HDR on an antique gasoline engine
I’m not a big fan of HDR because most people (all except one that I’m aware of) go way overboard with it. Most people seem to use HDR for landscapes, which I don’t like. Using terminology created to describe the overboard effect, the pictures look “overcooked.”
That doesn’t mean that I’m not exploring the ins and outs of HDR to see if I might like its effect, or some of its effects, in areas other than landscapes. Or possibly being a little less extreme in using its effects on landscapes.
One subject matter that I have always believed could benefit from HDR is antiques, especially machinery. As I was cataloging pictures this morning, I found two slightly different exposures of an antique gasoline engine:
I didn’t think they would be different enough to do anything with using HDR, not to mention the fact that usually you want at least three different exposures for HDR. However, I took those two exposures to Photoshop CS6 and asked it to use its “Merge to HDR Pro” function to give me something a little more colorful, sharper, etc. After playing around for a while with the settings in HDR Pro, here’s what I got that I did like:
I think the HDR photo shows the age of the old engine better than the two original photos.
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