U of S | Mailing List Archive | alt-photo-process-l | RE: R.I.P. HDR



            I read it and agree.  I was “dissed” in the past for posting a statement that all HDR really did was compensate for the limited dynamic range of the digital image capture process.  It was a corrective solution to a problem that doesn’t exist for the b&w photographer who has made a few tests and has a basic knowledge of the zone system.  Further, color neg has a dynamic range nearly as good as some b&w films and, though it is difficult to push/pull process without risking crossed curves, scanning the color neg can either:

1)    Capture the large density range created in a color neg shot of a high scene brightness scene or…

2)    Fix the crossed curves in a color neg that has been pushed or pulled. 

Sooooooooooooo, as I said, HDR image processing is a crutch for digital capture’s limited dynamic

range.  Of course, as western art is all about “impact”, the article makes a good point that everyone jumped on the “saturation” band wagon and created scenes either reminiscent of Agfa Velvia or perceptions resulting from the 70s use of psychedelic drugs. 

            What ever happened to subtlety?  I tremble to even mention shibui.  ;-))




From: eric nelson [mailto:emanphoto@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, September 18, 2009 2:49 AM
To: Alt Photo
Subject: R.I.P. HDR


Finally someone has put onto a page what I've been thinking all along!



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