Why would you do that, what was wrong with the lightning on the picture? It's not like there were terribly dark areas while others were blindingly bright? You can also see by the result that there's barely any difference to the original. :?
A simple highlight/shadow correction and some curves would have done a perfect job. I think most people misinterpret the concept of HDR with regards to what exactly it means and when it is useful.
PS: I agree with BCS, waaaaaay to much contrast, first picture I can't even see the difference between the body panel and the wheel, everything is pure black. And my monitor is mildly set up, I can imagine on most screens where the contrast is cranked up to the max it looks probably even worse.
My monitor is hardware calibrated and I can tell you they look way out of whack. far, far too much contrast.
How does that take away from the picture? It looks great on mine. I don't know what hardware calibrated means, but how are you supposed to take a picture that looks good on a screen that the photographer can't even see? I'm a little confused on this.
I think he did a great job, the raw pictures are best. I don't like photoediting, it defeats the purpose of picture taking.
The edits look really, really, horrible, save for maybe the last couple. Easy on the contrast!
I'm the one who took the photos, so i posted them on my brothers account, and he was the one that just replied. I will now make a separate account for myself.
How the hell do you "calibrate" your monitor? I'd be interested in doing this.