Having used Adobe Photoshop for many years, I’ve been able to work an image for a pseudo-HDR effect since long before High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging became popular with many photographers. This image was produced from a single exposure that was originally shot using Fuji Chrome Velvia slide film and scanned at a high resolution. After minor adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw, I loaded it into Nik HDR Efex Pro and applied the number 24, Clean City 1 preset. I’ve included the original scan at the end of this post for comparison.
As far as composition, I always like to get close at car shows for more abstract views like this one. I wasn’t totally satisfied with my first attempt (still too realistic) so I loaded the image back into HDR Efex Pro and did lots of “on the fly” tone mapping to get the image below.This is a much better example of what lots of photogs think of when HDR is mentioned. And that’s sad since my normal use of the technology is to get a better view of reality than a camera can produce in a single shot. And this is still pretty calm compared to some of the more extreme examples that I’ve seen. Can we mention the “halo” effect?