Some people ask why I bother with HDR techniques, tonemapping, and post-processing. After all, it can take hours to come up with one, good final image. Is it worth it?
Here’s my answer, from an image captured in Maine in 2009:
Before – A RAW file (NEF) straight from the camera, converted to JPEG format for web display.
After – The same shot, where I fooled around with LAB color, shadow-mapping, tonemapping, detail adjustments, straightening, cloning, and sharpening.
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While the second image is FAR from perfect (it was a quick pass), the differences are easy to see.
As Forrest Gump would say, “That’s all I have to say about that.”