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Old Jan 16, 2011, 10:54 AM   #1
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Used Martin Sykes' AutoHDR to a few of my Mahabalipuram photos. Resulting images are striking.





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Old Jan 16, 2011, 11:22 AM   #2
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I would use hdr in poor light conditions, not sure if it really works for me in these, please don't take offence just my personal opinion. I think they would look better probably without the hdr because of the good light.
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I agree, and no offence taken. I too prefer the original photos, I was just giving a try. At the same time, the HDR images do give a surrealistic, artistic feel - on my LCD screen, these look more like glass-paintings that you see in places like tourist offices.
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There is nothing wrong with experimenting Keep up the good work
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The HDR versions is interesting, but I prefer the originals. Thanks for showing us the difference. We never know until we try things.

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Old Jan 16, 2011, 9:01 PM   #6
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Thanks, Sarah. To tell you the truth, I like BOTH, depending on where I would like to show these. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. On seeing the original photo, my daughter asked me, "Wow! when did you take this?". On seeing the HDR, my son asked me, "Wow! how did you do this?". There lies the difference - the original is perceived as TAKEN, and the HDR perceived as DONE. As simple as that!
At the same time, I do realise that the HDR utility can be used to tweak certain photos to extra-ordinary level of reality and sharpness, like the rusted door photo I had seen in this forum some way back.
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I like the second one of the temple...can you post the original shot?
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Sujan - Thanks for looking here, and in the Flickr album as well. Here is the original of the second shot:
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Both are nice but the HDR one is a bit extreme and is showing some of the Jpeg artefacts and noise. Hope you don't mind but I did another version with settings of 3,6,7,8,8 which is cleaner. For really stunning results, if you process the full-size image and resize afterwards it will give much finer details although it's a lot slower.

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Thank you Martin, I don't mind at all. I like the 'medium' adjustments you have done. Actually I like your program because it helps me experiment a lot, without my having to do contrast/saturation adjustments in a normal photo editing programme. Yes, I had done it to the extreme, but, as I said, I like the outcome as well which will pass as a good 'poster' if not a good photo!
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