Hugo Rodriguez / Digital Imaging Expert & Landscape Photographer
"High dynamic range", a name that generates rejection among photographers and is associated with over-processed and unrealistic images. But the truth is that this technique is fantastic; What is ugly is the misuse (and abuse) of image overprocessing. Also, most of the images you see on Google when searching for "HDR" are actually pseudo-HDR, which is nothing other than the result of overprocessing a single image. No multiple shots, no bracketing, no scenes of very high contrast ... nothing.
The real HDR is made in scenes of very high contrast. Shattered cars or vans in the middle of a spot on a cloudy day are typically scenes of low or - as much - normal contrast.
This is a high contrast scene:
After sunset, but before the full dark, he had an almost lunar scene in front of me. The problem is that my camera could not capture what I did with my own eyes: some rocks with lots of detail, which I could capture with this other shot:
And a sky with intense orange tones, which I captured in another shot:
If you mix the images with the typical process that many use (for example, using Photomatix), perhaps the result could be this (which I don’t like at all):
But by assembling the images (with an automatic process, without using layers, nor Photoshop ...) and then applying a natural tonal mapping (with SNS-HDR), I got what I was looking for: what my eyes saw (with a certain emphasis to my taste of course):