Jesus wept, when he saw HDR. I know it’s mostly tone mapping and not really HDR, but what kind of blindness did you get hit with to think that it was a good idea? Do you really not see it? It’s like HDR’s become the beveled edges and distressed type of the late 2000s. We used to put stains and trash on everything, now it’s tone mapping.
I have absolutely nothing against dodging and burning, and that’s pretty much what tone mapping is – except it’s automated. The problem with applying automation to a creative process is that everything ends up looking the same, and if you don’t know how to hold back with those sliders, everything ends up looking like garbage.
I dunno, maybe it’s a return to late 19th century pictorialism, but mostly it seems like a lot of really boring shots with the contrast and saturation turned up past vomit. Hopefully, it’ll pass. I’ve never, for example, seen a printed HDR image in real life. Maybe when flickr crashes, it’ll disappear.