mmmm, interesting side-by-side comparison. The shadows are lifted quite a bit in the HDR version. What's your conclusion??
Sometimes HDR offers advantages sometimes it doesn't. In the case of this night time shot I don't think it adds a lot. I had to tweak up the local contrast considerably as the basic HDR conversion came out looking very 'flat'. Its mos useful in very contrasty full sunshine shots, where there are very deep shadows and broken cloud. The amount of detail that can be revealed in the clouds increases significantly, and shadows can be lifted without revealing soft mush, and noise
I agree with your assessment of the above picture. I have been experimenting with different HDR/Tone mapping software as it was becoming clear to me that one size didn't fit all.
I use photomatix for daytime outdoor shots and have started using SNS-HDR and Oloneo for night and indoor shots with far better results.
This is only my opinion based on experiments over the last few days.
Hope you don't I'm interfering.
"Hope you don't I'm interfering." Not at all, Mark. Thanks for the info.
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