A buddy of mine asked me the other day if I had ever heard of the Dave Hill Effect. I laughed and told her she hadn't been reading the blog enough. I've written a couple times about the DHE (and here). Now, this friend is a very clever photographer and a master refinisher. The fact that she hadn't used the DHE shocked me. She does marvelous HDR work, her compositing is outstanding and anyone looking for a photographer to give them some very unique work should run out to hire this photographer. Here's a link to her site. Check it out. We were out the other evening preparing for an night train shoot we're doing at the end of October She was doing the test shots while I, along with her husband, was playing roadie. Setting up locations, lights and carrying gear. She sent me over one of her tests. As usual, a great HDR of a passenger car we'll be using as a "prop" on the night of the shoot. I asked her to send the 0 EV exposure over so I could see what a straight shot would good like. I wanted to check how the interior versus exterior lights played. Since we'd been talking about the Dave Hill Effect, and I just happened to have it queued up as a preset in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, I just popped the image with it and sent it back for her to check out. It got me to thinking about what would happen if HDR was combined with the DHE. I'd guess it ends up as D2H2RE or something equally as confusing. In any case I thought I explore it with today's image. So, today we have an image that's one part HDR, one part DHE and a couple other parts "normal" finishing thrown in. If you'd like to learn more about what this poor image went through to get where it is, hit the "Read More".