I captured a scene with a crummy IP camera at -2, 0, +2 EV intending to join them into an HDR image: Image Gallery
When I create a new HDR image with Luminance HDR 2.5.1., the exposure values are somehow read as -1.99, +0.00, +0.32, which is unexpected as the EXIF data says -2, 0, +2. I adjust these parameters to their expected values and then use Profile 1 to create the image.
Here's what I get:
The sky looks terrible, with solid blotches of gray that are much darker than the source image. It seems to be this way regardless off which tone mapping operator I choose. I understand if the sky is blown-out in the resulting image, but how can I make the appearance less dramatic?