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Have a great weekend everyone ( while I work 12 hour shifts ) :-)
I think your game is just fine Bill! But us photographers are always striving for better. It's exhausting! Go to work Rich so you can buy another lens! [:
Hey Bill, I say I'm not a fan of HDR because most of what I see of it looks like photos on steroids, however in your photos if you are useing HDR as much as you say in your bio I must admit I am not detecting it as such. And I hope you take that as a compliment. I still have a lot to learn about every aspect of this game and have no clue as to how to use HDR. But it is my understanding that the advantage of HDR is to be able to replicate what our eyes actually see in the photographic scene as far as the spectrum from shadows to highlights. When I see many HDRs here it doesn't seem to me that that's what the photographer tried to accomplish, they seem to have what I call a "grundge effect" which is what I'm not a big fan of.
I do, Dan (take it as a compliment, that is). And while some scenes look good with the grunge treatment, I definitely think it's overused, and many of the bad examples are far too bright and cartoonish. I usually aim for something more like a good wildlife painting - lots of saturation and detail and often a little warmer than natural, but not completely unrealistic. When I do one that's over-the-top for artistic effect, I try to come up with a unique look so it's obvious that I didn't just push a preset, and I still try not to introduce any halos or other artifacts.
Dan, just keep doing what you are doing with your images. You are doing artful photographs ..... through unique landscapes, mostly. You don't need to get bogged down with the technical stuff. You have a natural eye. Trust that eye.
Thanks Tom, I guess there's more than one way to skin a cat. Like many things there is no right or wrong way when it comes to photography. Each person has to decide what they think is right for their images and it's probably best to keep an open mind when judging both your own and others photography.
I agree with Tom, Dan - all your shots have great color and contrast, and you do find a lot of great scenes. The big advantage of HDR for me is that I'm usually running around shooting a lot of different places during the course of a day, so I can't get perfect light at all of them. HDR gives me the ability to create a lot of good images from scenes that were shot under less-than-optimal conditions. I like to shoot almost everything bracketed so I can do an HDR if I want or need to, but RAW files are so malleable that many times I can get a good image from a single exposure, and quite often I discover a more artistic look in the under- or over-exposed frames.
Bill, keep on doing what you doing, too. You compose wonderful images with saturated colors and thoughtful composition. Sounds like you've found your method. I think that's what taking quality images is all about, each photographer finding his or her own style, then figuring out the technical stuff to make it work.
By the way, if you are importing RAW images, you should be able to adjust the image to get what you want from a single exposure... especially to handle underexposure. Overexposure is a tough climb. However, if HDR works for you, great!
As an HDR I think it is stunning.
It's great to see all the comments that this picture has generated. I have had a chance to read all, but my time is more limited these days to do a lot of comments back each time. I do appreciate the feedback and opinions from each of you. Sometimes I think HDR is used too much in scenes with very little contrast. Since the time I had posted this picture, I have decided to have most of my landscape/nature shots be non-HDR. However, if there is a great range of difference in the shadows and highlights, I may decide to do a HDR. So much depends upon the scene itself and how it lends to a HDR photo. I like to see old buildings and old cars as HDR's, just something about how they look. For those of you that have the processing technique mastered, keep up the great work.