One of my biggest beefs with poorly rendered HDR is how completely flat it looks. I’ve seen some VERY well done HDR… but this isn’t one of them. SO let’s crop out some horrendous background (thank you for that) and make it all 3d with some carefully placed shadows. Still out of focus, still overprocessed… but hey – he did some photoshop tricks! It just begs the question… why?
This probably would’ve been a cool image if it weren’t for the unnecessary ridiculous post-processing shenanigans.