Hi Folks. I would really like opinions on this HDR image. I did a 7 shot spread of 1 stop each and then tonemapped in Photomatix Pro
Actually quality is extremely good. Only what I see that is a little overexposed. Histogram show this. If you have cs6 you can try to use this settings to see what I have thinking. I have open image in camera raw and fix this with this settings.
Maybe is one of shot too much or you not set white point properly in Photomatix. That is only a guess.
I am not sure how I like that one. I did originally process one that looked similar but I thought the sunlight did not portray the actual sun color and intensity like the one I uploaded did. There are many things about your changes that I do like, especially how the building looks. Maybe I should combine both and see how it looks.
I agree with you about colors. My mistake is that I go down in camera raw with vibrance and loose intensity.Need to go down later in cs6 with hue/saturation. How I say before you did great job and this is just minor thing about light.
I think it is pure beautiful! As for the exposure... I realize that we have programs and histograms that show is over, under, partial, dim, dark. saturated, blah, blah, blah.... If your eye or at least someones eye likes it then its good. Over time all of the rules we are taught have been broken The great thing about artwork is that it is interpretive. Joe mentions the halo, I usually rant about HDR halos but this is so subtle its more of an element of the design than an over processing of the image. The reedit that Vjekoslav posted does not please me as much as the more intense and saturated image you originally posted.
I will repeat. I have fix only light not colors. I don`t do that because I not have been there and what kind of colors he like. This is his choice. Talking about how we need to broke rules is only excuse. We can broke rules after we learn how to take photos properly. Broke rules inside of histogram range is good but inside is only under exposed or overexposed image. This image is taken in HDR because author like to have all tones in this range.This is a purpose of HDR tehnique.
I really like the image. My only comment is perhaps use a more wide open apeture as I found the background (buildings behind) slightly distracting. Would like to have seen more of just the gazebo.