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High Dynamic Range Images and Faux HDR: Discussion

HDR (High Dynamic Range) images have met with some popularity, along with a certain amount of cringing by some photographers, including this author— they can look more like computer generated pop art rather than photographs, and the look can quickly become tiresome.

Faux HDR as used here is meant more in a positive light: using a single exposure to extract a very wide dynamic range, but without the negative effects of multi-shot wildly other world tonal manipulation.

The foregoing is not a criticism of are when it is such, but when the line is crossed from reality to extreme HDR this becomes troublesome when passed off as a photograph; the line is crossed when there is no open of even seeing a scene that way with the naked eye. But to be fair, even fine black and white photographs can be heavily manipulated for contrast. All is fine when honesty is the policy.

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