In my personal opinion, I've never been one to "get" HDR for the most part. I understand the process, and I have definitely seen some pretty cool HDR photos. Unfortunately, this cool effect has now been emulated, repeated, and reused in so many places that I have become completely disgusted with the topic alltogether. I believe that too many people aren't applying good Photo Editing Principal, and they're not taking photos to be HDR from the get-go, instead they're taking photos with blinders and later deciding "hey, I'm going to turn this photo into an HDR shot."
Of course, I'm generalizing an awful lot. Don't get me wrong, as with any photo effect, I believe that HDR photography can be a beautiful thing as long as you are shooting for the edits, and practicing good Photo Editing Principles.
This photo is a prime example of what I mean by this. Max Vuong took this shot with vision. He knew exactly what he wanted the photo to look like before he ever took the photos. There was little guesswork involved, instead his time was focused on gathering the ingredients needed to create his final photo.
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