HDR or Not HDR

That is the question. I mean, if you shoot in raw format which already leaves a great leeway for post recovery of dynamic range. I did an experiment. Three shots were taken of Steveston Harbour under a high-contrast evening sky with 1.5-stop exposure bracketing. Then the three images were combined in Nik Software HDR Efex Pro to produce an HDR picture. On the other hand, one of the three images, the one with normal exposure, was processed in a normal, non-HDR workflow in Lightroom, with further editing in Nik Software Viveza plugin. Both of the resulting pictures look alike. Now can one tell which one is processed in an HDR workflow and which is just a single image processed in a non-HDR workflow?


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