrigued me, too.<br><br>I guess it depends on the intent of the photo. If it's meant more as artistic expression than surreal is fine, but if the picture is supposed to convey the beauty/grandeur/wonder of some grand vista, then I think surreal takes away from it. How much more surreal can you make the Grand Canyon at sunrise?<br><br>Just my opinion.<br><br>Your mileage may vary. Some assembly required. Batteries not included.<br><div></div>
06-05-2007, 06:53 PM
<div>I usually go for making a photo look real, just really good.</div>
There was a pretty long, and at times heated, discussion on another board about this very subject. The consensus over there was that the realism approach was preferred. I'd put myself in that camp as well. The poster who was showing the HDR images obviously liked the surreal look and took it so far that most of his images didn't even look like photos but more like comic book illustrations.<br><div></div>
Interesting points, Bob...<br><br>Do you think there's a line somewhere where HDR images stop being photos and become photo-based illustrations? What about Photo-realistic images, are these also sort of "photo illustrations" since they're multi-source images?<br><div></div>
Good question Jack, I don't know that I have the answer. I think it depends on the individual and what they consider a photograph or not. Sort of like the debate on how much editing is too much. Are photorealistic paintings considered to be something other than paintings? I don't know if that example is similar or not. <br><br>The discussion on the other forum wasn't so much dealing with whether the images in question were photos - I think most felt they were. The discussion was whether or not the images were actually HDR. Most felt they weren't. Those who felt they weren't were of the opinion that HDR in it's "purest" or "original" sense was conceived to expand the brightness range of what digital cameras are otherwise capable of. Before the automated software people were doing it manually. There are a couple really good articles on the Luminous Landscape site on blended exposures, for example. The examples that were being shown on the other site didn't display really much of an expanded brightness range; some did a little but not more than one or two stops, but were more of the false colours and the "illustration" type of look you get with some of the really wild tonemapping. Quite a bit more extreme than the look in your "Fish N Chip" church photos. Here are some <a target="_blank" href="http://picasaweb.google.com/AndrewJamesStudios/DowntownBartlesvilleInHDR">examples</a>. And some <a target="_blank" href="http://picasaweb.google.com/AndrewJamesStudios/TractorGraveyardHDR">others</a>.<br><div></div>
06-17-2007, 01:17 PM
<div><font size="2">Even though I can't do HDR with PSE4 (</font><font size="1">mumble, mumble, mumble</font><font size="2">) I do appreciate it. The jazzed up ones are OK for posters, ads, and some commercial work. I personally prefer the straight ones like the latest post from Zuhl or the 'French Countryside' that you took Jack. As far as I am concerned those are examples of just plain good photography. And they don't go overboard in post production.</font></div><div><font size="2"></font> </div><div><font size="2"></font> </div><div><font size="2">Lynn</font></div>
07-05-2007, 03:34 PM
<div></div><div>Hi.. I like the more "Surreal" look to my HDR Images... I dunno... it just seems more fun!!!</div><div> </div><div><a target="_blank" href="http://www.brokenfencephotography.com/photos/156633977-L.jpg">http://www.brokenfencephotography.com/photos/156633977-L.jpg</a></div><br><br>Message Edited by zacker on <span class="date_text">07-05-2007</span> <span class="time_text">04:45 PM</span>
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