I love HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography when done judiciously. It’s the kind of thing that can bring out all kinds of delicious detail in both the highlights and shadows of a photo, and that’s what I like to go for. That hyper-realistic look really pleases my eye. Unfortunately, HDR processing techniques are often done in such a heavy-handed fashion that they end up looking like grainy, over-saturated paintings. Those I do not like one bit.
I opted to go a little further toward the artistic side with this particular photo, just because I liked the effect in this particular case. It’s pushed a little past hyper-realistic detail into a more stylized realm, but in this case I think that works. Not too keen on some of the blooming where dark areas meet light, but much of that is actually because of the way the sky was that day.
How about you? Do you like extra realism, or surreal style?