If I wanted to make a quilt with a fused fabric Dexter on it, the faux HDR pic would give me a great start to trace on a light box. It seems to limit or separate the photo into fewer distinct colors, which is a necessary step in fused fabric applique. Other than that, I prefer the original version. Captures his intensity.Carol
Randy in Tampa Bay: looks too busy.Original looks like Dexter is coming back to you out of a misty background.
To photo - scary!
While darkening the original or touching up the contrast a little bit might really be nice, this style really over-contrasted in my opinion. Parts of definition in the picture are lost.If you could find a balance in between it might look good, however. I'm as much an editing snob as a photography bloke, I s'pose. xD Still, it's a great capture either way.
In the original version, Dexter seems more the center of focus. In the adjusted photo, you loose that. He doesn't pop out at you as much.
I agree -- he looks kinda scary in the top picture!
I have no idea what HDR is or what it is for. That said, I like the original a lot better.