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HDR + Tonemapped from 3 Images... plus layering, blending, masking in PS CS3.
Was playing around with one of the 3 original RAW files from the +/- 2EV and after messing around with those luminosity sliders I got this really weird color for the sky... a few quick masks and edits later this is the result... let me know what you think... it's a little weird for my tastes... but I kinda like it.
It's far off the path of my original goal with these images... which was to produce an HDR image that looked ultra-realistic... which is what I think that I was beginning to accomplish here
I believe that HDR is a powerful form of imagery, however I am beginning to see it become misused more and more, as it becomes "cool" and more popular.
I believe that the purpose of HDR was to represent with a photograph, more approximately what we see with our own eyes, since they constantly adjust to perceive different amounts of light. It helps to produce an image that better matches what we remember of a particular scene.
Unfortunately I have started to see more and more bad HDR images here on dA and elsewhere on the web. They are way "overcooked" and almost morph the image into something that looks nothing like what the photographer was actually looking at.
While some may point to this image and call "foul" or "hypocrite", I have addressed the fact that this has been manipulated with LR2 and PS CS3 to produce a surreal look in the color of the sky. At least the foreground maintains it's realistic look... which was/is what I'm going for.
But then, I suppose this discussion leads to the inevitable question or debate of what constitutes art. And who am I to define "rules" of art.
I probably should have written this in a journal... maybe I'll do that now...