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  • Great post, I’m pretty new to HDR never realized it’s potential before and i tryed to use it in a particular scene when I toured the new Yankee stadium. I was standing in the dugout and it was cold and overly bright day. Not only was the sky blown out in one of my shots, the seating was too. I decided this minght be a good time to test the capability of shooting HDR. I don’t think it was a well composed shot, but i was wondering if you thought it was a decent HDR or is it over saturated?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tscibilia/4231153527/

    January 07, 2010
    • Thanks for your comment. My thoughts on your image are only my subjective opinion, please feel free to ignore :) You have done a good job with the tone mapping. I don’t see any halos, and the contrast is still reasonable, though perhaps a little bit flat. I personally find the colours over-saturated, but you may like it that way. You’re off to a great start with HDR! Keep shooting and practicing and you’ll refine your technique.

      January 08, 2010
  • hermit harry

    Flickr is on a destructie rampage.They are deleting accounts left and right without ever telling anyone they delete why they were ousted. We send emails to Yahoo asking for explanations and never get a response. And of course Flickr doesn’t mind deleting an pro account where someone has paid $25 a year for unlimited postings.

    If any other business ran the way Flickr is run they would be out of business by now. My advice, never, ever get a pro account with these bastards.

    January 27, 2010
  • The comment box, like favorites let’s me know who’s looking and who’s taken the time to look. I don’t need the feedback in order to continue making pictures and I’m not looking for someone to tell me how great I am. I simply post a picture I like to give people an opportunity to see my work. If you want critiques, ask. If you don’t want banners, then tell people so. Don’t like HDR. Don’t look. What I’m looking for on Flickr is to be challenged and encouraged. You want to talk to someone about their work or delve deeper, send them an e-mail.Look at some of the comments above mine. “Outstanding”, “keep up the good work”, etc.

    Make some real friends on Flickr. Take a trip and meet a Flickr contact in another city and spend the day shooting with them. There are hundreds if not thousands of Flickr photographers to learn from. Each with a unique vision. And many who share and give beyond politeness.

    My question to you. What do you like about Flickr. How does your stream make Flickr a better place to be.

    May 19, 2010
  • Sam

    Hi, great article. HDR when done right you do not notice at all but what I have seen on Flickr are mostly over saturated, look unnatural, the contract levels are way over the top, HDR’s which look more like paintings that photo’s. What this means is that you are essentially removing the photo and replacing with a hand crafted painting.

    August 13, 2010
  • Karie

    I just joined Flickr recently during a photo contest in Chicago. It seemed like a good way to see what other local artisans were doing. Today I uploaded one picture. Just one…to see how it worked. And then I went back to surfing and found your blog. Thank you for sharing! It was very helpful.

    September 23, 2010
  • aeo

    Hey Neil ! Couldn’t have done a better list ^^

    What software do you use to develop your pictures ? If you were to use Lightroom, look for the uploader plugin from Jeffrey, it does all the work for you with keywords !

    I’m new to flickr and I think I’ll look for a forum, seems better for thorough critics !

    October 15, 2010
  • Jim Bustovsky

    You’re real flickr-hater! ;)

    I think you should use thesaurus dictionary to change some words. It will be your non-hating special writing style, Neil!

    May 24, 2011
  • Big J in Florida

    I enjoyed reading your article but do not agree with some of your criticisms. Photography has a diverse range of artistic movements, and consequently, followers with widely varied interests. As the capabilities of technology increase, so do the interests of photographers and the variability of their output from traditional realism. The scope of consumer interests and the demands for non-traditional photography are growing.

    If you view digital photography as strictly a tool for realistically documenting little slices of life, then all of your comments are dead on. If you have a broader view of photography, then your thoughts on vignette and HDR may not ring true. Photography has both producers and consumers who appreciate realism, impressionism, surrealism, abstract expressionism, and so on. Images with extremely high saturation, the use of special artistic filters, color manipulation, contrast variability may look like nothing that is naturally observed in the world around us, but they are not intended to appear as such.

    In art, there was a time when the romantics criticized the realists, the realists criticized the impressionists, the impressionist criticized the cubists, and so forth. The classical music lovers often criticize the jazz players, the jazz lovers criticize the rockers, and so forth. Sometimes I wonder if that’s where we’re at with photography.

    June 23, 2011
  • Joe

    I hate that they offer pro accounts for $24.99 year for unlimited postings, and then once they have your money, on a whim they delete you. I really don’t know why anyone wastes their money with these crooks

    August 22, 2011
  • I’m absolutely on your side. It’s just like you wrote down my own thoughts. I love flickr and the possibilities it gives me for sharing my photos and virtually talking about photography with kindred spirits.
    But one point you mentioned is way overvalued, I think. I don’t post what I think about my photos because I want them to speak for themselves. If someone is really interested in my thoughts about an image, he can ask me in a comment or message. It’s as simple as that.

    October 06, 2011

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