Sometimes its quite cathartic to do something that you're really not too keen on. Now HDR or EDR w.h.y. is okay in my ever so humble opinion if its kept inside the laws of common decency. But when it slips into the realms of looking like your Granny has just put her make-up on in the dark with the volume turned up well , I turn to the sick bag and don't hold back. Now Hdr does a good job, it extends the dynamic range for starters which can help winkle out the bits in th highlights and shadows but it seems to be abused and used to make images look as though they have been run through one of Photoshops bog standard filters, and they all have that ever so samey look to them, like a communal rash Here are some examples of restrained and overcooked ones http://www.hdrsoft.com/gallery/index.php you can also download a trial version to play with, and it is a useful tool. So the image above is pushed into the realms of unreality, I don't like the result, but, and its a big but, I now know how far I can squeeze something to get all the juice out, which at some point will be of use( suddenly had a terrible flashback to the days of retouching Wedding photos for folks). Stepping off the soapbox now...but now its Trumpet blowing time as Paul (tadpole) emailed me to tell me that I'm being made an exhibition of down at the National Media Museum in Bradford
http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/photography/BritainPictures.asp One in the top 20 and Five in the top 100, and all of Manchester as well, not bad for an old Fuji and some cheapo lenses, just goes to show what a Photogenic metropolis I live in....yeh......right.... Here's what the judges saw.....
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