HDR Stop Motion Adventure Piece Through Georgia (The Country)

I’ve been waiting for someone to do an HDR stop motion flick and here it is described as an "HDR hyperlapse postcard that will take you to a journey through Georgia - probably the most friendly country in the world." This motion piece shows us a side of Georgia that differs from what most mainstream media portrays the country as, all with the hate it or love it HDR effect. 

As most of us can agree, the term HDR is unsettling for a lot of photographers and high pass retouching has little place in the commercial or portrait industry. It’s almost like the hair style of the 90’s or clothes from the 80’s- at the time it seemed legit but looking back at the photo we cringe a little and think “what was I thinking?” The mere utterance of the word HDR from a client can make a photographer cringe.  There is definitely a time and a place for HDR done to this degree and I think it’s fitting for this surreal adventure motion piece. HDR critics aside, I think it’s amazing that two people, at almost any level, can grab a camera and a tripod and create such a captivating video. Can you imagine trying to do this 10 years ago? The fact that all of this footage (about 60GB) could have all been shot on 1 card then batch processed with similar presets is a super efficient workflow. Does everyone remember one of the first actual HDR videos from about 3 years ago using 2 5D MK II's?

What do you all think of the post work done in this video?  What’s your go to HDR method, software, or plugin? How would you have done this differently and why?

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Gary W. Martin is a commercial photography producer and founder of PRO EDU. His company creates documentary style Photography and Photoshop tutorials with some of the best photographer/instructors in the world. Gary has spent 20% of his life abroad and once made a monkey faint in Costa Rica. He speaks English and Romanian.

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I didn't realise Georgia was radioactive.

This would've been much better without the cheesy HDR technique.

i like it.
:-) well done!

love the video, very creative, i wish i could come up with ideas for stuff like this. Looking back in a few years at HDR will surely not make you cringe as much as looking back at selective colour wedding photos do now


Kuddos for the whole inception concept and execution but that HDR horror.... god it's spotty, mesy, uneven and unnecessary. I mean HDR in a larger valley in direct sunlight... WHY?

take out the HDR and I,m sure it's a wonderfull video...until then....

HDR has its place, and this is one of them. Very nicely done and magical.

The point of HDR is for it to look natural. guh.