03 Nov 11. We'll conclude our discussion of the HDR approach to photography by looking at the extreme interchangeably called grunge or cartoon-ish, although there are those that would argue that they are different. A lot of the early work in this area was centered around this look, and it is this particular look that has tainted the HDR approach to some degree. Modern HDR software won't let you create this look with a bit of intentional input, but the initial software offerings generally gave this type of output as the starting point. Depending on how you used it, it could be effective. For example, the winch house image won a couple of competitions, albeit in "creative" categories, and even made a photo club monthly front page, but I would never consider this type of image to be anything other than creative, or, as some would categorize it, highly manipulated. My goal with this particular image was to create a fairy land impression and I think it worked well for its intended use. The second image, a desirable view, is provided to give you a feel for how the HDR effect can be, in my mind, totally abused, when used in this manner to present a natural scene. It looks very much like something out of a comic book, but this approach is very common in high end advertising these days, although a nature scene wouldn't be the type of image used by the ad folks. However, you get the idea. I would expect that none of you will like the second image for anything other than as something fun, while the first image may be something you'll find appealing, in its own right. The second frame in the 5 shot series of this hillside stands on its own quite nicely, which is a little caveat that says not everything requires the HDR approach, nor does the HDR approach work for all situations, but when applied appropriately, it does its job very well. ISO 200; 1/40 sec (middle of 5) @ f / 14.