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2.0 out of 5 stars A book of HDR, 1 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Beauty in Decay: Urbex: The Art of Urban Exploration (Hardcover)
I have spent a while viewing this book in my local Waterstones and at a friends who bought it, and was disapointed with the sheer amount of processing involved. There's a great set of locations there, some of which I have visited myself. It's such a shame the that atmosphere of these places is lost by tonemapping them to look like a still from a video game, especially those with gas mask faced figures in them - what does that achieve?

On a positive note, there's a great selection of locations and some excellent compositions in there, largely spoilt by overmanipulation of the images to a point that they lose the realism that can be presented with straightforward photographs.

I'd like to see the photographs that went into making these HDR images - perhaps you could release these in a separate book?

Who was the book made for, the people that want to see what these fascinating places are like inside, or for the graphical artists involved to demonstrate the capabilities of the latest tone-mapping software.

Compared to other dereliction based books that I've read/bought such as FORBIDDEN PLACES - Exploring our abandoned heritage, Abandoned Places,Asylum, Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration and After the Wall, this book just doesn't stand up to the quality of photography.

Overall dissapointing, given my high expectations.
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Initial post: 5 Jan 2011 07:50:18 GMT
Sam Gobert says:
Completely agree to the above, some of the shots are excellent but overprocessed. It gives you the impression they were made by illustrators rather than photographers and belong in a comic book...would also like to see the "original photographs" rather than this. My first disappointing buy in Amazons otherwise pretty great collection of photo books.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2011 18:48:55 GMT
Ml Flynn says:
yup. agree with both of above reviews. initially saw a few photos from the book in Sunday Times supplement a while ago. bought the book on that basis. too video game like for my liking.

Posted on 11 Dec 2012 14:03:49 GMT
Zepp2010 says:
I've yet to buy this one, but I spent some time looking through it in Waterstones (from which I'll buy it to keep some bookshops in the high-street). Yes, the images are very 'HDR', but the appeal is a subjective matter. I like this style myself, as it makes a powerful artistic statement about the places. Straight photography can be too factual for me, unless it's done very well (and by that, I mean great skill in lighting, exposure and post dodging / shading etc.). Pseudo HDR images can be over-the-top and have a 'Marmite' following. If you do like this effect, then this is certainly a well presented book with some stunning imagery.
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