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Spacer
Jun 1, 2011, 02:45 PM
Here's three pics that I have been messing about with. First is an HDR, second and third are me just playing with different angles. Thanks for looking!

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa42/asj7110/E92M3.jpg

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa42/asj7110/IMG_0144.jpg

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa42/asj7110/IMG_0137.jpg



jackerin
Jun 1, 2011, 04:02 PM
First image doesn't really look like HDR, which is a good thing since I don't really care for the style. The clouds at the top center look like they have been clipped whites that have been pulled back in post though. A bit too much space on the right edge, imo. But otherwise ok, shows off the smooth lines of the car well.

Second you could do something more with, perhaps with a higher angle, as it is now the blank license plate is taking too much focus and once you're there your eyes eventually go to the guy and his van that you can see in the reflection.

Third is a bit of a clunker to me. The small "M3" detail shot is too greatly outweighed by the big block of white and blur. Try going for a straight-on side shot instead.

mackmgg
Jun 1, 2011, 07:43 PM
First image doesn't really look like HDR, which is a good thing since I don't really care for the style.

Correction: It looks like an HDR should.

This is what HDR was meant for, making it so the shadows and highlights are all properly exposed. Recently, it gets to the surrealistic point, with halos everywhere. If you just do it to the point of where your eye can see, past what the camera normally picks up, but not overdone an HDR looks nice. This is a great example of that

runlsd
Jun 1, 2011, 10:53 PM
Correction: It looks like an HDR should.


Agreed.

Ruahrc
Jun 2, 2011, 12:54 AM
On the contrary, I can still tell it's HDR and it doesn't look good. The tones in the sky are totally unrealistic (almost looks like negative tone curve in places) and evidence of highlight blowout is still seen there. Did not fix the chromatic aberration prior to merging, meaning I can see cyan/magenta fringes in the image (look at the front grill). Again, seems like an HDR shot that didn't really need to be in the first place. It's a black car, it should have very dark tones.

In the third, the reflection on the car body blends too well into the background sky, such that you cannot tell where it ends easily. Also nearly 50% of the image area is a totally blown out sky, leaving not much else for the eye to see.

Ruahrc