Tasteful HDR

Pano with no HDR

It took me a long time to warm up to HDR photography- I am in the camp of photographers who find a lot of those images tacky, unreal and overprocessed.  Sometime last year I started using Nik software’s HDR Pro Photoshop plugin, and mixing a tone-mapped image as a 30-60% layer on top of a “natural,” unprocessed image.  The final result shows some craft while staying believable and keeping true blacks.  These panos were shot at the Tonto Natural Bridge north of Payson, Arizona.

Natural Bridge mixl hdr
Panorama with 50% HDR and 50% non-HDR image
Natural Bridge full hdr
Full HDR panoramic


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I'm a multimedia artist in Phoenix, AZ. Main Site - http://www.primordialcreative.com Instagram @primordialcreative + twitter @dbmillerphoto

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