I agree completely Bill with your pick of the bunch....in my view with the exception of the breakfast.....they were all Photoshopped to death!! That is the one thing that bothers me with contests....very few are natural....all have had some manipulation to them and I am a purist....also....I am old enough to remember the darkroom!!Colin
Many thanks for posting
we should do a poll on these to see what we think
Some great images
Breakfast view is my winner
HDR a powerful tool that can be rightly or wrongly applied - it's all a matter of taste - the viewers. And he is absolutely right you often absolutely cannot tell if you are looking at an HDR. I have absolutely no doubt that far more often than we realize that when looking at professional work we are looking at HDR and don't even know it.HDRs and tonemapping. Because there are so many poorly done they have become synonymous with garish, halo induced nightmares. Why wouldn’t the average view think that way? Probably because a properly tonemapped HDR is indistinguishable from a properly exposed, properly lit landscape. Visit my website, DAN JURAK - THE ALBERTA LANDSCAPE Can you pick out which images are tonemapped and which aren’t. I don’t think you can. If you can, I haven’t done my job as a photographer.
I expect that sort of ignorance of HDRs and tonemapping from people who are casual or hobby photographers but I still see that thinking among working professionals. This is all the more irking when you realize these tonemapping haters make money teaching amateurs about photography.
How’d you like to go to university and find out your prof kind of had an idea of what they were talking about but it was all based on misinformation? Would you think you were getting value for your tuition? That’s the case with many of the photography workshops I see advertised in magazines and on the internet. The same people teaching photography to beginners. Sheesh! Great way for a beginner to get a start in photography.
When I read about how cartoony tonemapping is I shake my head in disbelief because those people don’t have the slightest clue. Maybe if they actually experimented with the programs they speak of?
That ignorance comes from using presets and sticking with them...