hey, so i would say that less would be more, especially in this picture i think that the HDR look is too much. maybe B/W would bee better or you change the look and give it a complete sureal view. the extreme overdriven blacks giving me the feeling that the people in the picture have a strange kind of illnes^^ so but that is just my opinon, maybe other people like it more than me. Hope you take it with a smile
have a nice day and i am lookin forward for an answer
if you want to give me one ^^
I might be guilty at times for overusing the effect. However, I find it adds an emotional intensity to the composition. I am less concerned with realistic photography and more appreciative of the emotional impact to be acquired thru photo manipulation. Sometimes, as you suggested, turning this effect into B/W works great and avoids some of the complications that creep up with skin tonality. I will experiment further. Thanks for the great critique!