That was my exact! response. At least its not over processed though, that is; it does not have the cartoonist look of some of the HDR attempts I've seen.A very nice composition paul, but is lacking a little zip.
Thanks, Steve. I had actually decreased the Vibrance in Lightroom before I output it, as wanted it to look realistic, as opposed to an over-saturated HDR image; I guess I went too far. I went back and re-edited it, adjusting the vibrance, clarity, and brightness sliders, and tweaked the tone curve and contrast slightly. Hopefully this looks better. (I also cropped it slightly on the left edge to get rid of the tree trunk on the left edge that I didn't notice until after I posted originally.) Thank you for taking the time to do your edit; it helped me see the possibilities. I could also see that my initial posted image was very flat.
Thought I would toss in my two-cents worth...alight curves adjustment, reset black point and desaturated the water's solor bottom left and desaturated the foliage to try to get all the attention to the falls. Lots of stuff going on in htis photo which makes it somewhat difficult to direct the viewer's attention.
Yooper: I would rather see a little gun-shy application of HDR, than some of the Dick Tracy comics look, most end up with. There is a fine line between enough, and too much, even a little bit. Of course a lot like the comic look, they have been led by programs like PhotoMatrix, to think this is what HDR is all about. When "High Dynamic Range," has nothing to do with a surrealistic nether world look.Thank you, also, Steve, and thank you for taking the time to edit my image. There is a fine line between realistic looking images and over processed when it comes to HDR, and I'm just starting to learn how to find that line. I guess I'm a little too gun-shy. Your input helps a lot.
PS: You have some really nice work, on your web-site.
Last edited by steve40; 22nd November 2011 at 04:11 AM.
Paul, the edit looks better, but you added a color cast. It is in need of a white balance adjustment. If you look at your edit next to mine, you will see a yellow or maybe green color cast.
To fix this, take it back into cs5...............bring up the levels tool............blend mode normal...........adjust the black and white points of EACH (red, blue,green) channel individually, so they just touch the histogram. You can even clip the thin line on each side to bring up more contrast. When done, with each channel, click back on all channels and adjust the mid range to your liking.